Hayward Area Lakes, Sawyer County

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1/17/18 @ 8:52 AM
FISHING REPORT
Big Chip Guide Service
Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

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Waxing Crescent

Fishing has been OK considering how cold it's been. The deep clear water lakes are producing Northerns and panfish during the day and Walleyes around dusk and into the night.

The Chippewa Flowage we have been getting mostly Crappies, Gills out deep and Northerns along the shallow weed edges.

This weekends forecasted warm up will be welcomed for ice fisherman. Give me a call to get out there this weekend!

TC

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1/16/18 @ 1:43 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

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New Moon

Excerpts from the January 15, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman

Weather this week could be interesting! Forecasts indicate another “break” from the cold, with highs in the mid to upper 20s and even into the 30s late in the week. Late in the weekend, there is “potential” for a large storm. This is good incentive to get out and enjoy the mild days this week!  

“We had a short reprieve from the bitter cold,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and the little warm up allowed some people to take advantage and get into the outdoors... Walleye anglers are catching some nice walleye in the evenings and the bite starts shortly after dark. Just before dark, set tip-ups with suckers and fatheads relatively shallow, off green weeds and the sides of drop-offs. Also working are fatheads and plastics on jigging rods with light line... Northern pike are in shallower green weeds and weed edges and some nice sized also. Most catches are by walleye anglers using suckers and fatheads on tip-ups... Crappies are in and around deeper holes and structure. Jig crappie minnows and artificials on small jigs. Anglers are also catching smaller crappies and perch on waxies.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says many anglers took advantage of the recent warm spell... Walleye action is a little slow. Anglers catching fish are using tip-ups with walleye suckers or jigging spoons rigged with fathead heads. During this mid-ice season, slide a touch deeper into the mid 20-foot range... Northern pike fishing is productive, especially with northern suckers or large shiners on tip-ups. Place them near or off weed beds and one flag over deeper water... Crappie action is steady. On some lakes, look for deep basins and use tungsten jigs tipped with waxies or spikes. On shallower lakes, fish points and deep weeds with aggressive style baits such as ultra light Rippin’ Raps and panfish spoons tipped with spikes or Euro larvae for finicky bites.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says walleye fishing is a bit quiet, with most anglers now targeting other species... “This time of year, hitting Round Lake for walleyes with walleye suckers and #7 or #9 Jigging Raps is not a bad idea... Northern pike action is solid on Round Lake and the west side of Chippewa Flowage, with shiners the bait of choice above all others. For the most action, work weed beds and deeper cover... Crappie fishing is solid on most lakes. Blueberry Flats, Pine Point, and Chief Narrows on the Flowage are producing action and reports from Little Round Lake indicate a decent crappie bite as well. Most anglers are using minnows and waxies on ice jigs, but Jigging Raps, Straight-Up Jrs., and various Gulp! micro baits are all effective.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Walleye:  Walleye fishing is fair to good and anglers are catching some nice fish, with best success in late afternoon into dark. Target depths to about 25 feet, around weeds, breaklines, and drop-offs. Primary baits include walleye suckers and fatheads, plastics, rattle and jigging spoons tipped with live bait, and Jigging Raps.  

Northern Pike:   Northern pike fishing is good to very good and anglers are catching some nice fish. Concentrate on green weeds, weed beds, and weed edges in shallow to mid-depths. Northern suckers, shiners, and fatheads on tip-ups and jigs are all catching pike.  

Crappie:   Crappie action is good in/over deeper holes and structure such as weeds, bars, and points. Best baits include crappie minnows, waxies, spikes, and Gulp! baits on small tungsten jigs and teardrops, as well as on Jigging Raps and spoons.  

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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1/13/18 @ 7:34 AM
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duckeyes
duckeyes
USER since 12/17/08

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Waning Crescent

New to the area and want to learn the lakes; best advice is hire a Guide. I've done this several times and learned alot about the fish and lakes in the area.

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1/12/18 @ 6:12 PM
K9Max
K9Max
USER since 1/12/18

Looking for a little help, long time lurker on this page.  New to the area and thinking about making the drive up Sunday for a days trip.  Looking to target some walleyes and have zero clue as to where to start as walleyes through the ice is new to me.  Was thinking of going to lost land or teal lake.  Not looking for honey holes, but have zero clue on where to start.  Also thinking of going to the flowage for crappies, again not looking for spots but general areas to start.  Any tips or suggestions is appreciated

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1/10/18 @ 2:05 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

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Waning Crescent

Excerpts from the January 8, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The North Woods receives a brief, but well-deserved break the first part of this week, enjoying a few 30-degree temperatures. What a welcome respite! Take time to get outside and enjoy it while you can! 

“Bitter, freezing, cold weather affected all outdoor activities during the holiday season,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “Most people chose to stay in their warm homes and cabins and out of the cold. However, ice conditions are very good, temperatures are rising, and there is plenty of snow for snowmobiling, skiing, and snowshoeing... Walleye anglers fishing over weeds and drop-offs in 8-12 feet are finding some limited success in the evening hours. Most are vertically jig artificials and only a few set tip-ups with walleye suckers or fatheads. Some anglers report northern pike catches on tip-ups... Vertical jiggers report minor crappie and perch success on crappie minnows, waxies, and artificials... 

Erik at Hayward Bait says ice conditions firmed, but with varying ice thickness, and they still advise ATV/snowmobile traffic... “Walleye fishing is solid. Most success is with walleye suckers on tip-ups fished off steep breaks. Anglers can also use Jigging Rapalas or spoons... Northern pike fishing is strong on tip-ups with large shiners and northern suckers. Most anglers set one tip-up off weed edges in depths to 8 feet and one tip-up deeper... Panfish action is okay, with tough bites during high pressure fronts. With the scattered fish, hole hopping is the most productive approach. Most anglers do well with waxies and spikes on jigs, fishing varied depths from 16-24 feet.”  

FISHING REPORT

A welcome break in temperatures this week should motivate anglers to get out and test their luck, either on the ice or during early catch and release trout season open now through May 4. Check the regulations for open waters. Anglers need a valid Wisconsin fishing license and an inland trout stamp, use artificial lures and flies, and the bag limit is zero – anglers must release all fish immediately.

Walleye:   Walleye fishing is good to very good, though somewhat inconsistent and with varied bite windows. Concentrate on deep weeds, breaklines, and drop-offs in 8-15 feet in early morning and evening hours. The most productive baits include walleye suckers and fatheads on tip-ups, or try vertically jigging Jigging Raps, jigging spoons, and other artificials.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing is very good in/on weeds and weed edges, both shallow and deep, for anglers using larger shiners and northern suckers under tip-ups.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is good in and over deeper water out to about 30 feet – plan to move until you locate the active fish. Best baits include crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs and plain hooks.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is fair to good out to about 25 feet, but expect to keep on the move to find and stay on the active fish. Top baits include waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs and teardrops.  

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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1/8/18 @ 10:38 AM
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Big Chip Guide Service
Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

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Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
14 inches

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F

Nice to get out on the Chippewa Flowage yesterday after that Polar Vortex spell finally lost it's grips. Fished Crappies on the East side in some different areas, instead of the normal spots. Did OK. Ended up with a decent meal. Had to move around looking for the most active ones. Alot of lookers and fewer takers. Just need some more milder weather to get them more active. Still was fun to get out.

One thing that came out of that cold spell is that theres plenty of ice out there now to make sled and ATV traveling safe. I still don't advise vehical travel especially on the deep clear water lakes in the area.

TC


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1/8/18 @ 9:55 AM
Michaelo
Michaelo
USER since 12/24/09

Looking to make a trip up the Hayward area in the following weeks. Looking for a reccomendation on a guide. Looking to get after some good crappies. Thanks

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1/3/18 @ 9:37 AM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

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Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the January 1, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The cold and snow continues, but if you can survive until Sunday, the forecast shows a warming trend. The high numbers will still be very similar – but they will be above zero!  

“This cold weather made some great ice,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and crews are finally able to stake the lakes... Many anglers favor early ice walleyes when fish cruise the shallows in low light conditions. Target 6-12 feet outside of old weed beds or structure with a gradual drop-off. Set up before sunrise or sunset to avoid spooking fish from the area. Use small suckers or fatheads, or try jigging spoons and minnows on the drop-offs to find the most aggressive fish... Anglers fishing walleyes off old weed beds with shiners and suckers on tip-ups are taking some nice northern pike... Panfish are on structure and in deep holes. Use small jigs tipped with waxies and plastics. Fish are now in big numbers and very aggressive.  

Erik at Hayward Bait says the Arctic temperatures are not keeping anglers off the ice!... “Ice conditions are improving thanks to this cold weather, with reports of up to 10 inches, but thickness varies. There are some anglers now taking out ATVs and snowmobiles, but be sure to exercise caution!... Fishing action remains mixed, though there are decent walleye reports. Focus on the primary break and nearby sunken humps. Walleye suckers and medium shiners under tip-ups remain the preferred method, but always try jigging as well, and rattle spoons tipped with minnow heads should do the job... Northern pike are active in the weeds, with large shiners on tip-ups working well...  Panfish action is good on waxies, spikes, and small plastics on tungsten jigs for both crappies and bluegills. Mobility is the key to success – keep moving until you start hitting fish.”  

Pat’s Landing Resort on the Chippewa Flowage will host its 6th Annual Tipper Tourney Saturday, January 6, from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m., and anglers must register all fish by 4:30 p.m. The contest limits fishing to the west side of the Flowage, excluding Crane Creek and Crane Lake. Contest officials measure fish to the nearest quarter-inch, rounded down, and award prizes for the longest northern pike, longest largemouth bass, and longest combination of the two. There are randomly drawn door prizes and you must be present to win. The entry fee is $15. For more information, visit www.treelandresorts.com or call (715) 945-2511.  

FISHING REPORT  

More anglers are hitting the ice now that ice depths are increasing with the very cold weather. It is still necessary to use caution when on the ice, however, as the snow is insulating some areas and ice depths can still vary significantly in short distances on the same lake. Check with your favorite bait and tackle shop for the most current information.

Walleye:   Walleye fishing is good out to 15 feet or so, with the best success during low light conditions in early morning and late afternoon into after dark. Work the edges of drop-offs, weedlines, breaklines, humps, and other structure with walleye suckers, fatheads, and shiners on tip-ups, or jig Jigging Rapalas or rattle spoons tipped with minnow heads.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing is good to very good and anglers are icing some bigger fish around weeds and weed beds with large shiners and northern suckers under tip-ups. As always, go deeper with bigger baits for trophy pike.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is good to very good once you find the fish, which could take some searching to locate them. Look for deep holes and structure. Baits of choice include crappie minnows, waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small/tungsten jigs.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is fair to good and improving. Concentrate on deep holes and structure with waxies, spikes, and plastics on small/tungsten jigs and teardrops. Be prepared to move to find the fish.  

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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12/29/17 @ 2:26 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

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Waxing Gibbous

Before posting the Fishing Report (from Christmas day), check out this Snowmobile Trail Report from the Sawyer County Snowmobile Alliance which highlights how lakes have frozen over this week and are being staked out for snowmobile traffic.  Ten- and twenty-below overnight lows did make a lot of ice but please still be cautious and check the local ice conditions.   

Excerpts from the December 25, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Winter “officially” started last Thursday, December 21, and the forecast certainly shows winter has arrived! This week is snow and cold, and cold and snow, and some days offer the combination. Cold temperatures will go a long way to building ice for anglers and snowmobilers, while new snow should help with snowmobile and cross-country ski trails.  

Bob and Sonya at Hayward Bait say the lakes have made some new ice and conditions should improve with the subzero highs forecast for this week... “Most of the smaller lakes and the shallow larger lakes have about 4-6 inches of ice, while most deep lakes have less than four inches. The recommendation continues for no ATV, UTV, or snowmobile travel at this time... Crews have not yet staked the lake trails, but good numbers of anglers are getting out on foot. Be careful, tell someone when you go out and when to expect your return, be safe, always check conditions, and most of all, have fun!... Walleye anglers continue to have success while focusing on shallow waters, but the fish will soon start moving to deeper water. The preferred baits are walleye suckers and medium shiners on tip-ups, but also try jigging rattle spoons and Jigging Rapalas... There is good northern pike action for anglers fishing large shiners under tip-ups in the weed flats and on the weed flat edges... Crappie action is still best in deeper water, with some fish suspending and some hugging the bottom. Anglers are finding good success using spoons and tungsten jigs. Bluegill fishing is good in and around weeds with waxies and spikes on jigs.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Even with the much colder temperatures, ice conditions remain “iffy” on most lakes. Ice depths remain inconsistent and can vary significantly just a few feet apart on the same lake. IF you go, continue to use extreme caution and common sense. Check with your favorite bait shop for the most recent information on ice conditions, areas to avoid, and fishing hot spots, baits, and presentations.

Walleye action is decent, still in shallower depths. Walleye suckers and medium shiners under tip-ups offer the best success, but anglers are also catching fish on rattle spoons and Jigging Rapalas.

Northern pike action is good to very good on weed flats and on the weed flat edges for anglers using large shiners under tip-ups.

Look for crappies in deeper water, both suspending and near the bottom – check the entire water column! Baits of choice include crappie minnows, live bait and plastics on tungsten jigs, and small jigging spoons.

Catch bluegills around mid-depth to deeper weeds and weedlines with waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs and teardrops.

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12/26/17 @ 2:05 PM
ErikT
ErikT
USER since 2/6/12

Was out a few days ago, 4” good ice then 3” bad ice then 3” of water on top of that followed by 2” of snow on top. Sloppy hard to walk and standing in 3” - 4” of water/ slush.

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