Hayward Area Lakes, Sawyer County

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11/13/18 @ 12:10 PM
FISHING REPORT
Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (33%)
Waxing Crescent

Excerpts from the November 12, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Another cold week ahead, though warming toward the end of it and maybe through the end of this month – and by “warming” it means back to more normal (i.e., less cold) average temperatures. The gun deer season opener is this Saturday and the forecast predicts mid-20 highs, with light snow possible. Good luck and safe hunting!  

“What a change in the weather the past two weeks,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “The week previous, anglers had rather good fishing, depending on the species. This past week had snowing and dropping temperatures and it will not be long before we have ice...  Musky fishing is good for anglers dragging large suckers on quick-strike rigs, which continues to be the go-to tactic. Colder water temperatures are triggering the big fish to put on a feeding frenzy...  Walleyes seem to be turning on as well and they are on mid-lake structure. Jigs and minnows are a good way to go, and slow drifting live bait under sinkers near bottom will turn some fish. Most fish are transitioning to mid lake depths of 10-15 feet... Smallmouth bass fishing is also good on live bait and dragging small sucker minnows in 10-20 feet is producing some success. Casting crankbaits is also working... Last week, there was a good northern pike bite and anglers working spinnerbaits and plastics in and over shallower green weeds were catching some nice fish. This week has been quiet... Many anglers are putting away their fishing gear and preparing for the opening of gun deer season this Saturday. Bow hunters are already in the woods. Wear some orange while walking around, whether in the woods or on the roads.”  

Andy at Hayward Bait says open water fishing is quickly reaching the end... “Ice is appearing as fast as you can cast your bait, but there are still some die-hard anglers and boaters chipping ice to launch their rigs... Musky action is slowing as water temperatures drop, but some walleye anglers report success with walleye suckers... Bow deer season is going well and rut is in full effect, so be alert. With snow now covering the ground, hunters are eagerly looking forward to the opening of gun deer season this Saturday.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Barring a very abrupt weather change for the warmer, this is (most likely) the final open water fishing report for the season. The traditional nine-day gun deer season opens this Saturday and a significant number of outdoor enthusiasts have their minds on deer hunting. Reports will resume when ice is at an acceptable depth, which could be very, very soon!

To round out the season, musky anglers are doing well with large suckers on quick-strike rigs, as is usually the case this time of year. Walleye anglers are catching fish on various structures in 12-20 feet, primarily with walleye suckers. Northern pike are around shallow weeds and fishing remains good on plastics and spinnerbaits. Smallmouth bass action is good in 12-25 feet for anglers fishing walleye suckers and crankbaits. If you fish Lake Superior, smallmouth bass, trout, and salmon fishing is going well on Chequamegon Bay.

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11/12/18 @ 5:03 PM
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grizwald
grizwald
USER since 2/6/09

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Waxing Crescent

Good chance on some fish able ice by the weekend. Crappie slayer check messanger

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11/10/18 @ 4:56 PM
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Crappie__Slayer
Crappie__Slayer
USER since 1/15/16

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Are the small lakes in the area skimmed yet? Anyone think there might be fishable ice for opening weekend?

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11/10/18 @ 2:50 PM
RockRiverTom
RockRiverTom
USER since 4/27/02

Reiskes on Nelson Lake is nice. Also Angler’s on Couderay.

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11/10/18 @ 12:47 PM
inland sweep
inland sweep
USER since 6/2/09

Fellas,


im planning a trip up to the Hayward area to smallmouth fish during the early catch and release season. Trying to figure out where to stay. Anyone have any ideas? Looking to fish maybe two lakes over 3 days. Grindstone for sure will be on the list. 

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11/9/18 @ 5:17 PM
bnt
bnt
USER since 8/31/18

Part two of our musky trip up to Hayward from the later part of October. Ended up catching one small one in this video, but ended up landing a biggin' the next weekend! Picture at the end of the video! Took the boat out after this video, already looking forward to next spring. 

-BnT


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11/6/18 @ 3:58 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
HLVCB
USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waning Crescent

Excerpts from the November 5, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Look for this week to bring rain, snow, and dropping temperatures into the weekend. This could continue for another week, but then see a slight warming trend (though “warming” might be misleading). The long-range prediction for this winter is warmer and drier than average, but apparently it does not take effect within the next two weeks!  

“You have to start dressing for the weather,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Warm clothing, gloves, and a couple hand warmers are now very much necessary for fishing – and do not forget the rain/snow suit. Water temperatures are dropping and will continue to drop, but the fish have been at least somewhat cooperative...  Musky action is good on most area lakes, with large and medium size suckers on quick-strike rigs the choice for targeting the big fish. In addition, some anglers are catching muskies by casting large baits at and along shorelines...  Walleye action is good and anglers are catching some decent size fish – and fishing for walleyes is certainly more fun when fish are aggressive. Anglers are using large minnows and plastics on jigs, minnows on Lindy Rigs, and by slow trolling #5 rattling crankbaits. Late afternoon into evening continues to be the best time for success... Northern pike and largemouth bass anglers are still catching fish in shallow and mid depth weeds, with spinnerbaits and plastics all taking fish... Panfish fishing is going well with small jigs or slip bobber rigs fished on the weed edges in 10-17 feet. Most panfish are now transitioning to their usual winter areas so do not be afraid to try fishing deeper water. Crappies are schooling on the drops off weeds in those same depths and fast jigging flashy baits is producing some good success. The fish move around, so once you find the bite it will last a short time. This is also a good time to scout out first ice spots.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Open water fishing season is moving toward the end for this year – and might come very quickly with the overnight low this Friday of 10 degrees! Fishing reports (open water) will continue until it is not possible to get on the water. Ice fishing reports will commence when sane ice anglers consider access reasonable.

Musky:  Musky fishing is good – and this is the time to catch trophy fish. Work shallow to mid-depth cover and along shorelines with suckers on quick-strike rigs, as well as large artificials, but suckers are the best choice at this time.  

Walleye: Walleye action is surprisingly good and anglers willing to deal with the weather conditions are catching some nice fish. Low light conditions of late afternoon into dark offer the best opportunities for success. Fish are in 20 feet and deeper during the day (as a rule), moving shallower during the low light periods. Look for fish on breaks, humps, and points. Baits of choice include large minnows and walleye suckers on jigs, drop-shot rigs, Lindy Rigs, and split shot rigs, plastics, and trolled crankbaits.  

Northern Pike:   Northern pike remain active and on the prowl in shallow to mid-depth weeds and around panfish concentrations. Use northern suckers and minnows under bobbers, as well as spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, and plastics.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth bass fishing is fair, though few anglers chasing them. Some fish are holding on shallow to mid-depth weeds and weedlines and on drop-offs, while other fish moved deeper. Spinners, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, plastics, and live bait can all work at different times – knowing when to use what is the challenge!  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth bass fishing is best around structure and transition areas out to about 20 feet. While it is difficult to beat live bait such as large minnows and walleye suckers at this time of year, swim baits, crankbaits, and assorted plastics can all produce success.  

Crappie:  Crappie action is good to very good in/on/around weeds and weed edges in 8-20 feet, as well as for fish suspending in and over deeper water. Crappie minnows on plain hooks or small jigs fished under slip bobbers work best, but there are days when plastics work as well or better, as will aggressive jigging at times.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is fair to good for the few people currently fishing for them. Look for them along weed edges from 8 feet out to much deeper water. Waxies, worms, crawler chunks, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks will all catch fish. Try fishing with or without slip bobbers, as well as small minnows for bigger bluegills.  

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10/31/18 @ 11:42 PM
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lipripper4x5
lipripper4x5
USER since 12/3/01

MOON PHASE (39%)
Waning Crescent

More pics 

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10/31/18 @ 11:38 PM
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lipripper4x5
lipripper4x5
USER since 12/3/01

MOON PHASE (39%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

Fished 10-20 to 10-27 in a flowage water was way down to almost normal 40-43 drag almost everyday. My bud got up the week before but didn’t fish much untiil I got there said it was about 4 ft higher. Caught most Musky on suckers 2 on a jointed beleiver 1 casting AFTER it hit the sucker & dropped it. The other one trolling. 1 on a cowgirl dbl8 blk w silver blades. All Eyes were caught 10-15fow google eye any color 3/8 for the currant & 4in suckers sitting on bottom or dragged painfully slow into the currant. Crappies were caught slower deeper holes mini mite with pink plastic & small minnow slowly dragged on bottom but some did hit before hitting bottom. Biggest Ski -42 Eye 23.5 Crappie 14. Snowed the mourning I got there then nice the rest of the week. Good trip. RIP SOME LIPS!!!

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Hayward Area Lakes, Sawyer County Photo
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10/31/18 @ 6:48 PM
bnt
bnt
USER since 8/31/18

Finally managed to land a musky on the first day of a 3 day trip up to Hayward. Had previously lost 4 this fall throwing baits, and had countless follows. Had quite some troubles leading up to catching this musky with boat troubles, fighting the wind, and losing one fish on a sucker prior. Check out the video below to see me land a healthy musky on a sucker out on the boat alone. Part two is on the way! Likes and subscriptions appreciated! Thanks! 

-BnT 



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