Hayward Area Lakes, Sawyer County

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7/19/18 @ 12:28 PM
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Rich Simak
Rich Simak
USER since 6/3/11

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Walleye can be found in a variety of locations on Hayward's clear water lakes. Fish can be found on the deep weed edges as well as in cribs or suspended. Smallmouth are mostly in rocks, but not in many of the usual locations. Keep moving to locate fish. We haven't had too many beast-mode smallies lately. The pictured fish was caught on a rock reef in 12 fow just after dark.

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7/17/18 @ 6:25 PM
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Big Chip Guide Service
Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

MOON PHASE (28%)
Waxing Crescent

Had a great time on the Big Chip today! Nice to see that the wind died down from yesterday, that's for sure!

Caught plenty of walleyes, panfish and a variety of other species. Brush piles, cribs and shoreline bogs All produce fish.

I still do have availability on selective dates yet this month.

Give me a call if you want to get out on this beautiful body of water and experience all that it holds!

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

TC

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7/17/18 @ 3:53 PM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
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MOON PHASE (28%)
Waxing Crescent

Excerpts from the July 16, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The forecast predicts a fine week through Wednesday, with showers possible Thursday and maybe Friday, then back to mild, sunny weather. Enjoy!

"Fish are feeding in early morning and at night,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Anglers can catch fish during the day, but boat traffic, heat, and sun affect the bite... If something is not working, try something different – do not fish memories. Plastics, stickbaits, spoons, and surface baits are all taking fish... Musky action is slow, but anglers working shorelines report some success... Walleyes are deep, with fishing better some days than others, and best in late afternoon into dark. Try trolling shallow rattling crankbaits and worm and leech harnesses. During daylight, use leeches and crawlers on split shot rigs or under slip bobbers on deep transition areas... Northern pike and bass are on shoreline cover. Tip slow dropping plastics with crawlers and leeches... Crappie fishing is slow, with anglers picking up one here and there while fishing for other panfish. Bluegills are in deeper vegetation and taking small jigs tipped with plastics and leeches.”  

Erik at Hayward Bait says fishing is hot in the Hayward area... “Musky fishing is good for anglers ripping bucktails and topwaters in bright colors and crappie patterns on weed beds and edges, particularly on Spider, Teal, and some other lakes... Walleye fishing is good, especially the Chippewa Flowage and Lac Court Oreilles, with anglers catching good numbers and better size than in past years. Look for deep breaklines, weed edges, cribs, and humps in 10-25 feet... Largemouth bass fishing is good on Texas rigs, buzz baits, and wacky rigs near thick weeds, docks, and structure. Smallmouth action is hot for big fish on Grindstone. Anglers report good success fishing Ned rigs, skirted jigs, and leeches on slip bobbers around deeper rock bars and structure... Crappie and bluegill fishing is very good on the Chippewa Flowage and Nelson Lake for anglers fishing around bogs and weed edges with Mini-Mites and Chicken Jigs tipped with waxies.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake fishing pressure slowed with the hot weather and thunderstorms... except for some bass anglers who think they are lightning-proof – scary!  “Northern pike anglers are catching fish on stickbaits, large surface poppers, Torpedoes, buzzbaits, and spinnerbaits. Largemouth bass are holding in the weeds where there are higher oxygen levels, so throw swim jigs, dressed weedless spoons, surface poppers, and frogs in and along the weed beds... Crappies and panfish are near cribs, bogs, stumps, and structure. Crappies are often suspending, so vary bait depth.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says the Chippewa Flowage is full, with water temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s... “With the rising water temperatures, muskies and other fish are heading deeper. Target deeper cover trolling Mattlocks, Jakes, and Grandmas, or vertical jig rubber baits. If you land a musky, minimize its out of water time and keep it upright in the water until it can swim away... Walleye fishing slowed, but anglers are catching fish on cover and sand saddles in 20 feet and deeper. Leeches and crawlers are the live baits choices. For artificials, use Jigging Raps and trolled Flicker Shads... Northern pike are quiet. Try deep weeds with jigging spoons and countdown crankbaits...  Smallmouth bass remain active despite the temperatures. Work plastic imitations and crawlers on shoreline and deep structure on the south and east ends... Crappies are quiet, even around bogs. Try crappie minnows, plastics, and jigging baits on deep sand saddles.”  

FISHING REPORT

Musky: Musky action is slow to good, with anglers finding fish along shallower shoreline cover, in and around weeds and weed bed edges, in deep water, and suspending at depths between. Trolling large stickbaits can be very effective, but anglers are also catching fish on bucktails, rubber baits, and topwaters.  

Walleye:  Walleye fishing is fair to good, with best success in early morning and evening into dark. During the day, fish weeds, breaklines, and humps out to 28 feet and deeper. In “prime” hours, fish shallower areas holding forage. Best baits include crawlers and leeches on jigs, spinner harnesses, split shot rigs, and slip bobbers, and trolled crankbaits and stickbaits.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike action is somewhat subdued, perhaps the result of warming water temperatures. Try deeper weeds and cover for the best success, though some fish are still around shallower weeds and cover. Productive pike presentations include northern suckers, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, stickbaits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastics, and topwaters.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth fishing is good to excellent on most waters. Fish shallow to mid-depth weeds, docks, brush, bogs, slop, lily pads, and similar structure. Texas, wacky, and Ned rigs, swim jigs, weedless spoons, assorted plastic topwaters such as frogs, and live bait such as crawlers and leeches will all catch largemouth.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth action is very good along weeds, docks, rocks, shorelines, structure, gravel, and bars at assorted depths. Best success is on plastics in various configurations and riggings; buzz and swim baits; and leeches and crawlers under slip bobbers.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is slow and inconsistent, but the fish are still there! They are scattered and suspending over deep water, with locations such as weeds, bogs, cribs, stumps, and other structure at various depths. Top baits include crappie minnows and plastics under slip bobbers, and small jigging spoons.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is good to very good, particularly for smaller fish around shallow weeds. For larger fish, try deeper weeds, wood, brush, bogs, cribs, and stumps. Waxies, leeches, plastics, Mini-Mites, and Tattle-Tails on plain hooks, small jigs, and teardrops, with/without slip bobbers, all work for bluegills.  

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7/10/18 @ 8:45 AM
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Hayward Lakes VCB
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USER since 6/3/08

MOON PHASE (9%)
Waning Crescent

Excerpts from the July 9, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

According to current forecasts, the week ahead should be warm, sunny, and dry. The exception is possible thunderstorms Wednesday night through Thursday, but then right back to warm and sunny. 

FISHING REPORT

Musky: Musky action is good, though somewhat behind the normal activity schedule. Anglers are finding the best success over/around weeds and weed edges, breaklines and over deeper brush and other cover. Good bait choices include bucktails, Bull Dawgs/rubber baits, crankbaits, spinners, and topwaters. Trollers are using large stick and minnow baits.  

Walleye: Walleye fishing is good to very good, with the best fishing in early morning hours and late evening into dark. Look for fish around deeper weeds, humps, points, river channels, and brush during the day. In the evening, work shallower, weedy breaklines out to 12 feet. Bait choices include jigs/fatheads, walleye suckers, leeches and crawlers on live bait and spinner rigs, Jigging Raps, crankbaits, stickbaits, and Beetle Spins. Trolling is also an effective option.  

Northern Pike: Northern pike fishing is good to very good in/on shallow to mid-depth weeds and weedlines. Spinners, spinnerbaits, weedless spoons, northern suckers, and minnows will all get the attention of pike. For bigger fish and trophy pike, work larger baits in deeper water.  

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth bass are very active, as anglers expect during the summer months, particularly around shallow weeds, slop, and lily pads, brush, bogs, and cribs. Baits of choice include plastics in various riggings, buzz baits, spinnerbaits, weedless spoons, drop shot rigs, leeches, and topwaters.  

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth bass fishing remains good to very good. Look for fish in deeper water on hard bottom areas with rock or gravel and around other cover. Assorted forms of plastics in various riggings, crankbaits, and other baits in crayfish colors, drop-shot rigs, topwaters, and crawlers can all tempt smallmouth.  

Crappie: Crappie action is good to very good, but fish are in deeper water and finding them can be a challenge. Concentrate on deeper weeds, wood, stumps, points, cribs, and bogs out to about 18 feet. Crappie minnows under slip bobbers still top the bait list, but plastics and Beetle Spins are also producing good catches.  

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is very good for smaller fish in shallow areas with cover. Fishing is fair to good for larger fish around weeds, wood, brush, bogs, points, and cribs in 8-15 feet. Best baits include waxies, worms, leaf worms, leeches, small minnows, and plastics on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks, fished with or without 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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7/9/18 @ 6:18 PM
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Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

MOON PHASE (16%)
Waning Crescent

The crappie fishing on the Chippewa Flowage is starting to pick up. Starting to see plenty of fish down deep in their summer spots but plenty reluctant to bite. Still coming up with a decent amount of fish for a meal.

I do have availability yet this July. Give me a call and book a trip on this beautiful body of water

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

TC

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7/5/18 @ 5:11 PM
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Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

MOON PHASE (56%)
Waning Gibbous

Got out today guiding Rick and his family on the Famous Chippewa Flowage for some crappies. Despite high winds we managed a nice little meal. Cribs and sunken brush piles down deep seemed produce the most.

Everything came on plastics and tiny jigs under slip bobbers and casting jigs.

One has to pay attention to the electronics to find these fish. Look for the spots that have the bait fish and a school around them. Plenty of cribs held nothing while one or two held all of the fish.

Give me a call to book a trip on this beautiful body of water!

Good luck, be safe and enjoy the 4th of July week! God Bless America!!

TC

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7/4/18 @ 1:41 PM
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Rich Simak
Rich Simak
USER since 6/3/11

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

There is a great deal of activity out over deep open water on the clear water lakes. The pictured musky was caught in 12 fow on a weedy point. Smallmouth are mostly on rock or rock weed combinations. There are some walleye using cribs.

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7/3/18 @ 2:14 PM
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USER since 6/3/08

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Waning Gibbous

Excerpts from the July 2, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

The forecast for most of this week includes warm (to warmer) temperatures and clear skies – except for chances of showers Wednesday, July 4... Well, of course. That is only one day out of the week, however, and “sometimes” the forecasts are wrong. It is summer – get out and enjoy all the North Woods has to offer!

“Fishing is generally consistent,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with bug hatches, fish hatches, and weather changes the major variables... Musky anglers report seeing fish and many follows, but few hook-ups. Use small to mid-size bucktails and plastics with slow retrieves... Walleye action is hit and miss, with anglers using jigs and minnows, leeches, and crawlers on spinner rigs. The best time is very early morning and late afternoon into dark when fish come shallow to feed. During the day, fish deeper weeds, humps, and rocks... Largemouth bass and northern pike are in shallow to mid-depths. Try spinnerbaits, plastic worms, jigging wacky style baits, and casting topwaters over weeds and lily pads. Smallmouth are on rocky points and gravel areas feeding on crayfish. Crayfish color plastics and crankbaits will take some fish... Larger panfish are in weeds in 7-12 feet. Smaller fish in the shallows are fun for younger anglers. Crappie minnows under slip bobbers work best bait, but try small tube jigs vertically jigged or under slip bobbers.”  

Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says fishing is solid with decent, stable weather... Musky action is improving, with most action on bucktails and topwaters, but try jerkbaits as well. Focus on shallow weed edges and bars. The trolling bite should start as the water warms... Walleye action is good, with better action on the deep, clear lakes. Leeches on slip bobbers or weedless jigs in deeper weeds are getting some bites, as is trolling crawler harnesses and crankbaits...  Bass probably provide the best bite. Largemouth are in and near weeds and hard cover, with wacky worms and topwaters your best choices. Smallmouth action is getting better for anglers fishing rocky flats and bars with drop-shot rigs and topwaters... There is a good panfish bite as fish school along weed edges and bogs. Use leaf worms, waxies, and small plastics.”  

Jim at Minnow Jim’s says Nelson Lake walleye anglers are catching fish with leeches and minnows on jigs or under slip bobbers... Fish near sand bars, drop-offs, and rocky shorelines, or troll the river channel with stickbaits... For largemouth and northern pike, cast in or near weed beds and lily pads with wacky type set-ups, leggy plastics, floating frogs, and spinnerbaits. Float sucker minnows while casting for northerns... Crappies are in and around stumps, cribs, and bogs. Use Beetle Spins or tip dressed jigs with live bait or Gulp! Alive. For bluegills, use waxies and dressed jigs tipped with worms or crawler chunks.”  

Mike at Jenk’s says musky fishing is good on the Chippewa Flowage... Anglers report seeing more high 20s and low 30s fish than in previous years. During early morning and evening hours, cast bucktails, spinnerbaits, and topwaters into shallower areas. Troll deep cover during midday hours...  Walleyes are in deeper brush during the day; at night, fish weed edges and breaklines in 6-12 feet. Leeches are the bait of choice and Northland Weed-Weasel jigs are popular...  Northern pike action is solid, mostly for smaller fish. For larger pike, the west end is your best bet...  Smallmouth bass are active on shallow stumps and rocks on the east side, hitting wacky worms, imitation craws, and spinnerbaits. As surface temperatures increase, try crawlers on cribs...  Crappies are quiet, but anglers are catching some fish, though not in large numbers. Most are using crappie minnows, Crappie Scrubs, Gulp!, and Mini-Mites. During the day, work deep weeds and brush. Start bog fishing about 8 p.m. and try various depths under the bog.”  

FISHING REPORT

Musky:   Muskies remain somewhat passive – at least a good portion of them – but the bite is improving. Concentrate your efforts on shallower weeds, weed edges, bars, and points, or troll over deep cover. Baits producing the most fish interest include bucktails, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, gliders, plastics, topwaters, and trolled stickbaits.  

Walleye:  Walleye fishing is fair to very good, with the best success on large, clear lakes. The best fishing times are very early morning and late afternoon/evening hours into dark, primarily in 12 feet and shallower. During the day, concentrate on deep weeds, weed edges, rocks, humps, brush, bars, breaklines, and river channels, and troll over deeper cover. Leeches on jigs and under slip bobbers, crawlers on spinner harnesses, jigs and minnows, and stickbaits will all catch walleyes.  

Northern Pike:  Northern pike action is strong around shallow to mid-depth weeds, weed beds, lily pads, and wherever there are concentrations of panfish. Most baits are working, with the top producers spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, topwaters, minnows, and northern suckers. Work bigger baits in deeper water for trophy pike.  

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth bass are very active and can be a trip saver. Look for largemouth around shallow to mid-depth weeds, wood, rock, and lily pads. Best baits include plastic worms in various riggings, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, weedless swim baits, and topwaters.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth bass action is good and getting better. Target rocky flats, points, bars, and gravel, as well as cribs and stumps. The most productive baits include plastics – particularly worms, wacky worms, crankbaits, and crayfish in crayfish colors – crawlers, spinnerbaits, drop-shot rigs, and topwaters.  

Crappie:  Crappie fishing is fair to good. Look for fish from 8 feet and out on weeds, weed edges, brush, bogs, stumps, and cribs. Top baits include crappie minnows, waxies, Mini-Mites, Gulp! baits, tubes, and plastics on jigs and/or under slip bobbers, and Beetle Spins.  

Bluegill:  Bluegill fishing is good to very good in weeds and around bogs out to 14 feet for larger fish and in the shallows for plentiful numbers of small ‘gills. Waxies, worms/crawler pieces, leaf worms, leeches, small minnows, tubes, and plastics work well on jigs, teardrops, and plain/dressed hooks fished with or without bobbers.  


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6/28/18 @ 8:40 PM
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Big Chip Guide Service
Tim Czub
USER since 9/8/03

MOON PHASE (100%)
Waning Gibbous

Fishing the Big Chip has been a mixed bag of everything! Smallmouth bass, Largemouth bass, bluegills crappies and walleyes. This Lake never disappoints!

With July approaching fast, I do have availability, so give me a call and get in the books to get out on this beautiful body of water!

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

TC

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6/26/18 @ 8:44 AM
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Waxing Gibbous

Excerpts from the June 26, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:

Musky Fest weekend participants enjoyed nearly perfect weather, without a hint of rain or thunderstorms, which was quite a change from the previous weekend. This week, look for a mix of weather from wet to hot by the weekend, but with pleasant days intermixed. 

FISHING REPORT

Musky:  Musky action is fair to good and getting better. Look for fish in and around shallower weed beds or holding over deeper structure and cover. Bucktails, gliders, paddle-tails, swim baits, crankbaits, and topwaters are all producing fish, as is trolling crankbaits and stickbaits.  

Walleye: Walleye fishing is good, particularly in shallower water in early morning and late evening into dark. Depths vary from shallow to deep and from lake to lake. Holding areas include shallow flats, weeds, weed edges, drop-offs, rocky shorelines, points, bars, and river channels. The most productive baits and presentations include cast, trolled, and drifted crawlers and leeches on spinner rigs/harnesses, Lindy Rigs, and under slip bobbers; jigs and fatheads/minnows; Beetle Spins, stickbaits, and plastics.  

Northern Pike: Northern pike action is very good to excellent around weeds, lily pads, and spawning panfish. Baits of choice include minnows/sucker minnows, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, plastics, and topwaters.  

Largemouth Bass: Largemouth bass fishing is good to excellent in and around weeds, lily pads, brush, and other structure in shallow to mid-depths. During the day, work spinnerbaits, plastics, Texas rigged worms, and drop-shot rigs. In the very early morning and late afternoon/evening hours, use topwaters.  

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth bass fishing is good to very good around assorted cover such as lily pads and wood, both shallow and deep. The most productive baits include spinnerbaits, crankbaits, plastics (wacky worms, Ned rigs, etc.), and topwaters.  

Crappie: Crappie fishing is fair to very good on weeds, wood, bogs, points, and transition areas from shallow to deeper water. Best baits include crappie minnows, worms, waxies, leeches, Mini-Mites, plastics, and Gulp! baits. Tip them on small jigs and plain hooks, with or without slip bobbers set at various depths until you find the fish.  

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is good to excellent, with some still spawning. Look for fish from very shallow to mid-depths with weeds, brush, and other structure. Use waxies, worms, plastics, and Gulp! baits on jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks, with or without slip bobbers.  


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