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11/21/17 @ 7:07 PM
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Tim Czub
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No ice on Sand lake as of the Monday the 20th. Only skim along shoreline. It'll be a bit.

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11/21/17 @ 10:42 AM
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Excerpts from the November 20, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

This week’s Hayward forecast – up to Friday – includes many “mostly sunny” days. Temperatures will spread across quite a range, often accompanied by some very strong winds. This Friday shows a high in the mid-40s, but with chances of various forms of precipitation. This is definitely one of those times when “If you do not like the weather, just wait a bit” for weather perhaps more to your liking!   

FISHING REPORT 

Wisconsin’s traditional nine-day gun deer season continues through this Saturday and combined with poor fishing conditions, there is little angler interest at this time. Musky season remains open in the North Zone through November 30 and game fish season for most species is open (check the regs) through March 4. There are reports of anglers tempting fate on thin ice forming on shallow bays, but this is neither advisable nor safe, particularly with the fluctuating temperatures! Mark your calendars for Free Fishing Weekend January 20-21.

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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11/18/17 @ 7:09 AM
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BradyZ
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MEMBER since 4/6/17

MOON PHASE
New Moon

Anyone near sand lake that can give me an ice report? Looking to make a trip in the next 2 weeks wondering how things are shaping up 

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11/14/17 @ 2:39 PM
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Excerpts from the November 13, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The forecast for this week indicates a damp one, with moderate, more “seasonal” high temperatures until the coming weekend. The forecast shows lows for the week in the 20s and 30s, which combined with expected precipitation, could make for slippery driving conditions, especially in the early morning and evening hours. There is also a chance for measurable snowfall late in the week, but that should please deer hunters looking ahead to the start of the traditional nine-day gun deer season that opens this Saturday, November 18.  

FISHING REPORT

Winter type weather greatly slowed interest in open water fishing, in addition to making it difficult (imagine that) and this will most likely be the final open water fishing report for this season. However, musky season remains open in the North Zone through November 30 and the game fish season for most species (check the regs!) continues through March 4. If you are looking ahead to ice fishing, keep in mind Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend is January 20-21.

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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11/7/17 @ 11:39 AM
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Excerpts from the November 6, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Highs in the mid-20s to mid-30s this week, according to the forecasts, with lows in the teens – except for a predicted single-digit low Thursday night! The forecast also includes more snow, though not any appreciable amount (at this time.) If you are not ready and/or prepared for the transition from fall to winter... it is going to happen, regardless. Might as well GET prepared and enjoy it as much as possible!

“The weather certainly changed from the previous week, when temperatures were in the 50s and 60s,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “We began this week with a layer of snow on the ground and more in the short-term forecast... As for fishing, musky fishing is now the primary open water activity. The cold weather triggered the fish into a feeding frenzy and musky action is the best of the year, with anglers catching muskies nearly every trip. Most of the fish are coming on suckers on quick-set rigs or on jigging baits. The current water temperatures are in the upper 40s and some crust ice is forming along the shorelines. This weather is more in line with rifle season than fall archery or fishing, but a few brave anglers will still be on the lakes, even with the falling snow... We have no reports from anglers fishing any other species, with most having retired their boats for this fishing season and now thinking about getting into the woods."  

Bob at Hayward Bait says late fall/winter arrived this week, with dropping temperatures – and snow... “Some anglers are getting on the water in this inclement weather and the bite is still solid over the past couple weeks... Musky anglers are catching most fish with suckers on quick-set rigs. In addition, some anglers are trolling diving lures such as Mattlocks, some are casting large jerk and swim baits, and still others are vertical jigging Fuzzy Duzzits or Bondy baits. Focus on 15-30 feet depths, on steep breaking points and humps that drop quickly into deep water... There are still a few crappie anglers on the water and they report some success on suspending fish by working small minnows and plastics in 20-35 feet."  

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses 2017 as a big year for the Hayward Lakes Chapter of Muskies, Inc... “There are many great fishing clubs in the Hayward area, all of which do fine work to promote fishing, habitat, and conservation. The Hayward Lakes Chapter of Muskies Inc. is one of the clubs and this year it deserves specific recognition for its involvement in a considerable number of projects... During this past spring, the Chapter provided funding and volunteers to help control non-native northern pike in Lac Courte Oreilles. They paid to have many of the smaller pike – in which anglers have little interest – turned into fish patties donated to local food shelves... Later in the year, the Chapter donated funds to Governor Thompson Hatchery to purchase extra food so some muskies raised there could get bigger before stocking. Bigger fingerlings tend to have better survival. The club donated funds to tag many of these fish and provided much of the volunteer labor necessary to implant all the tags... “In yet another project, the Chapter donated funds to the hatchery to help develop a system to keep ospreys from eating so many fish out of the hatchery ponds. That effort, if successful, could significantly boost hatchery production of muskellunge... Most recently, the Hayward Chapter, along with several other local groups, donated funds to extend one of the Chippewa Flowage boat ramps. Longer ramps mean better access to the Flowage, no matter the water level... The Hayward Lakes Chapter Muskies, Inc. deserve a big thank you for all the fine work it did in 2017 to improve our fisheries and the sport of fishing in the Hayward area.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Angler interest is dropping with the temperature, but this is THE time for trophy muskies and musky anglers continue to pound the water in search of the big ones. Look for fish in deeper water (15-30 feet) on breaks, points, and humps adjacent to steep drops to deep water. Suckers on quick-strike rigs are the most effective bait this time of year, but some anglers are catching fish trolling/casting stickbaits, divers, jerkbaits, swim baits, and jigging baits. There are still a few crappie anglers trying their luck, with some reporting success fishing small minnows and plastics for fish suspending in deeper water (20-35 feet). Single-digit lows forecast for this week will surely end open water fishing on many waters.

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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10/31/17 @ 9:34 AM
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Excerpts from the October 30, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Forecasts show highs in the 30s/40s and lows in the 20s for much of this week, with chances for “mixed” types of precipitation. However, there is a warming trend at the end of the week and through the weekend. Dress for the occasion and you should be comfortable while pursuing your outdoor activities!  

“Another week and another change in the weather,” says Pat at Happy Hooker... “The musky bite is improving, water temperatures in the 50s have fish in a feeding mode, and anglers are catching some nice fish. Jerkbaits and big minnow baits are best for casting and suckers are catching more fish every week... Walleye fishing is good on live bait fished around the edges of holes and humps in 15-18 feet, but the fish move shallower in the evening. Anglers trolling crankbaits also report some success... Crappies are schooling and action is best in 15-18 with minnows and small tube jigs. Perch fishing is good on worms and minnows in deeper weeds."

Erik at Hayward Bait says fall is here in full force, with dropping temperatures, high winds, and even some snow... “Not too many anglers are on the water, except for musky anglers, and the bite is solid, with suckers on quick-set producing most of the catches. Focus in 15-30 feet on steep breaking points and humps that drop quickly into deep water. Casting large jerk and swim baits can get some action as well, or try vertical jigging Fuzzy Duzzits or Bondy baits to probe the depths... Crappie anglers report success fishing deeper water, 20-35 feet, with small minnows and plastics."

Mike at Jenk’s says the Chippewa Flowage water level is down about 3 feet and water temperatures are dropping with the cold fronts... “Musky action is almost exclusively on live bait, with medium to large suckers the ticket. As the month progresses, expect trollers to start seeing fish again, but right now the key is suckers!... Walleyes are starting to move deep so try fishing holes in 20-30 feet with walleye suckers. This time of year there is no substitute for live bait. Key areas to target are the deep 25-30 foot holes west of Popple Island, the hole off Menard’s shoreline, and by the CC Bridge. Anglers report much bigger fish with the cold fronts and deeper walleye fishing will only improve throughout the month... Crappie fishing is slower than usual and anglers catching fish are using crappie minnows. Target crappies sitting close to the bottom, as suspending fish seem very inactive.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Musky:  Muskies go on a feeding binge in late fall and now is the time for big fish. Target humps, points, and breaks adjacent to deep water. Suckers on quick-strike rigs remain the best choice for action, though some anglers are having success on large jerkbaits, stickbaits, swimbaits, and vertical jigging baits.  

Walleye:  Walleye action is good to very good and improving. During the day, look for fish in 15-35 feet in, on, and along the edges of deep holes, humps, rock, and steep shorelines. In late afternoon and into the evening, concentrate on shallower green weeds if you can find them. Walleye suckers, minnows, crankbaits, stickbaits, and Jigging Raps/jigging baits are all catching fish.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is fair to good near the bottom in 12-30 feet and deeper water. Some fish are schooling. Crappie minnows, tube jigs, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and small plastics are the baits of choice.  

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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10/29/17 @ 7:22 PM
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merc#1
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USER since 5/3/12

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Waxing Gibbous

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

Had a very good day dragging suckers on a small area lake Saturday,4 fish between 38 and 49 inches . Weather wasn't the best but with good fish like that it helps keep the cold at bay !

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10/26/17 @ 10:08 AM
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HLVCB
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Waxing Crescent

Excerpts from the October 23, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

No matter your weather preference (barring 90 degrees, dry, and still), there should be at least one day this week that just about anyone should find favor. Probably just one day per person, per preference, but the forecast shows quite a mix!  

“The first frost finally made its way into northern Wisconsin,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and fall turnover should happen soon. Turnover usually starts when the water temperature hits 55 degrees and lakes are currently 56-58 degrees... Muskies put on an aggressive feed as the water temperatures drop and live suckers are the bait of choice. Anglers using suckers boated some nice fish in the past week... Walleyes are on underwater points and structure and will sit on deep, hard bottom edges. Look for areas with mixed rock, rubble, and boulders. There is a considerable amount of ‘dead water’ out there, so if you do not find or catch fish, move on. Fish move deeper as we head into late fall. Look for transitions from hard to soft bottom and fish sit right on the transition line, on the hard bottom side. Jig and minnow is the presentation of choice. Pitch jigs onto the breaks and drag or bounce them off the breaks... Northern pike are in and around the weeds, but most catches are by musky anglers throwing spinner and swim baits... Some anglers using crappie minnow on slip bobbers are finding crappies in deeper weed areas."  

Erik at Hayward Bait says anglers enjoyed the exceptionally nice late October weather and fishing is strong... “Even with water temperatures warmer than normal, many musky anglers report successful days on the water. Most anglers are fishing suckers on Shumway sucker rigs, either straight-lined off the back of the boat and/or under a bobber at the desired distance. Casting is still great, with many rubber baits such as Bull Dawgs, Medusas, and paddle-tails an ideal choice for the next 50-incher... Walleye anglers are finding active fish by trolling, ripping Jigging Raps, and with and jigs and minnows, but they would love to see somewhat colder temperatures... Bass fishing, especially for smallmouth, still has the interest of some anglers. Smallmouth are active across rock humps and breaklines, mostly in 10-14 feet. A number of anglers report success on jigs with walleye suckers... Crappie anglers are having luck with live bait on slip bobbers, as well as fishing somewhat more active presentations such as Tattle-Tails, Mini-Mites, Chicken Jigs, and plastics. Most action is off weed edges.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky fishing is solid... “As we go later and later on in the year, the more suckers are the choice as muskies bulk up for winter. Target areas rich in baitfish. If you do not spot baitfish on the graph, try other spots, as muskies will congregate around food rich environments... Walleyes are starting to show signs of life on the Flowage, though the size remains smaller. A few anglers still use crawlers, but it is predominantly minnow fishing from here to the end of the season. With the cooler temperatures, expect walleyes to head to deep holes... While there are few reports of bass action on the Flowage, the smallmouth bite on Round and Grindstone lakes is very strong with minnows on the cribs. Several anglers report seeing smallmouth more than 20 inches every day... Crappies are biting, but it seems the only ones are those sitting on the bottom, not suspending fish. Crappie minnows are the best choice, but on slow days, try throwing some plastics.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Musky:  Late fall is THE time for big muskies and the fish are starting to up their feeding game. Rubber baits such as Bull Dawgs work well, but this is when suckers really shine. Run them on quick-strike rigs off the back of the boat, with or without a bobber, while casting and retrieving rubber baits near the sucker for a double temptation!  

Walleye: Walleye fishing is good to very good, primarily deep, in holes, on point and bar edges, breaklines, and hard bottoms with rock and gravel. Jigs and minnows work well, some anglers still use crawlers, others trolling stick and crank baits, and still others work Jigging Raps and similar baits.  

Northern Pike: Northern pike fishing is good, though most catches are by anglers fishing for other species. Work the weeds with northern suckers, spinnerbaits, bucktails, and swim baits. As is usually the case, use bigger baits in deeper water for trophy pike.  

Smallmouth Bass Smallmouth action is very good in 10-18 feet on cribs, breaklines, and humps. Large minnows and walleye suckers on jigs, plastics, and drop-shot rigs are all very effective at this time.  

Crappie: Crappie fishing is good on and just off the edges of deeper weeds, at various depths in the water column. Use your locator. Crappie minnows work best, on jigs and/or under slip bobbers, but Gulp! baits, Tattle-Tails, Mini-Mites, and other plastics work well, too.  

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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10/23/17 @ 5:15 PM
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Wisco Angling
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61° - 65° F

Fishing up near Hayward. TArgeted Largemouth in 10-15 FOW both in weeds and on weed edges. Had most of my success using a 4 inch black Gulp Ringworm with a 1/8 oz jighead. Biggest bass was 4 pounds, a new PB, along with a 17 incher, and some 14 inchers both me and my buddy from BnTfishing managed to pull in. Got the video and picture below if anyone's interested!


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10/17/17 @ 3:46 PM
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Excerpts from the October 16, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The forecast for this week (at least until the weekend) shows near-perfect fall weather for just about any outdoor activity. Cool nights and highs in the mid to upper 60s is about as good as it gets! Take advantage now – or play “woulda, coulda, shoulda” in what will probably be the too-near future.  

“Our autumn weather continues to be rather mild,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with daytime temperature ranging from the mid 50s to the lower 60s. Leaf colors are now at or nearing peak, hunters are taking to the woods for grouse, archery deer, and waterfowl, and anglers are on the water searching for trophy muskies... Most fishing action is for musky and this is the time to float suckers while casting. In the past couple of weeks, the majority of muskies have come on live bait. Large bucktails, swim baits, gliders, and deep running crankbaits also work. If you float a sucker while casting, make sure to retrieve the lure past the sucker. You may have a follow – and many anglers miss follows by not doing a figure eight at the boat... Walleye action is best in late evening into night for anglers fishing along shallow weeds and rock bars as walleyes come in to feed. Small crankbaits, tube jigs, and jigs and minnows are producing the most success. However, we have several reports of musky anglers trolling musky lures catching walleyes and largemouth bass... Northern pike are still active in and around the weeds, once again proven by musky anglers. Anglers are catching most of the pike on small to mid-size bucktails and spinnerbaits, but northern pike will hit almost anything that moves or flashes... You will find largemouth bass on deeper weeds and smallmouth on rock and gravel areas. The same baits work for both species... Panfish fishing action slowed, but anglers report success fishing deeper weeds (8-12 feet) for crappies and bluegills. Sometimes fish are suspending and other times they are close to the bottom. Adjust baits accordingly to cover the entire water column. Schooled fish move around and good electronics help locate them. Early afternoon is best. Use crappie minnows and small fatheads under slip bobbers, though vertical jigging small tube jigs produce good success.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says water temperatures are cooling to the mid 50s as nightly lows produce good morning frosts... “Musky anglers are out and the fall bite is in full swing. Anglers looking for big muskies report success fishing musky suckers off the back of the boat, as well as while casting gliders, crankbaits, jerkbaits, and rubber baits such as Medusas and Bull Dawgs... “Walleye fishing is holding strong with aggressive, jigging style baits such as Rippin' Raps, Jigging Raps, and Rattle Traps. For the tough afternoon bite, just keep it simple. A jig head tipped with a walleye sucker or fathead minnow is highly effective... Bass anglers continue to hit the water and report some success fishing tubes and crankbaits, with even an occasional topwater bite... Panfish action is progressively picking up this fall. Anglers report the most success fishing various small paddle-tail, shad, tube, and plastics near cribs and in deep weeds. Tipping your favorite color jig with a crappie minnow and fishing it with/without a bobber is also always a productive." 

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses walleye stocking success in the Hayward area... “Fish stocking can be a useful tool for fisheries biologists to create fisheries where a fishery did not previously exist (e.g. stocked trout ponds), reestablish populations, or to supplement existing populations... In the Hayward area, most of the stocking consists of muskellunge and walleye. Walleye stocking has become increasingly common, as natural recruitment has sputtered in many local lakes. There are about two dozen lakes in the Hayward area stocked with extended growth walleye... Evaluations of the stocking success in those lakes show that survival varies considerably, depending on the lake. The survival of stocked walleye appears to be highest in Big Chetac, Chippewa Flowage, Teal (and to a lesser extent Lost Land), and some of the smaller lakes in the Winter area. One commonality between all these lakes experiencing good stocking survival is that they have relatively dark water. In addition, all of these lakes have a good forage base... As we continue to stock walleyes, we will expand our understanding of where stocking works best, how many fish to stock in a given lake, and what we can do to improve stocking survival... It should be noted the preferred outcome is that the walleye return to reproducing naturally.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Musky:   Musky action is good and getting better as fall temperatures encourage a pre-winter feeding binge. Work on/edges of deep weeds, breaks, points, bars, and wherever you find concentrations of panfish. The most productive baits include suckers, large bucktails, Bull Dawgs and similar rubber baits, tubes, jerkbaits, stickbaits, gliders, and crankbaits, with trolling many of these baits working as well.  

Walleye:  Walleye reports range from fair to very good, with lake, time, conditions, offerings, and angler all factors in success (or lack thereof). Late afternoon into dark is best, concentrating on shallow weeds, points, bars, and rock. Jigs with walleye suckers or fatheads work best, but crankbaits, plastics, and tube jigs are also catching fish.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike are on the feed around weeds in varied depths and not far from wherever you find concentrations of panfish. Try northern suckers and small to medium bucktails, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, swim baits, and soft plastics. If catching trophy pike is your goal, offer bigger baits in deeper water.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth action can be very, very good in the fall if you can locate the fish and make correct presentations. Look for fish around deep weeds, downed trees, brush, and cribs, and tempt them with live bait, plastics, spinners, and spinnerbaits.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth action remains fair to good on rock, gravel, and cribs at various depths. Use sucker minnows, crawlers, tubes, crankbaits, plastics, drop-shot rigs, and topwaters. 

Crappie:  Crappie action is very good once you locate and follow them. Fish are schooling and suspending at various depths around weeds, cribs, and near bottom. Best baits include small jigs tipped with crappie minnows, fatheads, tubes, plastics, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and Gulp! baits fished with or without bobbers.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is good for bigger fish around mid-depth to deeper weeds, brush, and cribs. Use waxies, worms, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks, 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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