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1/22/19 @ 9:16 AM
FISHING REPORT
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MOON PHASE (96%)
Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the January 21, 2019 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

This week’s forecast predicts some snow, temperatures significantly below average, and wind chill concerns all week. If you intend to enjoy some outdoor recreation, dress appropriately, go prepared, and use good sense! A slight warming trend begins the first of February and continues through the month (so “they” say).  

“The bite was up and down last week due to weather changes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Now we have the onset of some real winter weather and unless you have a shelter, ice fishing will be more difficult... Ice conditions have not changed much in the last two weeks, though some areas have slightly thicker ice. Most lakes now have vehicle traffic, but use caution, as always... Lately, the time of day is most important for the bite, which appears to be late afternoon into dusk. Walleye anglers are catching a few fish at dusk and it is important to spread out the tip-ups. Northern pike and bass anglers are taking some fish during daylight hours... Panfish anglers are catching fish in shallower, less-pressured areas having vegetation and transitioning to deeper basins. Small jigs and spoons tipped with minnows, waxies, and plastics are taking fish. If you cannot find fish willing bite it is time to change locations.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says ice conditions remain great, ranging from 11-14 inches... “Walleye anglers using a ‘run and gun’ approach are still having success. If that is not your preferred method, try a good spread of tip-ups with fluorocarbon leaders, small treble hooks, and walleye suckers suspended just off the bottom. Jigging is still very effective, with flutter and rattle spoons tipped with minnow heads in 22-27 feet ideal at this time...  Northern pike anglers are finding good success in 6-12 feet fishing tip-ups with northern suckers and quick strike rigs with large shiners... The panfish bite is steady, with anglers finding fish in 22-28 feet in some lakes and roaming fish in lakes with deeper basins. Tungsten jigs get down quickly, especially to panfish in deeper water, but do not overlook lead jigs if the bite becomes difficult. Lead gives more flutter and a slower fall when jigging. Tip your jigs with crappie minnows, waxies, and spikes.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Ice conditions remain good, with ice depths 14 inches and deeper on some lakes, and some anglers are now driving vehicles on the lakes. The lack of snow and incoming subzero temperatures this week should develop more ice thickness, but anyone going on the ice should still use great caution. Check with your favorite bait shop on the way to the lake for the most current information.

Walleye:  Walleye fishing is fair to good, but inconsistent. Best action is during low light periods such as late afternoon into dark. Tip-ups suspending walleye suckers near the bottom in 22-27 feet work well, as does jigging rattle and flutter spoons tipped with minnow heads. Work shallower water in the evening hours.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing is good to very good during the day. Concentrate on weedy areas in 6-12 feet, using northern suckers on tip-ups and shiners on quick-strike rigs.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is good to very good in 20-30 feet and around shallow weeds adjacent to deeper water. Use lead and tungsten jigs, jigging spoons, and plain hooks tipped with crappie minnows, waxies, and plastics. Be sure to check the entire water column, from bottom to top, and plan to keep on the move to stay with the schools.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is good in the same areas as for crappie – 20-30 feet and around shallow weeds adjacent to deeper water. The best presentations include lead and tungsten jigs, teardrops, and small jigging spoons, tipping all with waxies, spikes, and plastics. Try small minnows for larger ‘gills.  

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1/16/19 @ 10:55 AM
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Waxing Gibbous

Excerpts from the January 14, 2019 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

If you like cold temperatures, the extended forecast will suit you. Those who desire more snow could be in for disappointment. Regardless of the weather, make the most of each day!

“This weird winter has made ice fishing challenging,” says Pat at Happy Hooker... “Most lakes have 14 inches of solid ice and anglers are driving vehicles on some of them, but the recommendation remains snowmobiles and ATVs as the best mode for travel. The slush froze, so wearing cleats might be wise... Tip-ups with small suckers and shiners still produce northern pike and bass, and an occasional walleye near dark... Panfish anglers are catching crappie and bluegill on small jigs tipped with crappie minnows, plastics, and waxies.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says ice conditions are great, but wear cleats!... “Anglers are driving on a few lakes, though some have 10-14 inches with ice heaves, so follow stick trails for safe travel... Walleye anglers should look for deep weeds/sand grass and a transition to mud or rock in 22-28 feet. Tip spoons with fatheads or fathead heads... For northern pike, fish shallow inside turns, weeds, and structure in 6-12 feet with shiners and northern suckers on quick-strike rigs... Crappie and bluegill are in deep basins, with some crappies near weeds in 18 feet. Tip tungsten jigs with waxies and spikes.”  

FISHING REPORT

Walleye:  Walleye action is fair, but inconsistent, with best success during the low light hours. Concentrate on 20-28 feet in areas with weeds and sand grass transitioning to mud or rock, using jigging spoons with fatheads or just fathead heads.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing is fair to good, with anglers catching fish around weeds and structure in 5-15 feet. Use tip-ups with various sizes of suckers and shiners.  

Crappie:  Crappie action is fair, though slow, with fish primarily in deeper water, but some around weeds in less than 20 feet. Top baits include tungsten jigs with crappie minnows, waxies, and plastics. Downsizing can improve success.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is fair, with anglers finding some success around deeper water and/or near weeds and weedlines. Use small tungsten jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks with waxies, spikes, and plastics. Again, downsize to improve success.  

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1/8/19 @ 10:33 AM
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Waxing Crescent

Excerpts from the January 7, 2019 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

This week’s forecast indicates a return to more seasonal, winter-like weather, with chances for snow and temperatures around the historical average. The following week, however, temperatures return to the mid-30s, so make the best of it – get out and enjoy outdoor activities not usually possible this time of year!

“Ice thickness varies from lake to lake,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and presently averages 12-14 inches, still considered unstable for vehicle traffic. The safest access is by snowmobile, ATV, and walking... Walleye suckers and shiners on tip-ups are still producing walleye, northern pike, and bass. Now that we are through the holidays, there is low angling pressure and a good chance you will have a lot of area to yourself... Panfish are showing up on electronics, but certainly not biting like before the weather change. During a slow bite, it is important that you downsize and/or change presentations. Tipping tiny tungsten jigs with waxies or crappie minnows is always a good set-up for taking a few fish.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says there is plenty of ice and anglers report good success... “Walleye anglers should look for steep breaks and mud flats, particularly during early morning and last light evening hours, and use jigging spoons and minnow-style baits such as Hyper Glides and Jigging Raps tipped with fatheads...  Northern pike action is great on northern suckers and large shiners under tip-ups set off shoreline weed beds in 6-12 feet... Panfish anglers should look for deep basins in 28-38 feet. The fish move and graze, to drill and move to stay on top of them. Use tungsten jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, and plastics, switching to lead jigs for more subtle presentations during tough bite windows.”  

FISHING REPORT

Fluctuating weather patterns that include sunshine, mild temperatures, and rain (yeah, January rains) are keeping ice thickness hovering around 12 inches. Colder weather later this week should help maintain ice, if not build it. Check with your favorite bait shop for the most current ice conditions and fishing updates.

Walleye:  Walleye success is fair, with early morning and late evening (low light periods) producing the best action. Target mud flats and steep breaklines, fishing shallower in the evening hours. Walleye suckers and shiners under tip-ups are most productive, but jigging spoons, Jigging Raps, and similar baits tipped with fatheads are producing fish.  

Northern Pike:   Northern pike action is good to very good in depths to 14 feet around weeds and weed beds. Most anglers are having success using northern suckers and shiners under tips.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is fair to good, with late afternoon into evening hours the best times. Small jigs and plain hooks with crappie minnows, waxies, and plastics work well. For finicky fish, downsize offerings. Target deep water and – as always – check the ENTIRE water column!  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is fair to poor, having slowed with the weather changes. Use small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks tipped with waxies, spikes, and plastics. Plan to move with the fish and expect a challenge once you find them!  


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12/31/18 @ 12:08 PM
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Waning Crescent

Excerpts from the December 31, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Snow continues to fall in small quantities (subject to change!), but it is slowly accumulating and some snowmobiling is finally occurring in the area. Expect cold temperatures through New Year’s Day, followed by a warming trend with highs in the 30s starting Thursday and continuing through the weekend.  

Happy New Year!

“Fishing is good,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but temperatures in the mid thirties with a little snow and rain do not help build ice... Some lakes may have safe ice for a snowmobile or ATV, but use caution. If you trailer a snowmobile or ATV, be sure of the ice conditions before venturing out and check with local bait shops, resorts, and guides...  There were many anglers on the ice in the past week and they were finding success for northern pike and bass during the day by setting tip-ups with sucker minnows and shiners in shallower water. Walleyes are moving in during the later afternoon into late evening hours... Crappie anglers are catching fish on crappie minnows under bobbers and jigging in 16-18 feet. Vary bait depth, as sometimes fish are near the bottom and other times higher in the water column. The best time is late afternoon into the evening.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says ice fishing remains exceptional, with anglers chasing walleye, pike, and panfish... “Walleye action is good in 22-26 feet, with the best bet setting up off steep breaklines and near mudflats. Spoons and minnow-style jigging lures work well, tipping the lures with fathead heads. In addition, set tip-ups nearby suspending medium shiners or walleye suckers near the bottom... Northern pike anglers are finding good pike action with northern suckers and large shiners under tip-ups in depths from 6-12 feet... Panfish anglers should look for deeper lake basins, drill plenty of holes, and keep moving, as these fish tend to move often and graze while doing so. Tungsten jigs with panfish plastics will do for the hard-hitting fish, but for fish that lightly sniff the jigs, tip them with waxies or spikes to turn the fish into biters. Anglers dealing with more touchy bites are moving to even softer presentations.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Walleye:  Walleye anglers continue to do well fishing 20-30 feet off breaklines and on mudflats, as well as in shallower areas in late afternoon, late evening, and after dark. The most productive baits include walleye suckers, shiners, and fathead heads fished on jigs, jigging baits, and spoons, as well as under tip-ups holding the bait just off the bottom.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing is good to very good around weeds in depths out to 14 feet. Use suckers/northern suckers and large shiners under tip-ups.  

Crappie:  Crappie action is good to very good, with late afternoon into evening offering the best activity. Plan to do considerable drilling as well as moving with the fish, and look for fish in 16-18 feet in holes and basins. Best presentations include jigging tungsten jigs with crappie minnows, waxies, and plastics, or fish the same baits under bobbers. Check the entire water column, as fish could suspend anywhere from bottom to top. Improve your success by downsizing tackle.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is fair to good in deeper water on most lakes, but as with crappies, expect to drill and move to stay on the fish. Use small tungsten jigs and teardrops, tipping them with waxies, spikes, and plastics.  

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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12/30/18 @ 8:23 PM
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SpringBob
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USER since 11/21/18

MOON PHASE (36%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
12 inches

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Good crappie action on Lost Lake Lake this weekend.  4-5 feet off the bottom in 17 feet of water.  12” of ice.

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12/24/18 @ 10:49 AM
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Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the December 24, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Merry Christmas!

The forecast through Christmas includes highs in the 20 and lows in the teens. There are chances of a “major” snowstorm moving through the area starting Wednesday evening, followed by dropping temperatures and lows in the single digits to start the New Year.

“We had a bit of a thaw last week,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but cold nights kept ice thickness the same...  Most area lakes have 6-12 inches of ice and some offer snowmobile and ATV opportunities, but they are still not suitable for vehicle traffic, and as always, it is important to take safety precautions... The lakes are providing some good fishing and there is a noticeable increase in the number of portable shelters... Anglers using tip-ups with shiners and suckers are catching northern pike, bass, and an occasional walleye. It is important to check tip-ups often to chip ice away from the holes and get the minnows moving again. Please release the big fish and remember the importance of selective harvest on the fishery’s future... Panfish anglers report good success, with most fish coming from areas near vegetation in 10-16 feet. Use small jigs and tip them with crappie minnows, waxies, and soft plastics. The fish do move, so it is important to stay mobile. Cameras and/or electronics are definitely of benefit in finding fish.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says ice conditions are solid, with depths ranging from 6-10 inches, and fishing is exceptional...  “Walleye anglers are having success both jigging and using tip-ups, with most action during early morning and last light evening hours. For jigging, tip jigs with fatheads or minnow heads. For tip-up fishing, use medium shiners and walleye suckers...  Northern pike anglers are getting fish, too. Look just off weed beds and points in 6-10 feet. Northern suckers and large shiners are the favored baits...  Crappie and bluegill fishing is good, with anglers finding action in deeper basins. Small tungsten jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, and plastics is still the favorite presentation.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Ice conditions continue to improve with the cold night temperatures and lack of snow, and ice depths now range from 6-10 inches and more. However, these depths can vary significantly in short distances on lakes, so use extreme caution and check as you go. Anglers and others are taking snowmobiles and ATVs/UTVs on the ice, but the ice is not yet thick enough or consistent enough for vehicles. Use common sense and do not take unnecessary risks. Anglers should check with their favorite bait shop for the most current ice and fishing information for both their safety and fishing success.

Walleye:  Walleye anglers are enjoying good success, with best action in early morning hours and late afternoon into dark. Set up around weeds and weed beds in depths from 5-12 feet, using tip-ups with walleye suckers and shiners, or try jigs with fatheads or fathead heads, jigging spoons, Jigging Raps, and rattle baits.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike action is very good in, on, and around the edges of weeds, weed beds, and points in depths to 12 feet. Tip-ups with northern suckers and large shiners remain the most productive offering.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is good to very good for anglers who can locate and stick with them as they move. Concentrate on areas with vegetation in 10-20 feet and deep holes. Best success is with crappie minnows, waxies, and plastics.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is good when you can find and stay on the fish, as with crappies. Look for them around weeds and weed beds in 8-18 feet, as well in deeper holes. The most productive presentations include small tungsten jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks tipped with waxies, spikes, and plastics. Try small minnows for larger ‘gills in deeper water.  

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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12/18/18 @ 9:13 AM
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USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (81%)
Waxing Gibbous

Excerpts from the December 17, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The forecast for this week is once again calling for relatively mild weather for this time of year, with few chances of precipitation of rain, snow, or a mix of both. It appears this weather will hold for the remainder of December and into the New Year, if not beyond. The opportunities for snow, at this time, do not indicate much in the way of accumulation.  

“Ice conditions are becoming safer on most area lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with ice thickness from 4-10 inches, depending on the waterbody. Smaller lakes, shallower areas, and back bays of larger waters have safer ice for walking and fishing, and some four-wheelers and snowmobiles are traveling the lakes. As always, use caution, best judgment, and proper safety when venturing onto the ice... Anglers targeting shallower areas near shore report mixed success. Small suckers and shiners under tip-ups set over 5-8 feet are producing a mix of walleye, northern pike, and bass. Look for vegetation holding onto summer life and use minnows that reflect the size of the fish you are targeting...  Crappie anglers using small jigs tipped with crappie minnows and small plastics are taking some nice fish in 16-18 feet. The best bite is from mid-afternoon hours into just before dark... Panfish are nearby as well, and anglers are catching a nice mix of bluegills and perch on small teardrop jigs tipped with waxies and soft plastics in and around 5-10 feet. It is important to stay quiet so you do not spook the fish, especially shallower, highly pressured fish. If you are not using a camera, use the low power mode on your electronics to quiet the transducer noise.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says the North Woods has fantastic weather, good ice – and the fish are biting... "Anglers are taking advantage of the lack of snow and great fishing conditions to pull and drag ice shacks and gear on the ice. The current ice depth is about 6-8 inches, with some reports of upwards to 10 inches, and some folks are taking out ATVs, UTVs, and sleds while ice fishing... Walleye anglers report most of the action is during the early morning and last light evening hours. The best baits and presentations include jigging spoons, Jigging Raps, Hyper-Glides, Moonshine lures, and rattle baits... Northern pike anglers are doing well with northern suckers and large shiners under tip-ups. Look for active pike around any old weed growth and set tip-ups just off the weeds and into deeper water, ideally 6-10 feet... For crappie anglers, deadsticking crappie minnows or rosy reds are a great bet for additional action... Panfish anglers should look to deeper lake basins in 24-30 feet and use tungsten jigs, ultra light Rippin’ Raps, and Acme spoons tipped with waxies and spikes.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Ice thickness continues to grow with the cold nights and is as thick as 10 inches in a FEW areas. Ice is never 100 percent safe, so use common sense and caution when going onto the ice. Some anglers are taking ATVs/UTVs and snowmobiles, but do so only in areas you know and after checking the ice thickness. No reason to take chances – fishing is good and most of the season remains! There is minimal snow cover on the lakes at this time and travel conditions are very good. Check with your favorite shop for the most current, up-to-the-minute ice conditions and fishing information.

Walleye:  Walleye action is good, with best success in early morning hours or during the last light of the evening. Fish near shallower vegetation areas in 5-8 feet. The most productive offerings include walleye suckers and shiners under tip-ups, jigging spoons, rattle baits, Jigging Raps, Moonshine lures, and Hyper-Glides.  

Northern Pike:   Northern pike action is good for anglers fishing in and around weeds and vegetation in 4-12 feet, working shallow near-shore areas and weed edges. Top baits include northern suckers, walleye suckers, and large shiners under tip-ups.  

Crappie:   Crappie fishing is good to very good in 14-20 feet and anglers are icing some nice catches. Use crappie minnows, rosy reds, and plastics on small jigs, or try deadsticking crappie minnows and rosy reds.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is fair to good in deep basins and in depths varying from 5-30 feet. Anglers are also picking up some perch in these areas. Best bait choices include waxies, spikes, and plastics on tungsten jigs, small jigging baits, and spoons tipped with live bait.  

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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12/13/18 @ 7:51 PM
Carpio
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MEMBER since 11/5/17

KV.    Which flowage?   DONNERS BAY RESORT on the TURTLE FLOWAGE sounds like it would be up your alley!  Open all winter for all sports. Up until 5 years ago my buddy PORKY was the owner. Super fishing BUT tough to find a pattern. Big perch and crappies.  I’ve fished it many times but not thru the ice .  Good luck.     CARPIO 

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12/13/18 @ 12:09 PM
kvandehei33
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Anyone have any recommendations for a cabin/lodge that can house 10 guys for an ice fishing trip in the Hayward area? Would need to be on a lake that is typically accessible with vehicles (not the flowage) and nothing overly fancy. Preferably something low-key so we don't have to worry if we get a little loud at night. Wouldn't mind being on Namakagan, but we don't need something as fancy as what the resorts offer.

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12/11/18 @ 9:57 AM
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Waxing Crescent

Excerpts from the December 10, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The extended forecast (for what it is worth) shows highs in the low 30s for this week and next, with few chances of precipitation. The following two weeks indicate highs in the low to mid 20s, also with few expectations for precipitation. This will continue through much of January, with indications of some days in the 30s during the month.  

“Now that we are into December,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “it appears we are in for a long, productive ice fishing season. There are safe walking ice conditions on several lakes, but always use caution, and we are still a long way from heavy vehicle traffic. Stories of vehicles breaking through first-ice never fail to amaze and vehicles have already broken through some Wisconsin lakes... In this area, lakes have 6-8 inches of ice, but deeper lakes with larger water volume will not be as safe, so again, use caution. Right now, small to mid-size shallower lakes are most suitable for safe ice fishing on foot and often the most productive lakes this time of year... Walleyes are showing up in the late afternoon into past dark – and please be selective if taking some fish for a meal. Northern pike and bass are moving during the daytime hours... Anglers fishing around weeds in 10-18 feet report good success catching nice mixes of panfish and occasional predator fish. Crappies seem to be a later afternoon bite, but are here and there throughout the day. Tip-ups are seeing lots of action in shallower water near shorelines. A good presentation is a 1/32-oz. jig tipped with a crappie minnow or a couple waxies. A nice set-up is a jigging-stick hole and next to it a dead-stick hole with a crappie minnow under a float fished 1/4 of the way up off the bottom.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says anglers are getting on the ice, with many lakes having at least a solid 4 inches or more of ice and some with up to 8 inches... “Still, on any new body of water you decide to get on, err on the side of caution. With the low over-night temperatures, anglers should start to have a larger variety of lakes to ice fish... Walleye anglers should look for steep breaklines and points close to deep water and set tips-ups with small shiners or walleye suckers, and jigging can be extremely effective for walleyes in the early ice time of year. Jigging Raps, Hyper Glides, and other various styles of spoons work quite well, and try tipping these jigging lures with fathead minnow heads to seal the deal on walleye... Northern pike are fairly active and many anglers report some success just off weed edges fishing large shiners or northern suckers under tip-ups... Many anglers are chasing panfish and the fish are providing a solid bite. Panfish anglers are finding both crappies and bluegills as shallow as 16 feet to as deep as 26 feet. .. Schooled panfish tend to move often, so the key to success is to drill holes and keep moving. Tungsten jigs tipped with plastics and/or waxies and spikes are the baits of choice.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says the Chippewa Flowage ice depth is about 7 inches... “A few northern pike anglers say there is a decent pike bite on the west side, primarily on shiners, with the bays of Chief Lake offering the most action... The crappie bite is ‘okay,’ but as of yet there are no feeding frenzies, with crappie minnows and tungsten jigs the most popular presentations. Most action reports are from Scott Lake, although Pine Point and Moore’s Bay are also always popular spots this time of year.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Anglers are on the ice, with walking the wise and safest choice, even with reports of a few taking ATV/UTVs and, in some cases, vehicles. Again, the safe and wise choice is walking – ice depth reports range from 4-8 inches and you should definitely check the thickness as you go. On your way to the lake, stop at your favorite bait and tackle shop for the most current reports on ice conditions and fishing information.

Walleye:  Walleye fishing is best in late afternoon into after dark, with daytime fishing okay during overcast days. Concentrate on weedlines and weed edges, breaklines, and points adjacent to deeper water. Best success is coming on walleye suckers and shiners on tip-ups, though jigging spoons tipped with fathead heads are also producing good action.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing is good in/on weeds and weed edges during the day, with shiners and northern suckers under tip-ups the baits of choice.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is fair to good, with late afternoon offering the best action. Work weed areas in depths from 6-28 feet, with plans to be mobile – you have to move to stay on the fish. Use jigs tipped with crappie minnows, waxies, and plastics suspended under a small float suspending the bait just off the bottom – but search the entire water column!  

Bluegill:   Bluegills are hitting throughout the day, but better in late afternoon hours. Look for weeds and cover in about the same depths as for crappie – 6-28 feet – and use jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, and plastics.  

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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