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7/20/17 @ 3:55 PM
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Rich Simak
Rich Simak
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MOON PHASE (11%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

On the clear water lakes walleye are moving deeper during the day. Look for them on deep edges. At low light and darkness they are moving in deeper weeds 14-17 feet. The smallies are scattered mostly from 14-25 feet in rock/weed combinations. In the past week we have also encountered some beautiful bonus perch around dusk.

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7/18/17 @ 3:58 PM
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Waning Crescent

Excerpts from the July 17, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The start to this week includes strong chances for rain and/or thunderstorms, but from Wednesday on, it appears to bring warm, dry (or drier) weather, with mostly slight chances for precipitation. Let’s face it – if you get a little wet at 80-some degrees you are not going to suffer from frostbite. Put on a rain jacket and go fishing (or whatever)

“Last week, my son and four grandsons spent some time on the lake and caught every species in the lake,” says Pat at Happy Hooker... “Using small surface baits and bucktails, they found muskies just off shallow weeds into drop-offs. They found walleye around deeper rock and weed bars by using crawler rigs and small crankbaits. Other anglers report success on jig and minnow combinations. Early mornings and later afternoon/evenings, the cooler times of the day, are best...  Northern pike are in shallow weed areas, hitting spinnerbaits, spoons, and bucktails. For largemouth in and around shallower weeds and structure, use crawlers, surface baits, and small spoons with Twister Tails. Smallmouth are on deeper rocky points and gravels bars and Beetle Spins and crawlers work well... Catch crappies in weeds in 5-8 feet with crappie minnows, tube jigs, and Beetle Spins.”  

Loren at Hayward Bait says musky fishing is finally in full swing... “Green blade spinners/bucktails, gliders, and topwaters late in the day work well. Make subtle changes, such as blade color, rather than abandoning a spinner for a glider... Walleye fishing is steady on Mimic Minnows and jigs, Lindy Rigs, and large leeches on jigs... Northern pike are in weedlines in 8-10 feet. Use bucktails and pre-rigged swimbaits, letting them sink to about 6 feet, then alternating retrieves between slow-rolling and burning baits. Again, make slight rather than drastic lure changes... Bass fishing remains excellent for anglers willing to search shallow and deep, as fish are still very much in post-spawn transition. Smallmouth have joined largemouth in 4-8 feet on the edges of shallow water. Throw wacky-rigged finesse worms under deeper docks and heavier jigs into heavy cover/structure, topwater in weeds/pads, and poppers/walking baits in open water... Fish panfish around brush piles, stumps, and rock reefs in 5-10 feet. Cast small hair jigs, bare or tipped with waxies, set 3-4 feet down on slip bobber rigs.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky action remains solid... "During early morning and evening hours, fish surface baits and bucktails on weed edges, drop offs, and breaks. Trolling open water for suspending muskies is effective with Believers, Grandmas, and Matlocks run 4-7 feet down over cover in 13-20 feet... Walleye numbers are solid, but fish size frustrates anglers. Try leeches and crawlers on deeper weedlines and breaks. Slip bobber fishing is effective, but your best bet is using the trolling motor to cover the edge of weedlines during sunset... Northern pike patterns do not fluctuate much this time of year. Use spinnerbaits and spoons to target weed areas with baitfish. For bigger pike, concentrate on bays on the far west end... Crappie fishing is consistent on bogs starting about 8 p.m., but patterns during other times change daily. Find them on cribs today and maybe in deeper weeds or brush piles tomorrow.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Musky: Musky activity is very good, increasing along with the temperatures. Target the edges of weedlines, breaklines, drop-offs, points, and bars. Best bait choices at this time include bucktails, spinnerbaits, stickbaits, gliders, and topwaters. Trolling open water over submerged cover can also be effective.  

Walleye: Walleye fishing is consistent, with evening into dark the most productive time, as usual. During the day, concentrate on deeper weeds and weedlines, breaklines, rock bars, and other structure. In the later, low/no light hours, move to somewhat shallower weedlines and any other cover that can hold baitfish. A variety of baits and presentations are working, including crawlers and leeches on jigs, harnesses, and Lindy Rigs, jigs/minnows, and casting and trolling crankbaits, stickbaits, and minnow baits. 

Northern Pike: Northern pike always seem to be active in weeds, both shallow and deep, as well as around panfish concentrations. Spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, bucktails, topwaters, and swimbaits will all produce action, as will northern suckers under bobbers. As always, fish bigger baits in deeper water for trophy pike.      

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action is good to very good in very shallow to mid-depth areas containing weeds, lily pads, wood, brush, downed trees, stumps, and other structure providing good cover. The most productive baits include topwaters (frogs, Jitterbugs, poppers), rigged worms, spoons with Twister Tails, crawlers, and leeches.     

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing is excellent in various depths, from shallow to deep, on weeds, lily pads, rock and gravel points and bars, docks, and other structure. Top baits include plastics (rigged worms, tubes, grubs, crayfish imitations), poppers, Beetle Spins, crawlers, leeches, and minnows.     

Crappie: Crappies are scattered and moving to deeper weeds, brush, stumps, rock, and other structure. Crappie minnows, waxies, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, plastics, tube jigs, and Gulp! baits fished under slip bobbers will all work, as will small Beetle Spins.

Bluegill: Larger bluegills are in somewhat deeper water near weeds, brush, and bogs. Use waxies, worms, crawler chunks, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks, with or without bobbers.

Perch:  Fish for perch around weeds, rock, and brush in various depths with waxies, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs or plain hooks under slip bobbers. 

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7/11/17 @ 9:48 AM
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Excerpts from the July 10, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Current forecasts indicate a mild, mostly dry week, aside from possible severe storms Tuesday night into Wednesday. Summer season is short in the North Woods – do not let “possible” weather affect your outdoor recreation pursuits! Get out and enjoy as much as you can of all the area offers! 

“Warming water sparked angler enthusiasm, especially musky hunters,” says Pat at Happy Hooker... “Musky action is good on surface baits near weeds and trolled/cast crankbaits and Bull Dawgs in deeper water... Walleye fishing slows significantly when cold fronts pass through. When it warms, fish return to more aggressive feeding patterns. Jigs and minnows still work best. During the day, work holes and humps in 12-18 feet. In evening into night, fish shallow weeds and rocky shorelines... For northern pike, fish the weeds with Johnson Silver Minnows, #3 Mepps, and larger minnows...  Largemouth fishing is good on surface baits and wacky worms around shallow weeds and shoreline cover such as docks. Smallmouth moved to hard bottom areas for the summer and crayfish imitations work best... Crappie action is good in shoreline cover and weeds. Use minnows under bobbers, Tattle Tails, Mini Mites, and small plastics. Catch bluegills with leaf worms in shallow weeds and along shorelines. Find perch in deeper weeds with small leeches.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says musky action is starting to pick up on a variety of tactics...  “Topwaters and bucktails are producing on main lake weed and rock bars in 8-15 feet, but if fishing is slow, try jerkbaits during the day... Walleye action is decent, with leeches on slip bobbers fished on deep weedlines working well during lowlight periods. During the day, bottom bounce crawler harnesses in 20-32 feet, just outside prime shallow flats. Another daytime tactic that works well in deep water is casting and hopping Jigging Rapalas along those deep breaks... Northern pike action is good along the weeds, though the larger fish are moving deeper with the warmer temperatures. Spinnerbaits, swimbaits, spoons, and chatterbaits all work... Crappie action is a little tougher, but still some decent reports. Fish deeper water off weed edges with crappie minnows and Gulp! baits. Bluegill reports are good on most lakes. Fish relatively shallow with leaf worms and waxies.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleye fishing is steady for anglers jigging fatheads and leeches and casting and trolling Rapalas... Catch northern pike by casting larger bucktails, spinnerbaits, and surface baits. For largemouth bass, fish in or on the edges of weed beds, lily pads, and shady spots... Larger crappies and bluegills are in 8-10 feet. Bobber fish live bait or cast Cubbies, Beetle Spins, and Mimic Minnows."

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky fishing is very good, though more for numbers than size... “Muskies are definitely active, with bucktails, shads, and spinnerbaits the most productive and surface baits producing some action in early morning and late evening... Walleye action slowed compared to previous weeks, with leeches, crawlers, Flicker Shads, and plastic minnows the baits of choice. One east side angler reports larger walleyes on #7 firetiger Flicker Shads on 12-foot brushy flats... Northern pike are active in weeds on silver and green Tinsel Tail spinners and Johnson Silver Spoons. For larger pike, work bays on the far west side... Largemouth fishing is quiet. Consider fishing Callahan Lake with purple Senkos and purple Tinsel Tail spinnerbaits. Smallmouth action is good on square-bill crankbaits fished around shoreline rocks and stumps during the evening. During the day, try crawlers in cribs... Crappie fishing is good on crappie minnows, Crappie Scrubs, and Gulp! Minnows fished 6-8 feet down under bogs.”  

FISHING REPORT 

Musky: Musky fishing is good and getting better, with anglers seeing very good numbers of fish. Concentrate on weeds, weed, stump, and rock bars, and shallow drop-offs out to 18 feet. Baits of choice include bucktails, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, Bull Dawgs, Bobbie Baits, and stickbaits, with topwaters most effective in low light hours.

Walleye: Walleye action is slower, though consistent, with low light/evening hours best. During the day, work deep weedlines, breaks, brush, humps, and holes. In low light, target shallow weeds, weed edges, weedy flats, rocky shorelines, and drop-off edges. Productive baits include jigs/minnows; crawlers and leeches on slip bobbers, crawler harnesses, and bottom bouncers; Jigging Raps; and cast/trolled Beetle Spins, stickbaits, and crankbaits.

Northern Pike: Northern pike fishing is very good and perhaps a “trip-save” for many anglers. Work weeds, weed edges, and near panfish with spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, swimbaits, chatterbaits, bucktails, and topwaters, as well as large minnows/northern suckers under bobbers.    

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth fishing is good to very good in/on/along shallow to mid-depth weeds, docks, lily pads, brush, downed trees, and other shoreline cover. Plastics in various configurations – tubes, rigged/pre-rigged worms – crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwaters will all entice largemouth.   

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing is challenging, though good once you locate the fish on cribs, stumps, rocks, and other deeper, hard bottom areas. Imitation crayfish remain the most productive bait, with crankbaits, assorted plastics, and crawlers also working well.   

Crappie: Crappie action is good, though slowed a bit. Look for fish in various depths, from 6 feet out, around weeds/weed edges, brush, and bogs. The most productive baits include crappie minnows, Tattle-Tails, Mini-Mites, small plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs or hooks under slip bobbers, and small Beetle Spins.   

Bluegill: Bluegill action is good in and around shallower weeds and shoreline cover in most waters, with larger fish out to more than 10 feet. Top baits include waxies, worms, leaf worms, crawler pieces, and small plastics fished under slip bobbers. Try small minnows for bigger ‘gills and to avoid “bait robbers.”   


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7/9/17 @ 12:23 PM
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Rich Simak
Rich Simak
USER since 6/3/11

MOON PHASE (100%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Fishing is good on Hayward's clear water lakes if you can avoid the persistent storms. For the most part we are finding fish on the deeper edges of        weed / rock combinations. There are some fish around fish cribs but many of those areas are getting overrun with panfish.

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7/6/17 @ 4:06 PM
GITCHEGUMEE
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Stayed at Treeland Resorts RV Park for their fishing tournament little pricey but very nice and full hookups just ask them and they will give you a slip at the resort for your boat.

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7/6/17 @ 3:19 PM
Fireman Ken
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Did you call the Hayward Lakes Visitors Bureau?  The web site and phone are in the post below yours.

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7/6/17 @ 12:30 PM
Chipriverrat
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Sorry, might not be the most appropriate post but the body of knowledge among all that use this site is my best bet.

I'm looking for a campground that has dock space and an RV site on the flowage for the weekend of aug. 5th. I will be bringing my Lund 1700 so a decent landing would be needed as well. I've tried Sisko's and Lake Chippewa campground (Sisko's no dock space and water too high for beach parking. Lake Chippewa no space). Any other area lakes with dock space and RV parking would be considered as well! 

I'll post a report of how we do after that weekend. 

Thanks in advance, 


CRR

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7/4/17 @ 9:42 AM
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Waxing Gibbous

Excerpts from the July3, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

This week “could” be the best of this summer (so far) IF the forecast comes to fruition. Sunny, warm, and mostly dry (chances of showers and t-storms possible), with highs in the upper 70s and 80s and lows in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Get out and enjoy this great weather and all the North Woods offers for outdoor recreation!

“As cold fronts continued to pass through the area,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “one might have thought it was still April... Musky anglers report many follows, but few hookups, with most action on smaller bucktails, surface baits, and deep running baits off weeds. Look for better action and some good night fishing when the water warms... Walleye fishing is fair on fatheads, leeches, and crawlers around weeds in 10-15 feet, with best fishing in shallower water just before dusk into nighttime... Northern action is very good in the weeds, their primary summer feeding area, and cold fronts do not seem to affect them... Bass fishing is especially good for largemouth in/around weeds, docks, piers, and all types of structure out to 10 feet. Plastics of all types, surface baits, and leeches all work well. Smallmouth are on deeper rocks and hard bottom areas eating crayfish. Use crayfish imitations such as tube jigs and other plastics, crankbaits bounced off rocks, and leeches... Crappies are hitting crappie minnows in mid-depth weeds and on shoreline cover when the water warms. The many small bluegills are taking worms in shallow weeds. Catch perch in weeds and on mudflats with leeches and leaf worms.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleye fishing is steady both above and below the dam.  “Use leeches and minnows, troll the channel in midday, and cast stickbaits early and late in the day. Anglers using bucktails, spinners, and large plugs are catching some nice northern pike... For largemouth bass, toss dressed swim jigs, spinners, scented rubber bodies, and plastic frogs... Crappies are scattered. Drift near structure jig- and bobber-fishing waxies, worms, leeches, and Gulp! baits until you locate the fish. Bluegills finished spawning, so fish out from shore with live bait and artificials on small jigs and hooks.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky fishing is steady, though not explosive... “Most action is on bucktails and swimbaits in shallow weed beds and on breaks. Muskies are typically not far from their food and bluegills are in the shallows. If you know where panfish action is good, muskies might be in the area... Walleye fishing remains constant, with a few keepers here and there. Leeches are out-producing crawlers and minnows, while shad-style crankbaits are triggering strikes on breaks and bogs... Northern pike fishing is excellent, with anglers for all species reporting pike action, and sizes ranging from hammer handles up to mid-30s fish. For large fish, target the west end with spinnerbaits... Largemouth bass are a bit quiet, but smallmouth remain active on wood and rock, with Chigger Craws, Senkos, and frogs producing the most action. If fishing is tough, try crawlers in the cribs, especially during mid-day... Crappies are pushing into summer spots and the bite typically starts around 8 p.m. on bogs, brush piles, and cribs. Crappie minnows, Crappie Scrubs, and Gulp! Minnows are the baits of choice.”  

FISHING REPORT

Musky:  Musky fishing is fair, though most anglers are seeing quite a few fish, but the challenge is getting those fish to hit the baits. Look for muskies around shallow weeds, weed beds, and weedlines, breaklines, and near panfish concentrations. The most productive baits include small bucktails, swimbaits, stickbaits, crankbaits, and topwaters.  

Walleye:   Walleye fishing is fair to good, with best success – as is usually the case – in late evening into after dark. Concentrate on weeds, weedlines, bogs, and breaks in 8-18 feet. Top bait choices include fatheads, walleye suckers, leeches, and crawlers on jigs, split shot rigs, and live bait rigs, and cast and trolled stickbaits and crankbaits.  

Northern Pike:   Northern pike fishing is very good to excellent in shallow to mid-depth weeds and anywhere you find panfish concentrations. Bucktails, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, stickbaits, surface baits, and northern suckers under bobbers are all productive offerings. For trophy pike, fish bigger baits in deeper water.  

Largemouth Bass:   Largemouth action is good to very good around shallow to mid-depth weeds, weedlines, wood, docks, downed trees, brush, bogs, and other structure. Largemouth are hitting a variety of baits, including plastics in most configurations, swim jigs, spinners, topwaters/frogs, leeches, and crawlers.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth bass action is fair to good, with fish holding on deeper wood, rock, and other hard bottom areas, as well as cribs. Plastics, particularly crawfish imitations, worms in various riggings, tubes, crankbaits, topwaters/frogs, leeches, and crawlers will all entice smallmouth bass.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is fair to good, with fish in various locations and depths. Try deeper weeds, shoreline structure, docks, brush, bogs, and cribs. Crappie minnows, worms, leeches, plastics, Tattle-Tails, Mini-Mites, and Gulp! baits are the baits of choice. Best success is in late afternoon and evening hours.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill action is good to very good in shallow weeds and somewhat deeper water as the ‘gills finish spawning. Waxies, worm, leaf worms, plastics, and Gulp! baits on jigs and plain hooks will all catch bluegills.  

Perch:  Perch fishing is good in/on/around weeds and flats with waxies, leaf worms, leeches, and minnows.  


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6/28/17 @ 12:43 PM
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Rich Simak
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Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Warm, breezy weather had walleye moving in the weeds on clear water lakes in the Hayward area. The fish pictured was the largest of six eyes caught on slip floats with leeches on Tuesday evening.

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6/27/17 @ 3:07 PM
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Excerpts from the June 26, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The sometimes sun and sometimes showers trade-offs continue this week, with the possibility of strong storms in the mix. Temperatures remain cool for this time of year. Follow your plans, carry bug spray, keep an eye on the sky “just in case,” and do get out and enjoy outdoor recreation in the North Woods regardless of the weather!  

“Weed growth is good,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “though high lake levels make it appear as if the weeds have not come up. Most landings are easy to use and in good shape.  

“Musky fishing is somewhat slow, but the fish are hitting smaller bucktails and surface baits over the weeds. Muskies will become more aggressive as the water temperature warms.

“Walleye fishing is still surprisingly good for anglers using jigs and flatheads, with some anglers starting to use leeches and crawler halves with moderate success. Look for fish in both shallow weeds and deeper water off humps and rice beds. On the larger lakes, work breaklines in 12-15 feet. In the evening, walleyes move into weeds for feeding.

“Northern pike are providing some good action in the weeds on larger fatheads and suckers under bobbers, flashy artificials, and surface baits.

“Largemouth bass are around all types of cover, including piers, boathouses, downed trees, and weeds. Plastics and wacky worms are working, along with surface baits and spinnerbaits. Crawlers attract too many bluegills. Smallmouth are on deeper rock/gravel areas and dragging/jerking crayfish imitations work best. Leeches and crawler halves also work very well.

“Panfish action is good. Crappies are in the weeds or around shoreline structure, with minnows and small plastics working well. For bluegills, fish the shorelines with leaf worms. Catch perch in deeper weeds with waxies, worms, and small leeches.”

Bob at Hayward Bait says water temperatures remain around 68-72 degrees depending on the lake.  

“Musky fishing is getting better and if you locate any bluegills a musky or two will not be far away. Walleye anglers are still catching fish on walleye suckers, fatheads, leeches, crawlers, and deep crankbaits.

“Bass fishing picked up, with various plastics such as Senkos and Texas and wacky rigged worms very effective. Crappies are near deeper structure and on the edges of weedlines and breaklines and bluegills are pushing shallow.”

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleye anglers are having some success.  

“Jig leeches and minnows, work deep divers in the river channel, and troll or cast shallow divers along the shorelines early and late in the day.

“Northern pike and largemouth bass action is good on dressed Mepps, willow spinnerbaits, wacky worms, and frogs cast in and over weedlines and weed beds.

“Crappies are scattered, so drift with live bait or try Beetle Spins, Mimic Minnows, and Gulp! baits. Fish bluegills around brush, stumps, and cribs with waxies, worms, and crawler chunks.”

Carolyn at Anglers All in Ashland says Chequamegon Bay continues to fish reasonably well, despite fluctuating clean/dirty water conditions.  

“Smallmouth are in transition, with many fish going on a post spawn feed and others recuperating or even still spawning, though it is hard to tell with the dirty water. The most productive presentation is finesse fishing plastics, such as wacky-wormed Senkos, beaver type baits, and Twister Tails on light jigs, moving them slowly along the bottom. With the smallmouth now on the move throughout the Bay, they can be anywhere there is structure.

“Walleye anglers are fishing in – and in the mouths of – Fish Creek and Kakagon sloughs and in the drops into the channel. Anglers are having success jigging leeches, crawlers, and minnows, slow-trolling crawler harnesses, and slow-trolling stickbaits in the evening.

“Trout (mostly lake trout) and salmon fishing is very good, particularly out in the Islands. Most trollers are now using spoons and Spin-n-Glos when fishing deeper water, though some anglers are still using stickbaits on the first drops.”

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses spawning – a great way to lose weight!  

“In May and June, you can observe male smallmouth bass guarding their nests and research shows this can be very taxing for the fish.

“A male smallmouth must guard the nest from predators while constantly fanning his fins to aerate the eggs. This creates a constant energy demand throughout a spawning season that in some cases can last almost a month. Some research shows that a smallmouth guarding a nest will expend 60 percent more energy than at other times of the year.

“While guarding the nest, a male cannot leave the nest for long stretches of time and may not have many opportunities to feed. Instead, it must rely on finding food nearby. This combination of high-energy demand and low feeding can result in significant weight loss of guarding smallmouth.

“Because spawning occurs in the spring after the bass have used their fat reserves to get through winter, smallmouth typically burn lean tissues – muscle – for energy during spawning. Studies show that on average a smallmouth loses about 3 percent of its muscle mass during a week of nest guarding.

“For smallmouth bass and other nest guarding species, the stress and physical demand associated with spawning can lead to relatively high post-spawn mortality.”

FISHING REPORT

Musky:

Musky action is fair, with anglers seeing many fish, even if having difficulty teasing them into strikes. Look for weeds and panfish in shallow to mid-depths. The best bite is primarily on bucktails and topwaters.

Walleye:  

Walleye anglers continue to catch fish, though fish are scattered in various depths. Look for weeds, rice beds, breaklines, humps, and river channels, keying on shallower water in early morning and evening hours. Walleye suckers, fatheads, leeches, and crawlers on jigs and live bait rigs, as well as trolled crankbaits and stickbaits are all effective at the right time and place.

Northern Pike:  

Northern pike continue to offer very good fishing wherever there are weeds and/or panfish concentrations. Sucker minnows and fatheads under bobbers, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, stickbaits, and topwaters will all catch fish. For trophy pike, fish larger baits in deeper water.

Largemouth Bass:  

Largemouth action is good and improving on most waters. The bass are around various cover, including weeds, wood, docks, downed trees, brush, bogs, and cribs. Plastics such as worms in various riggings, topwater frogs, and creature baits, crankbaits, spinners, and spinnerbaits are all producing fish.

Smallmouth Bass:  

Smallmouth have moved deeper and fishing is best on hard bottom rock and gravel areas. The most productive baits are plastics, particularly crayfish imitations, as well as tubes, Senkos, Texas and wacky rigged worms, and live bait such as minnows, leeches, and crawlers.

Crappie:  

Crappies are scattered and fishing is good, though now in somewhat deeper water around weeds, weed edges, brush, and breaklines. Best baits include crappie minnows, plastics, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, Beetle Spins, and Gulp! baits.

Bluegill:  

Bluegill action is good in shallower water on shorelines and in/near weeds, wood, stumps, brush, bogs, and cribs. Use waxies, worms, crawlers/crawler pieces, plastics, and Gulp! baits. Try small minnows for larger ‘gills.

For more information on area events and activities, visit the Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau website, view its Calendar of Events, or call 800-724-2992.  


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