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5/22/18 @ 9:48 AM
Rangr90
Rangr90
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Can you keep LM Bass any size now from opening day on the Chip?

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5/22/18 @ 9:36 AM
FISHING REPORT
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USER since 6/3/08

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Waxing Gibbous

Excerpts from the May 21, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

This next week should be interesting. There are chances for showers starting mid-week and increasing for the weekend (some strong storms possible), followed by some very warm days through next Wednesday. However, it took a long time for spring/summer weather to arrive, so (mostly) no one will complain. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, but take time to remember the reason for the day – to honor those who died while serving in this country’s armed forces.  

“Spring finally appeared in the North Woods,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but up and down temperatures make it hard to figure out what to wear for the day, so layer up in the morning and take off as the day progresses... Walleye anglers are finding some fish by pitching jigs with live bait and plastics onto shallow mid-lake humps or deeper drop-offs... Largemouth bass harvest season began on opening day, there is no size limit, and we encourage largemouth harvest. Smallmouth bass season is catch and release only until June 16... Panfish are moving into their spawning colonies and will soon spawn. On most lakes, look toward 4-8 feet for crappies and you will not need electronics – you will see them along the shorelines. Slip bobbers with live bait or small plastics will work. In addition, northern pike and largemouth will follow them in and not be hard to catch.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says fishing is strong... "Most anglers are targeting walleye and crappie, but warming weather is making fishing decent for most species... The walleye bite is less than 10 feet on most lakes, but should start to shift deeper. A variety of tactics will work, with jigs and minnows, crankbaits, and swimbaits all getting bites. Target shallow flats, points, and humps. Keep on the move, covering water... Northern pike action is picking up, with some nice fish getting active. Focus on shallow flats, find the food chain, and cast spinners, crankbaits, and swimbaits... Bass action is solid. Largemouth are shallow, around hard cover and emerging weeds. Jigs, stick worms, and jerkbaits will draw attention. Smallmouth are getting more active. Work jerkbaits and plastics over shallow gravel and rock, using erratic retrieves with many pauses... Crappie action is very good, with many fish moving shallow to spawn. Cast minnows, waxies, and small plastics tight to shoreline cover. Please exercise selective harvest. Bluegills should start moving shallow as well, and they prefer large, shallow sand flats and worms... Trout action is decent, with most streams giving up some fish. Spinners, flies, and crawlers will all work.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s advises Nelson Lake walleye anglers to use minnows and leeches on jigs and cast stickbaits...  “We need some steady, warm weather for largemouth bass. For now, try casting spinnerbaits and larger plastics... Crappies are staging in 8 feet and anglers should jig or bobber fish minnows or Gulp! Alive, and cast small spinnerbaits... Bluegills are in the shallows, on their beds, and anglers are taking fish on waxies, worms, small leeches, and by fly-fishing.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says the Chippewa Flowage water level is full, with water temperatures in the mid to high 50s... “Walleye action slowed last week. Most success is in shallow stumpy areas and on rock bars. Minnows and leeches are effective, as are artificials, particularly plastic minnows, and many anglers report having more success with rattling jigs than with other methods... Northern pike are very active and if you target pike, focus on live bait. Artificials will work, but they are not as effective this time of year. Hit the weedy bays on the west side, including Daggett’s Bay, Squaw Bay, and James Slough... Crappies are spawning in the shallow bays and minnows, Mini-Mites, Crappie Scrubs, and Gulp! baits on slip bobbers are the way to go. Fish size is a mixed bag, with some anglers having luck only with smaller males, while other anglers are catching 12- to 14-inch females. Spots of choice include Hell’s Half Acre, Moss Creek, Moore’s Bay, and especially Sibley Bay.”  

FISHING REPORT

Walleye:  Walleye fishing is good to very good as post-spawn fish return to feeding. At this time, look for humps, flats, points, drop-offs, and weeds out to about 12 feet. Baits of choice include minnows, leeches, and plastics on jigs, as well as crankbaits, swim baits, and stickbaits.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike action is improving and fish are feeding around shallow weeds, other cover – and panfish. Northern suckers, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits, and swimbaits are all productive baits.  

Largemouth Bass:   Largemouth bass fishing is very good and will get even better as the water warms. Fish around weeds, wood, and other cover with jigs, plastics (worms, grubs), spinners, spinnerbaits, and jerkbaits.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth bass season in the Northern Bass Zone is catch and release only until June 16. Fishing is good on hard bottom areas with rock and gravel. Work plastics, swim jigs, and jerkbaits with irregular, halting retrieves.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is good to very good as fish are staging and moving into shallow spawning areas, particularly along shorelines. Top offerings include crappie minnows, waxies, worms, tubes, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs and plain hooks under slip bobbers.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is fair to good, with fish spawning in some waters. Look to the shallows, especially on sand. Best baits include waxies, worms, leeches, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs, teardrops, and small hooks, with/without slip bobbers.  

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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5/15/18 @ 9:59 AM
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Excerpts from the May 14, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The current forecast predicts warm and slightly windy weather, with rain possible toward the end of the week into the weekend. Spring’s late arrival makes 80-degree temperatures quite welcome, even if accompanied by precipitation. Ice is gone and fishing (and other water recreation) is on!

“Welcome to the new season,” says Pat at Happy Hooker... “Walleye anglers report moderate success on the lakes and better fishing on the rivers. Lake walleyes remain rather shallow and off the spawning areas. Females still recovering from spawning are not active and slow to respond, but anglers are catching a few smaller males on deeper edges. Jigs and live bait are best, but small crankbaits will work later. Northern pike are in the shallows... Panfish anglers report limited success in deeper water, but the fish are staging and will move shallow for spawning. Use crappie minnows, Gulp! Minnows, and Tattle-Tails on jigs and/or under slip bobbers. Work the baits above the fish, not on the bottom... The DNR placed long capture nets on several points around the lakes. They extend quite a ways from the shoreline, but are marked with buoys and very visible. Watch out for the nets and give them a wide berth.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says all lakes are clear of ice and fishing is good... “Walleyes anglers report the best success with jigs and minnows, Rippin’ Raps, and Husky Jerks. Most action is shallow, 10 feet and less, with some good action on crankbaits trolled in 10-20 feet... Northern pike action is mostly shallow as well, with shallow bays and flats your best bet. Crankbaits and swimbaits are working well... Bass action is good, with most fish very shallow. Find the warmest water and focus on hard structure with wacky worms, crankbaits, and jigs. Panfish action is slow, but will improve with warming temperatures... Trout fishing is good on most streams and spinners, small Rapalas, and flies all work." 

Mike at Jenk’s says the Chippewa Flowage is down about 1 foot and the water temperature in the low to mid 40s... “Walleye anglers are catching fish on various structures and in various depths, but mostly on shallow wood and stumps with minnows, and assorted crankbaits... There are few northern pike reports, though some walleye anglers say pike are hitting live bait in deeper holes. As the weather warms, expect to find them shallow, in weeds and other cover... Crappies are not spawning yet, though anglers report observing some smaller males in shallower weeds. Most crappies, including the larger females, are beginning to congregate in deeper water outside the bays. It is probably still 1-2 weeks before the spawn starts.”  

Musky Tale Resort’s annual Northern Encounter fishing contest on the Chippewa Flowage is May 18-20. The entry fee is $90/two-person team (after May 1). The contest awards prizes for a minimum of five places and the largest fish. Fishing hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 a.m.-noon Sunday. For more information, visit www.muskytale.com or call (715) 462-3838.

The Hayward Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries will hold its 31st annual fishing event for people with disabilities Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, at Lake Chippewa Campground on the Chippewa Flowage. The event hosts up to 150 participants fishing from boats and pontoons – which for some is an experience that was once only a dream – and is two days of fishing, friends, evening meals, and fun. There is always a need for volunteers. For more information, visit www.haywardfhnb.org, or call (715) 634-3185; (800) 243-3462.  

FISHING REPORT   

Walleye:   Walleye action is fair to good, with fish around various types of structure and at assorted depths out to 20 feet. The top baits and presentations include jigs and minnows, crankbaits, Rippin’ Raps, Husky Jerks, and trolled crankbaits.  

Northern Pike: Northern pike fishing is fair. Look for fish in a variety of locations, from shallow weeds, bays, and flats to deep holes. Productive baits include sucker minnows, crankbaits, spinners, and swim baits.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth bass are very shallow and offering very good fishing. Concentrate on warmer water and fish various types of structure with wacky worms, crankbaits, and jigs.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth fishing is good, but remember the season is catch and release only in the North Zone until June 16. Baits of choice include wacky worms, crankbaits, jigs, and plastics.  

Crappie: Crappie action is slow. Fish are still in mid-depths to deeper water, staging for their move to shallower water for spawning. Try crappie minnows, Gulp! baits, Mini-Mites, and Tattle-Tails on jigs or plain hooks, using slip bobbers to keep the baits at the proper depth.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is slow, with fish near cover in deeper water. The most productive baits include waxies, worms, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs or plain hooks, fished under slip bobbers.  

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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5/14/18 @ 8:23 PM
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Tim Czub
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Guided Bill and his wife Barbara and their couple kids with a tag-along boat today on The Big Chip.

Caught plenty of crappies and some pretty nice slot limit walleyes. Kept enough fish for a meal for Crappies. The crappies were getting tight to the shallows but pretty skittish. Had to back out aways to fish them. The usual Gulp and clip-on bobber a foot or two deep, did the trick.

Walleyes were shallow with slip Bobbers and leeches in the wood. 

One word of caution, be on the lookout for a lot of Driftwood and dead heads floating around out there since the water level is coming up dramatically.

The fishing is starting to heat up on the Chippewa Flowage, just like the weather finally!

Give me a call and book your trip out there on this beautiful body of water!!

Good luck, be safe and we'll see you on the water!

TC

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5/8/18 @ 9:59 AM
fishmonster11
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Heading up to moose lake the week of June 9th. was woundering if the lake had the ice off and how the fishing has been? we are staying at the mystic moose.

Tight lines

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5/8/18 @ 9:25 AM
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Waning Crescent

Excerpts from the May 7, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Discussions during the preceding weeks centered on IF ice-out would occur before or after the gamefish opener. In the end, most lakes were open, with only the deep, clear lakes retaining ice. Sunshine and warm temperatures made the weekend very pleasant for anglers – and for anyone recreating in the North Woods. This week, the forecast predicts somewhat cooler temperatures, with a few chances for rain, but fire danger is high and the area needs some moisture (in the form of rain, of course!)

Erik at Hayward Bait says it was a beautiful weekend for the fishing opener and anglers enjoyed good fishing... “Great weather brought open water to many lakes and any ice still on the clear lakes should be gone soon. Water temperatures vary by lake, but range from the low to mid 50s... Walleye anglers found good action with fatheads and walleye suckers on jigs, as well as jig heads with plastics such as paddle-tail baits, swim baits, and grub tails. Start shallow and work baits out to deep edges and breaklines in 7-14 feet, though depths range from lake to lake... Bass anglers are catching fish on swim and jerk baits in 3-8 feet. Tube baits are another great option to find willing smallmouth and largemouth bass... Panfish fishing is strong, but with panfish pre spawn, anglers should look a touch deeper, from 7-15 feet. Best baits include ice jigs, plastics, tubes, and jigs tipped with waxies, crawlers, and crappie minnows jigged or under slip bobbers.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says the Chippewa Flowage had full open water for the gamefish opener, with the level 1-2 feet below full and water temperatures varying from 40-44 degrees in deeper water to the mid 50s in shallower bays... “Walleye anglers reported catching high numbers of fish, with more size variety and larger fish than last year. Minnows and leeches, in that order, were the baits of choice, with artificials on target as well. Soft plastic minnow baits with swim jigs and small to medium crankbaits, especially #9 Countdown Rapalas, were very effective. Walleyes are in the West Fork, probably for the duration of this week... There were few northern pike reports, but given the time of year, stick to live bait, targeting shallow weeds along reedy shorelines with 4- to 5-inch suckers and chubs... Smallmouth season is not yet open, but a good number of walleye anglers reported catching many big smallmouth in the river channel. More than five anglers reported fish 20 inches and longer, with the largest 24 inches... Crappies are still deep and will probably not spawn for at least 1-2 weeks. Crappie anglers fishing deep holes reported limited success, but many 10- to 12-inch fish. Crappie minnows, Mini-Mites, and Crappie Scrubs are all effective.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says that although the ice was off Nelson Lake for the opener, the water temperature was only in the mid 40s and fishing was a little slow... “Shallower bays and shorelines where the water is warmer are best, and a slow retrieval is the recommendation...  Minnows and stickbaits will work for walleyes and northern pike. Panfish anglers should use minnows and crawlers on jigs and/or under bobbers.”  

The Hayward Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries will hold its 31st annual fishing event for people with disabilities Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, at Lake Chippewa Campground on the Chippewa Flowage. The two-day event, with up to 150 participants fishing from boats and pontoons – which for some is an experience that was once only a dream – is jam-packed with friends, fishing, evening meals, and fun. There is always a need for volunteers for various positions, as well as trustworthy operators for fishing and pontoon boats, and volunteers to sell raffle tickets throughout the summer. For more information, visit www.haywardfhnb.org, or call (715) 634-3185 or (800) 243-3462.  

The 34th Annual Treeland Challenge catch and release bass and walleye tournament on the Chippewa Flowage is this weekend, May 10-13, offering thousands of dollars in contest and drawing prizes. Entry fees are $95/single, $160/with spouse, and $25/per child (17 years of age or younger) w/parent. For more information, visit www.treelandresorts.com or call (715) 462-3874.  

FISHING REPORT  

Following weeks of worry, Hayward area lakes not only offered anglers open water for the gamefish opener this past weekend, they also provided good fishing. Although there is still some ice on a few of the deep, clear lakes, it should disappear in short order with the “warm” temperatures early this week.

Walleye: Walleye fishing is fair to excellent, depending on the water... and the angler. Look for fish along breaklines and drop-off edges in depths out to 15 feet. Baits of choice include fatheads, walleye suckers, leeches, crawlers, stickbaits, and plastics on jigs.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike action is fair in shallower weedy areas. Larger minnows, stickbaits, and spinners can all get the interest of post-spawn pike.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth bass fishing is fair to good in/along shallow shorelines and bays with warmer water. Slow moving swim baits and other plastics work well.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Anglers should note smallmouth bass season in the North Zone is catch and release only until June 16. Use slow retrieves with soft plastics, swim baits, spinners, and crankbaits in mid-depths and river channels.  

Crappie:  Crappies are still pre-spawn and holding in deeper water. Use jigs with crappie minnows, plastics, tubes, Mini-Mites, and Gulp! baits. Slip bobbers will hold baits at the proper depth – once you find it.  

Bluegill:  Find bluegills in depths out to 15 feet and in warmer bays and on south-facing shorelines. Best baits include waxies, worms, crawler pieces, tubes, and plastics on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks, fished with or without slip bobbers.  

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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5/1/18 @ 9:25 AM
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Excerpts from the April 30, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

This week starts with chance of rain and thunderstorms, which could be of great help in removing ice from the lakes. From at least Thursday (if not before) through the Saturday-Sunday May 5-6 fishing opener weekend, the weather looks nearly perfect, with moderately warm days and cool nights. Now all we need is open water!

“The times are changing,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and it is definitely beginning to feel like spring... We have some melting happening, but it is more obvious on the ground than on the lakes. Only areas receiving direct sunshine are clearing and shaded areas are still covered. On the lakes, there is some ice movement away from the shorelines, but mostly where the sun shines on the north side of the lakes – and the north ends are almost always the first to open. Mid-lake and south ends are still solid. Reports last week indicated most of the lakes still had 26 inches and more of solid ice... Conditions are changing quickly, this past week brought an end to ice fishing season, and consider any ice as unsafe at this time... Rivers and creeks are open and flowing well, with melting snow and ice adding to the flow and concern for flooding along some river areas.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says warmer weather is helping, but most lakes remain locked in ice... “Lake Hayward has opened up, but most lakes will still have some ice for opening weekend. The Chippewa Flowage might be open, as well as some of the smaller lakes with water flow. Plan accordingly... The streams are flowing nicely and there are decent reports from those fishing trout and steelhead. Fly fishing anglers are definitely catching fish, but also try pitching small crankbaits and spinners. Remember it is still catch and release on the inland streams through Friday May 4. Reports are decent from anglers fishing the Brule River and other tributaries. Some fresh steelhead are showing up with the melt, and spawn under slip floats is working well."  

Mike at Jenk’s says he made a trip around the Chippewa Flowage area last week to check conditions... “The ice depth at that time was about 20 inches. The West Fork had thawed down to around Johnson’s Resort in Moore’s Bay and some areas are starting to break away from the shoreline on the east side... Ice on Little Round and Richardson’s Bay is starting to get a bit sloppy, but there will probably not be open water for a couple of weeks. It appears the ice on Spider Lake still looks pretty solid... The Flowage is down about 6 to 6.5 feet from full pool, but based on a discussion with a local guide, some people believe it will fill up quickly this week.”  

FISHING REPORT  

The general inland gamefish season, including trout and largemouth bass, opens this Saturday, May 5. Please note smallmouth bass season in the Northern Zone is catch and release only through June 15. Musky season in the Northern Zone opens May 26. Finally, mark your calendars for June 2-3 and Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend.

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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4/24/18 @ 9:38 AM
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Waxing Gibbous

Excerpts from the April 23, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

One week ago, the Hayward area was dealing with 20 inches of blowing snow. Now, with 65 degrees Monday and an extended forecast showing 60- to 70-degree highs in the next few weeks, it appears spring is (finally!) here for good. The sun and warm temperatures may or may not be enough to melt lake ice for the May 5 gamefish opener, but the weather is certainly moving in the right direction!

“This has been the April of our cold discontent,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “The impacts of frigid weather this month will last well into May, with expectations of near-record late ice-outs... This spring is shaping up similar to those of 2013 and 2014, with some of the latest ice-outs ever across the state, but this year might even be later. The first 12 days of April were bone-chilling cold, averaging 23 degrees, a full 10-15 degrees below normal. The first 12 days of March were warmer, with an average of 25 degrees!.. In some areas, through mid-April, ice anglers continue to report virtually no ice melt. At this point, many lakes remain covered in snow that reflects sunshine and protects the ice from rotting... If you plan to fish open-water lakes come the May 5 gamefish opener – that is less than two weeks away – you may want to be flexible on where and how you plan to fish. Maybe try a river – or bring an auger!.. The good news is that we do have some melting now and the 10-day forecast says temperatures will rise into the 50s and even into the 60s, with lots of sunshine. However, that is short of the number of days required to melt the snow and ice in earnest. A few days ago, a friend said it would take about 27 days of these higher temperatures, along with some rain, to rid the lakes of ice, and he predicted about May 16. What is your guess?”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says spring is finally trying to get here, but a few anglers are still venturing out onto the ice... "The anglers who are getting on the ice report decent success. Most of the anglers are targeting crappie and bluegill and say the fish are starting to push shallow. Use caution and definitely be aware, as ice conditions are starting to change... A few anglers who are now hitting the rivers and streams for suckers and redhorse report some success and crawlers will get the job done...  There are also success reports coming in from anglers fishing the Brule River. The bite is sporadic, but anglers are catching some good fish. Spawn, flies, and hard baits can all produce some action." 

The 34th Annual Treeland Challenge catch and release bass and walleye tournament is May 11-13 on the Chippewa Flowage. The event offers thousands of dollars in contest and drawing prizes.  First through third prizes will be awarded for bass and walleye categories for each division..  Daily door prizes and a Grand Prize drawing.  For more information, including registration, visit www.treelandresorts.com or call (715) 462-3874).  

FISHING REPORT 

 Area lakes still have considerable ice depths and some anglers continue to have success in their pursuit of crappie and bluegill. Sunshine and warm temperatures (and some rain and wind) could take out much of the ice between now and the May 5 gamefish opener, but plan for the best (open water) and prepare for the “not best” (i.e., an ice fishing opener!)

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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4/17/18 @ 9:20 AM
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Excerpts from the April 16, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Technically, we are in the fourth week of spring. Real-life observations, however, indicate winter decided to extend (over-extend!) its stay. The forecast for this week shows a clearing, warming trend after mid-week and we can only hope it comes to fruition. Sunshine, wind, warm temperatures, and even some rain could go a long way to removing much of the ice (up to two feet or more on some lakes) before the May 5 gamefish opener.  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says it is somewhat quiet on the water... “Most lakes still have more than 20 inches of ice, but use great caution around current areas. There are only a handful of anglers venturing out on the ice, though they offer some decent reports, mostly on crappies... The fish are starting to move shallower and are getting a little more aggressive. Keep hole hopping – definitely keep moving shallow – until the fish light up your graph. Waxies and plastics are working just fine."

Mike at Jenk’s says opening weekend is three weeks away, but there is still plenty of ice on the Chippewa Flowage... “Reports from some anglers say the average ice depth is around 24 inches – and time is getting a bit short for full open water for opening weekend. However, judging from all incoming weather reports, this past weekend was the last gasp of winter and it will only continue to get warmer... Extended forecasts suggest temperatures will begin an ascent into the 40s, get into the 50s by Friday, and next week see temperatures in the low to mid 60s.”  

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses self-sustaining fish populations... “Long-time Sawyer County DNR fisheries biologist Frank Pratt has an interesting observation that may change how you think about fish populations. He points out that in a stable, self-sustaining fish population, one should only expect each fish to replace itself once, through successful spawning... Think about this in the context of a female muskellunge that might lay 100,000 eggs for 10 years of her life, totaling 1 million eggs! In a stable population where the number of muskellunge does not change much, she is a success if just one of those eggs survives to adulthood to replace her in the population... Some fish are more successful reproductively than others, of course. A female that is diseased or smaller than average might have worse odds of reproductive success. She may never reproduce successfully and have offspring surviving to adulthood. Another larger, healthy female might be lucky enough to have 10 offspring survive to be adults... This is what drives natural selection and evolution – the fit not only survive, but successfully pass on their genes to the next generation.”  

Former DNR fisheries biologist Frank Pratt will offer his “Fishing” presentation at Weiss Community Library Saturday, May 5, starting at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.weisscommunitylibrary.com, email hlibrary@hayward.wislib.org, or call (715) 634-2161.  

Anglers planning trips for the general fishing opener May 5 should check out the 2018 Wisconsin Fishing Report available online, in hard copy at DNR service centers, and in Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. The report contains ‘where to fish’ recommendations from fisheries biologists from around the state and forecasts, by species, from DNR fisheries biologists for waters in their area. The forecasts contain a mixture of recent fish survey results on abundance and size, descriptions of habitat projects, reminders on new rules, and many photos of impressive fish captured (and released) during DNR fisheries assessments. For more information, and to view the 20-page forecast online, search “fishing report” on the DNR website.  

FISHING REPORT  

Anglers continue to pursue panfish, but recent weather conditions have not been conducive to being on the ice. This past weekend, snowfall pushing the 20-inch range and very strong winds kept fishing interest to a minimum (if it existed!) and travel conditions on the ice are challenging. Still, anglers who do go out are reporting good success for crappies and bluegills. Most area lakes still have ice depths up to two feet (or more) and the fishing opener is less than three weeks distant. Forecasts say warmer weather is on the way, but this spring’s ice-out could cut it very close, at best.

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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4/12/18 @ 9:03 AM
fishen_soon
fishen_soon
MEMBER since 6/24/14

Round and Little Round are 10 fish per type, 25 combined bag limit.  So only 10 Crappie, 10 Perch or 10 Bluegill for total of 25. Don't know about other lakes.  You need to check Regs. for each body of water you fish.

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