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9/19/17 @ 2:09 PM
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Excerpts from the September 18, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The forecast for this week is less than encouraging in some respects, with chances for rain and thunderstorms, but with mild to warm temperatures for mid-September. Follow your plan, go prepared, watch the sky – and remember that “sometimes” forecasts miss the mark.

“Fall colors are popping up everywhere,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and should peak in the next couple of weeks... Musky fishing is sporadic, but with great action in active periods. Fish shallow weeds and along drop-offs with bucktails and surface lures. Try Bull Dawgs, Medusas, and similar lures near baitfish suspending in deep water... Walleye fishing is good for anglers working jigs and crawler halves on the edges of holes and humps in 15-18 feet. In the evening, fish jig/minnow combinations on weed edges in 5-8 feet. On bigger lakes, try just off weeds in 12-15 feet... Northern pike are in weeds, with some in deeper water. Use #4 or #5 Mepps or spoons tipped with Twister Tails... Largemouth are in shallow weeds, rocks, under docks, and in deep water, with no reliable pattern. Smallmouth are in deeper water, hitting crankbaits, crawlers, and minnows... Crappie action is best on minnows, small tube jigs, Tattle-Tails, and Mini-Mites in 12-18 feet. Bluegills are a little deeper in weeds and worms always work.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says outstanding weather stirred anglers to get out and chase their favorite species... “Musky fishing is picking up and some anglers are starting to run musky suckers off the back of their boat while casting shorelines and mid-lake structure with bucktails and topwaters. During mid-day, troll or cast open water with big rubber baits such as Bull Dawgs, Swimming Dawgs, Medusas, and Poseidons... Walleye fishing is strong, with mornings and evenings best, and anglers report success vertical jigging Rattle Traps, Jigging Raps, and others. Trolling crankbaits such as Flicker Shads, Tail Dancers, and deep diving Husky Jerks is also productive... Panfish action is also strong. Crappies are along weed edges and mid-lake structure containing good weeds. You will find big bluegills not far from the crappies.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky fishing slowed last week, likely due to the warm temperatures... Trolling Mattlocks continues to be a strong choice, especially for anglers targeting bigger fish. Casting Warlocks and various bucktails seems to produce the most fish... Walleye fishing is okay, but not spectacular. Anglers are switching to minnows, but crawlers remain a good choice. If live bait does not seem to work, try minnow swim baits with swim jigs, Jigging Raps, or 4-inch Gulp! on Kalin Darter Jigs. During the day, use electronics to locate schools of walleye on mud flat bottoms. In the evening, fish along weedlines and drop offs holding baitfish... Northern pike fishing is good in the weeds, with white and silver spinnerbaits outperforming all others, and the west side the best bet for large pike... Local guide Ron Bergman reports crappies are starting to school in Blueberry Flats and Moores Bay. Crappie Scrubs and Stinger Shads on 1/16-oz jigs, one-inch emerald shiner Gulp! Minnows, and crappie minnows all produce results.”  

FISHING REPORT

Musky:  Musky action is fair to very good and improving, depending on timing and weather. Search for fish on/around shallow to mid-depth weeds, drop-offs, shorelines, mid-lake structure, and suspending over deep water. The most productive bait types at this time include bucktails, big Bull Dawgs and similar rubber baits, jerkbaits, gliders, topwaters, and musky suckers on quick-strike rigs. Trolling large stickbaits and minnow baits is also effective.  

Walleye:   Walleye fishing is fair to good, with mornings and evenings still offering the best success. During the day, work in/on the edges of deeper holes and humps out to 20 feet or so and on the bottoms of mud flats. During evening into dark, work weed edges, weedlines, and drop-offs in 4-18 feet, depending on the lake. Bait preferences are transitioning. One or all traditional walleye offering might work... or not. Good choices include jigs with minnows or crawlers; cast and trolled crankbaits, swim jigs, and Gulp! Minnows; and jigging baits such as Jigging Raps.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike action is fair to good, particularly around green weeds and anywhere you find concentrations of panfish. Northern suckers, minnows, spinners, spinnerbaits, and Twister-tipped spoons all work. For trophy pike, fish bigger baits in deeper water.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth fishing can be challenging this time of year as the fish scatter to a variety of depths and habitat, such as weeds, rock, brush, and other structure. Good baits to try at this time include swim jigs, wacky worms, jerkbaits, spinners, plastics, and even some topwaters. Top baits include wacky worms, swim jigs, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, plastics, and topwaters.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth action is erratic, though some anglers report good success. Look for fish in, on, and near deeper weeds, rocks, gravel, and other hard bottom areas. Minnows, crawlers, crankbaits, and plastics all work for smallmouth.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is good in 10-20 feet around weed edges and weedy structure, with fish in the early stages of schooling. Best baits include crappie minnows, tube jigs, Tattle-Tails, Mini-Mites, Crappie Scrubs, various plastics, and one-inch Gulp! Minnows.  

Bluegill:  Bluegills are providing very good early fall action around mid-depth to deeper weeds, with larger fish on the deeper edges and often near schooling crappies. Waxies, worms, crawler chunks, minnows, plastics, and Gulp! baits are all effective offerings.  



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9/15/17 @ 8:27 PM
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Rich Simak
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Waning Crescent

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Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Warm and sunny this week with little wind. In Hayward's clear water lakes the smallmouth are mostly in 20 - 25 feet. The walleye are deeper, mostly 25 - 35 fow.

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9/12/17 @ 7:48 PM
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Walleye Wizard
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Waning Gibbous

Smallie out of Grindstone. 

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9/12/17 @ 11:32 AM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
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Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the September 11, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Following a very nice weekend, this week – should the forecast hold – appears to be a continuation of the same, with warm, sunny days, mild nights, and only slight chances for rain showers into the weekend. Get out and enjoy it!

“Fall is upon us,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with some lakes already experiencing some turnover... Musky fishing is sporadic, but hit an active period and you will have great action. All bait types are working and sucker fishing is starting. If you fish turnover lakes, use the brightest lures in your box. There are feeding windows in the weeds and times to cast or troll deeper water. When off weeds, use deep running lures such as Bull Dawgs or crankbaits... Walleye action is fair. In the daytime, use half crawlers in 15-18 feet on hole edges. In the evening, fish jigs and minnows on weed edges in 5-8 feet... Northern pike are in weeds, with some in deeper water. Use Mepps, spinnerbaits, spoons, and minnows.  

“Largemouth bass moved deeper, though still use the weeds, and it was a great year with plastics and surface baits. Smallmouth are switching to minnows and you can get some good action in the weeds.

“Crappie action is best in 15-18 feet as the fish are schooling. Use crappie minnows, small tube jigs, Tattle-Tails, and Mini- Mites. Fish deeper weeds with worms for bluegills and with worms and minnows for perch.”

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says the weather is more fall-like and water temperatures are hovering around the mid 60s... “Musky action is improving, with reports of some nice fish in the upper 40s, and bucktails and topwaters still producing. Focus on shallow flats and bars and make sure to do good figure-8s!... Walleye action is challenging, but anglers slow-trolling (around 1 mph) crawler harnesses are catching some nice fish. Bottom bounce them in 25-32 feet over mud flats and on the edges of main lake bars. In addition, try working #7 and #9 Jigging Rapalas through those same areas... Northern pike anglers made some nice catches last week fishing spinnerbaits and spoons on weedlines and points... Bass fishing is a little tougher, but still providing decent action. Largemouth are on flats and edges in 5-12 feet, hitting wacky worms, swim jigs, jerkbaits, and topwaters. For smallmouth, fish deeper cribs and rock bars with tubes, drop-shot rigs, and topwaters... Panfish action is stable. Focus on deeper weedlines and cribs with the usual live bait and plastics.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says the trick to Chippewa Flowage musky action, whether you are casting or trolling, is finding the baitfish... Maximize the use of your electronics and look for areas with nice cover or breaklines that dump into deeper water. Hot baits are bucktails, globes, Vexers, and Mattlocks... Walleyes remain a challenge, with size still a challenge and most walleyes caught less than 15 inches. Try crawlers, minnows, Jigging Raps, and #7 Flicker Shads on deeper mud flats... Northern pike are active in and on the edges of weed beds, particularly on the west side and Round Lake, with several pike larger than 40 inches taken on Tinsel Tail spinnerbaits last week... Crappies are not quite ready to school. Dropping water temperatures suggest it should happen within the next few weeks. For now, fish brush piles and cribs in 18-23 feet with minnows, Mini-Mites, Crappie Scrubs, and Gulp! baits.”  

FISHING REPORT

Musky:  Musky action is fair to very good on shallow flats and bars and over deep weeds. Bucktails, Bull Dawgs, crankbaits, jerkbaits, topwaters, and suckers can all get the interest of muskies.  

Walleye: Walleye action is fair to good, though inconsistent. During the day, work the edges of deep holes, flats, bars, and points. In evening into after dark, fish shallow weeds, weed edges, points, bars, and rock. Use jigs/minnows, jigs/crawler halves, slow-trolled crawler harnesses, and #7 and #9 Jigging Raps.  

Northern Pike: Northern pike fishing is good in/on deeper weeds, weedlines, and points. Use northern suckers, minnows, spinners, spinnerbaits, and spoons.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth action is fairly good, but more challenging with the temperature drop. Target deeper weeds, flats, and edges in 6-15 feet. Top baits include wacky worms, swim jigs, jerkbaits, plastics, and topwaters.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth fishing is fair to good. Look for fish on deeper weeds, cribs, and rock bars. The best baits include minnows, drop-shot rigs, tubes, and topwaters.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is good and fish are schooling on deeper weeds, weedlines, and cribs in 12-20 feet. The most productive baits are crappie minnows, tube jigs, Tattle-Tails, Mini-Mites, plastics, and Gulp! baits.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is good and consistent on deep weeds, weedlines, and cribs. Use the traditional baits of waxies, worms, plastics, and Gulp! baits. 

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9/12/17 @ 11:29 AM
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Tim Czub
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Waning Gibbous

With cooler temps, shorter day's and some trees showing some color, Fall is in the air on The Chippewa Flowage!

Crappies are in between their Summer haunts and Fall spots. Still fishing cribs and sunken brush piles during the day and bog fishing towards the eve as well as early morning. Gulp! and minnows are the bait of choice under slips and dead sticking as well.

Walleyes seemed to be switching over to minnows but still picking them off with crawlers and leeches, if you can find them. Working humps and deeper flats using the typical jigs and slips as well as trolling over these areas with cranks are producing fish as well.

Muskies are pretty hot right now on The Big Chip! This seasons Musky Hunt produced some nice fish with a 50 and 1/2 took the top prize. Vexers, Eddys and Suicks seem to be bait of choice.

Water levels are about a foot low with water temps around 65 degs.

Give me a call and book your Fall trip before the colors all gone for another season!

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

TC

Edited on 9/12/17 11:33 AM
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9/9/17 @ 8:35 PM
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Waning Gibbous

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Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Check out this YouTube video of our highlights of the day. A few bass and a big walleye, fishing deep weed lines in the morning. Switched to shallower water, fishing surface lures around lily pads in the evening, catching numerous bass. Many aggressive strikes. Larger fish seemed to be staged out deeper. 

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9/6/17 @ 4:43 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
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Excerpts from the September 4, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Following a moist start this week, the forecast indicates cool, dry, and sunny weather through the weekend! It is early September, but fall is definitely in the air!

“This has really been a different year and we are still waiting for summer to arrive!” says Pat at Happy Hooker... “Frustrated musky anglers report seeing fish and having follows, but few hookups. Try bucktails, swim baits, crankbaits, and topwaters... During the day, fish walleyes in/around the edges of deep holes and weeds. In late evening into night, move to shallower weeds and rocky points. Use fatheads and crawler halves on jigs, and run crankbaits deep during the day and shallow in the evening... Fish northern pike in weeds with spinnerbaits, swim baits, topwaters, and sucker minnows under bobbers... Largemouth bass are around shallow and deep weeds and structure. Use crawlers, plastics/plastic worms in various riggings, and topwaters/frogs. Smallmouth are on/along deep rocky bottoms. Use crawlers and crayfish imitations... Crappies are schooling off weed edges in 8-18 feet. Try crappie minnows and small plastics under slip bobbers at varied depths. Small bluegills are in shallow weeds, larger fish are in deeper weeds, and waxies and leaf worms on slip bobber rigs will work. Perch are just off the weeds, near the bottom.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says muskie action is sporadic, but with some nice fish biting... “Work deeper edges during midday and focus on shallow flats and humps during low light. Bucktails and topwaters are producing, but if the action is slow, try jerkbaits... Walleye anglers are catching fish by slow-trolling crawler harnesses at 1-1.5 mph along breaks and humps in 20-30 feet. Some anglers are catching fish in those areas by pitching Jigging Raps and working them back along bottom... Northern pike action is solid on spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and spoons fished on weedlines and large flats... Bass action is still strong, with largemouth along deeper weedlines and docks near deep water. Use wacky worms, swim jigs, and topwaters. Smallmouth are around rock and gravel bars and deeper cribs. Try topwaters early and then tube jigs and drop-shot rigs during the day... For panfish, focus on deep edges and cribs, using crappie minnows and larger plastics for crappies and waxies, leaf worms, and plastics for bluegills.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky action is very promising... “For casting, Globes, Suicks, and Ghosttails are producing the most results. Trolling Mattlocks still outshines other baits, but Jakes, Grandmas, and Believers remain strong choices. Use a proper leader – insufficient leaders lead to lost fish, lost baits, and the fish possibly dying... Walleye fishing improved a bit. During the day, Jigging Raps in deeper mud produces fish just off the bottom. In later evening, work bars and reefs rising out of deeper water, using crawlers or minnows on Lindy Rigs with 6-foot leaders. Northern pike are quiet, though spinnerbaits are producing a few... Crappies and panfish are active in cribs and river channels in 18-23 feet and minnows, tube jigs, and other plastics work well. Live bait is nearly always the bait of choice, but lately the hot choice is yellow tube jigs with white skirts on orange or chartreuse jig heads.”  

FISHING REPORT

Musky: Musky action is inconsistent, though there is no shortage of anglers seeing fish. Best locations include points, humps, rocks, weeds, flats, and edges from shallow to deep. (If it was easy, everyone would do it – or no one would do it!) A good range of baits are getting interest, including bucktails, crankbaits, spinners, spinnerbaits, swim baits, jerkbaits, stickbaits, and topwaters, with trolling larger baits also productive.  

Walleye: Walleye action is slower, but improving. During the day, look for fish in and on the edges of deep holes, weed beds, and mud bottoms. In the evening into dark, concentrate on shallower weeds, rocky points, and bars. Trollers should move at less than 2 mph along humps and breaks in 20-30 feet. Baits of choice include fatheads and crawler halves on jigs, crawler harnesses, and Lindy Rigs, Jigging Raps, and crankbaits. Leeches work if you can find them.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike action is fair to very good, with reports coming from both ends of the spectrum. Look for pike in weeds, weedlines, large flats, and wherever you find panfish/baitfish concentrations. Flashy and splashy will to the trick, with spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, swim baits, chatterbaits, topwaters, and sucker minnows under bobbers all working.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth fishing remains good to very good in various depths on weeds, weedlines, docks, and other structure adjacent to deep water. The most productive baits include crawlers, rigged worms/plastics (in assorted configurations), swim jigs, and topwaters/frogs.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth anglers report good success on deep rock, gravel, and other hard bottom areas, and on cribs. Top bait offerings include crayfish imitations, tubes, crawlers, and drop-shot rigs, with topwaters working early in the day. 

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is good to very good once you locate them. Look for fish in/on weeds and weed edges, cribs, and river channels in 7-25 feet. Use your electronics and check the entire water column for suspending fish. The most effective baits include crappie minnows, tube jigs, small to mid-size plastics, and Gulp! baits under slip bobbers.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is generally fair to good. Small fish offer fast action in shallow weed and brush areas, while larger fish are in/on/around the edges of deeper weeds and cribs. Best baits include waxies, leaf worms, plastics, and Gulp! baits.  

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8/29/17 @ 1:30 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
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Excerpts from the August 28, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The forecast indicates a mostly nice week, with mild days, cool nights, and a few chances for showers. It is nearly September – better get busy on those procrastinated “summer” activities!

“Musky anglers are moving a lot of fish,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but action is slow. Bucktails, jerkbaits, and topwaters are the go-to baits until cooler weather when suckers on quick strike rigs come into play... For walleyes, cast jigs with fatheads or crawler halves in 12-18 feet. Fish deeper weeds and humps during the day, but late evening into dark is best... Catch northern pike around weeds on spinnerbaits, spoons, and minnows under slip bobbers... For largemouth bass, work shallow weeds and docks with spinnerbaits, rigged worms, and topwaters. Fish smallmouth in/around rocks with small crankbaits, jerkbaits, and tubes... Crappies are in deeper weeds and structure, hitting minnows and small plastics under slip bobbers. Bluegills are shallow and taking red worms and waxies on slip bobbers. Perch are moving into rock/gravel areas. Use small minnows under slip bobbers.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says action is decent, but you have to put in the time.  “Musky action is consistent on main lake humps and points in 5-15 feet, with both rocks and weeds holding fish. Large spinners and topwaters work well during lowlight periods. During the day, cast jerkbaits or troll crankbaits for fish suspending just off the weeds... Catch walleyes on weed edges in 15 feet with minnows or crawler halves on jigs and swimbaits, slip bobber fishing deeper humps, and during the day, slow troll crawler harnesses in 20-30 feet... Northern pike action is improving. Work deep weeds and rock bars with chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, and weedless spoons... Largemouth bass action is solid on wacky worms, swim jigs, and Carolina rigs worked along deep weedlines, and of frogs and other topwaters around slop. Smallmouth are active on topwaters in early mornings. During the day, work rock bars with tube jigs, Ned Rigs, and drop-shot rigs... Crappie and bluegill action is decent, with crappies suspending over 20-30 feet and bluegills on deep weedlines. Waxies, leaf worms, chicken jigs, and jigs with plastics all work.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleye anglers should cast or troll stickbaits and harnesses in the river channel and on rock shorelines and points, or jig fatheads and large Gulp! minnows and leeches... “Fishing is good for northern pike and largemouth bass along weedlines with Mepps/spinners, surface plugs, and buzz baits, or try weed beds with dressed swim jigs, weedless spoons, and weedless surface baits... For crappie and bluegill, jig live bait near cribs and bogs deeper than 8 feet"

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky fishing is excellent, with multiple groups reporting many fish... “Suicks in black head, red head, perch, and orange are the hot bait casting baits, while trolling Mattlocks, Grandmas, Jakes, and Believers remains strong. Make sure you fish with a leader designed for trolling. Search for schools of baitfish when trolling and when casting, pick spots bordering trolling zones that have nice cover... Walleye fishing improved and leeches and crawlers are the live baits of choice. Try #7 Flicker Shads and Jigging Raps on deeper mud flats, bars, and reefs. Northern pike action is good on spinners and spoons... Smallmouth fishing is decent for anglers fishing crawlers on the cribs... Crappie fishing is very good in 18-22 feet on cribs and river channels and deeper weed humps. Use crappie minnows, Mini-Mites, Crappie Scrubs, and Gulp! baits.”  

FISHING REPORT

Musky: Musky fishing is fair to very good, with anglers seeing numerous fish, though not all hitting the baits. Search shallow to deeper points, humps, rocks, weeds, and/or areas holding concentrations of panfish and baitfish. Bucktails, spinners, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, and topwaters work well, as does trolling large minnow baits, crankbaits, and stickbaits.     

Walleye: Walleye anglers continue to catch fish, though action is somewhat inconsistent and late evening into after dark still offers the best odds for success. Look for weeds/weed edges, humps, rock shorelines, points, bars, mud flats, and river channels in depths from 6-20 feet depending on the time of day. Fish deeper during the day and shallower at night. Anglers are catching fish on fatheads, crawlers, and leeches, as well as cast and trolled stickbaits, crankbaits, swim baits, and minnow baits.     

Northern Pike: Northern pike fishing is good around weeds and rock bars, both shallow and deep. The most productive baits include spinners, spinnerbaits and spoons with Twister Tails, chatterbaits, and minnows/northern suckers under bobbers. 

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth bass action is good to very good in and around shallow to mid-depth weeds, weedlines, docks, and slop. A variety of baits are working well, including buzz baits, spinners, spinnerbaits, swim baits, spoons, Carolina rigs, wacky worms, and topwaters. Pick the presentation that best fits the area you are fishing.    

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth anglers fishing deeper rocks and cribs are catching fish on tubes, drop-shot rigs, smaller jerkbaits and crankbaits, and crawlers. Early in the day, try shallower areas with topwaters.      

Crappie: Crappie fishing is fair to good on mid-depth to deeper weeds, cribs, bogs, humps, and other structure, with some fish simply suspending over deep water. Crappie minnows, waxies, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, Crappie Scrubs, plastics, and Gulp! baits will all catch fish.     

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is good to very good from shallow to deep (4-25 feet) on weedlines, cribs, bogs, and humps. Fish shallow water for fast action on smaller fish and deeper water for bigger ‘gills. Top baits include waxies, leaf worms, red worms, small minnows, small jigs/plastics, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and Gulp! baits.   

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8/22/17 @ 11:05 AM
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Excerpts from the August 21, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

This week’s forecast is encouraging, with cooler weather – highs in the upper 60s/low 70s and lows in the mid-40s – and (mostly) only “slight” chances for rain showers. The first “real” feel of fall is on the way! 

“Late summer fishing can at times be very difficult,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but as water temperatures drop, we should get some great fall fishing... Musky anglers are moving fish on all bait types, but with moderate success. Work weeds and over deeper water for suspending fishing during the day. Use surface baits over weeds in morning and evening... For walleyes, fish deeper holes and mud flats with crawler halves on spin and Lindy rigs, drifting 12-18 feet over soft and hard bottom areas. In evenings, fish jigs with crawler halves or minnows on weed edges and rocky structure in 6-10 feet. Early morning and evening into dark are best... Northern pike are in weeds, hitting flashy baits, surface lures, and large minnows on slip bobbers... Bass fishing is good on deeper weeds and rock. For largemouth, use wacky worms, plastics, crankbaits, and surface baits. For smallmouth, use plastics and crankbaits... Crappies are schooling in deeper water. Try pink/white Tattle-Tails, Mini-Mites, and tube jigs, or minnows under slip bobbers. Use waxies and leaf worms for small bluegill in shallow weeds and bigger fish on weedlines.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky fishing continues to be on fire, particularly with trolling... “Casting during early morning and evening hours is effective, but trolling Mattlocks, Grandmas, Jakes, and Believers in midday is outstanding. Target the combination of deeper cover (13-20 feet) and baitfish, running baits 4-7 feet down at about 3.5 mph... Walleye fishing remains solid in numbers, but the size is still not up to par. Trolling Flicker Shads and other deeper running baits during the day is producing the best results. During evening hours, fish live bait around weed edges and humps in 6-12 feet... Northern pike are in the weeds and Tinsel Tail spinners, Daredevles, and Silver Minnows work well... After a summer full of smallmouth action, the bass seem to be taking a break. When bass fishing gets tough, a crawler in the cribs always seems to be the answer... Crappies are in 19-22 feet in cribs and river channels. Various baits are effective, including crappie minnows, Crappie Scrubs, and Mini-Mites.”  

This week, DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses a Namekagon River trout survey.  “On August 8, the Hayward DNR fish team partnered with a National Park Service crew, Trout Unlimited, and several other volunteers to complete a trout survey on a one-mile section of the Namekagon River just south of Seeley. We survey this transect every summer and it provides very useful data on how the trout population changes over time. Results of the 2017 trout survey are very encouraging for fishing prospects now and into the next few years...  The last three surveys have documented three very strong brown trout year classes. Brown trout from 2016 are now around 7-8 inches; those from 2015 are around 10-11 inches; and those from 2014 are around 14-16 inches. Larger trout from older age classes were present, but at a much lower abundance than is typical, because the harsh winter of 2013-14 wiped out many adult trout in the river. Fish from the 2017 year class– about 3-4 inches long – look relatively strong as well... The four year classes should mean a lot of very good fishing in the Namekagon for the foreseeable future, provided that no major environmental events set back the population.”  

FISHING REPORT  

Musky: Musky action is fair to good and anglers are seeing good numbers of fish. During early morning and evening hours, work bucktails and surface baits on shallower weeds and weedlines adjacent to deeper water. During the day, troll large stickbaits over deeper cover, looking for suspending fish.   

Walleye:  Walleye action is slow, though anglers are catching fish, with best success in early morning and evening into after dark. Look for holes, flats, weed edges, rock, and humps, concentrating on deeper areas during the day and shallower locations in early morning and evening hours. Crawlers and crawler halves on jigs, spinner rigs, and Lindy Rigs, as well as jigs and minnows, work well, and trolling crankbaits during daytime hours is producing some action.    

Northern Pike:  Northern pike fishing continues to be good to very good nearly anywhere you find weeds and/or panfish concentrations. Northern suckers and minnows under bobbers, lures with flash and splash, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, and surface baits are all excellent offerings. Fish bigger baits in deeper water for trophy pike.    

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth action is fair to good, as the bass moved to deeper weeds, weedlines, brush, rock, and cribs. Rigged worms and plastics in various configurations will get their attention.   

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth action is fair to good on deep weeds, cribs, rocks, and other hard bottom areas. Plastics (worms, tubes) remain the top baits, but crawlers and minnows can be very effective.    

Crappie: Crappie fishing is good to very good for fish schooling in/on deeper weedlines, cribs, brush, and river channels in depths to more than 20 feet. Baits of choice include crappie minnows, Tattle-Tails, Mini-Mites, tube jigs, plastics, and Gulp! baits, with or without slip bobbers.    

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is very good for small fish around shallower weeds and structure, while bigger ‘gills are in deeper water on weedlines, brush, docks, and cribs. Waxies, leaf worms, plastics, and small minnows are all productive.   

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Excerpts from the August 14, 2017 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Following a damp start to the week, the forecast indicates a mix of sunshine and possible showers throughout this week, but at present no expectations of severe weather. Temperatures should be good for most outdoor recreation, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. We have hit mid-August – get in your summer fun now! 

“The unusual weather patterns continue to confuse fish and frustrate anglers,” says Pat at Happy Hooker... “Musky fishing is slow, with early morning and late evening into night most productive. Bucktails, shallow crankbaits, gliders, and topwaters are all effective... Walleyes are close behind small fish growing in size and venturing deeper outside of weed beds. Use crawlers on spin rigs or harnesses with bottom bouncers, or try leeches just off the edges of structure. Early morning and late afternoon into dark is best... Northern pike are in weeds, hitting large minnows, spinnerbaits, and topwaters... Largemouth bass are in 5-10 feet in weeds, around docks, and off the edges of structure. Cast brown, blue, and green plastics. Wacky rigging also produces fish. Fish smallmouth on points and rock piles with brown, orange, or red tube jigs to imitate crayfish... Crappies are schooling off deeper weedlines in 8-12 feet. Set crappie minnows or small tube jigs under slip bobbers 3-5 feet off bottom. Mid to late afternoon is best. Catch larger bluegills on leaf worms and small leeches.”  

Bob and Erik at Hayward Bait say most Hayward area lake temperatures are in the low- to mid-70 degrees.  "Much of the musky success is on bucktails and topwaters, with a few anglers tossing rubber baits such as Bull Dawgs and paddle-tail baits. Trolling Jakes, Depth Raiders, Grandmas, and Matlocks also shines on various waters... Walleye fishing is spotty, but a number of anglers are still finding good fish. Crawlers on harnesses work well, as do casting and trolling crankbaits to cover water... Bass fishing is very good on topwaters during first and last light. As the day progresses, plastics are the hot ticket. Drop shot rigs with finesse worms or wacky-rigged Senkos are also productive... Panfish anglers are finding fish along weedlines, off shoreline structure, and weeds on mid-lake/off-shore structure. Use slip bobbers with crawlers and various plastics on jig heads.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake says walleye anglers should troll and cast stickbaits, jig fatheads and leeches (while available), or use crawler rigs... “The largemouth bass and northern pike bite is a little slow, but you can get their attention with vibration, rattle, flash, and splash... Crappie anglers are catching bigger crappies on larger than usual plastics and minnows – do not be afraid to go big! If the bites miss the hooks, trim the length of the tails... Bobber-fish panfish by casting to 8-10 feet.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says Chippewa Flowage musky fishing remains strong... “In particular, trolling Mattlocks, Grandmas, Jakes, and Believers in open water areas over deep cover between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. are moving the most fish. At other times, cast spinnerbaits and topwaters over structure and drop-offs... Walleye size has gotten a tad better, with anglers reporting more legal fish. They are finding fish in deeper water during the day by drifting live bait or trolling shad style baits... Northern pike of all sizes remain active in weed beds, with many anglers catching them while fishing other species, and the pike hitting just about everything from crawlers to spinnerbaits... Callahan Lake largemouth bass are really aggressive in dense vegetation, hitting imitation frogs and to a lesser extent spinnerbaits... Crappie action definitely picked up on deep cribs, with crappie minnows working best."  

FISHING REPORT 

Musky:  Musky action is good, with early and late hours into dark producing the most success. Baits of choice include bucktails, Bull Dawgs, stickbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, gliders, and topwaters. Trolling many of those baits over deep cover in open water is also producing some good fish.  

Walleye:  Walleye fishing slowed, but anglers continue to find some nice fish, particularly in early morning and then from late afternoon into and after dark. Work deeper water during the day and shallower areas in the evening hours. Fish are holding on weed edges and near other structure. Leeches work well (but difficult to find), as do fatheads and crawlers on jigs, harnesses, and split shot rigs. Casting and trolling stickbaits and crankbaits are also catching fish.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike action is slower, though still good around weeds at various depths. Northern suckers under bobbers work well, and spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, and topwaters will all attract pike. Fish bigger baits in deeper water for trophy pike.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth fishing is fair to very good, depending on the lake. You will find them in, near, and on the edges of shallow to mid-depth weeds, lily pads, slop, docks, and other structure. Plastics in various configurations (worms in assorted riggings, tubes, etc.), drop-shot rigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and of course topwaters are all good.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth action is very good on deeper hard bottom areas such as points, rock, and gravel. Best offerings include crayfish colored plastics such as rigged worms, tubes, and swim baits, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Try topwaters early and late in the day.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is good and getting better. Concentrate on deeper weeds, weedlines, cribs, and other structure, with afternoons offering the best chances for success. The most productive baits include crappie minnows, crawlers, plastics, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, and Gulp! baits, with/without slip bobbers.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is good to very good. For fast action, fish small ‘gills in and around shallower weeds and structure. Catch larger fish in deeper weeds, brush, and cribs. Top baits include waxies, worms, crawler chunks, leaf worms, leeches, and plastics on small jigs, teardrops, and small hooks, with or without bobbers.  


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