Any updates on water temps, especially for the big clear lakes? Thanks.
Hayward Area Lakes, Sawyer County
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56° - 60° F
66° - 70° F
Fall fishing is heating up on the Chippewa Flowage!
Had a great group of guys out there today with a tag-along boat and the crappies didn't disappoint! Boating quite a few and kept 10 each for four guys despite the crappy weather.
I do still have a few days of availability in September.
Things are setting up sweet for the month of October! Musky, Walleye, Crappie!!
Give me a call if you want to get on this beautiful lake and experience all that it be holds!!
MOON PHASE (66%)
Excerpts from the September 17, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:
The forecast indicates a cooler (lows in the 40s; highs in the 60s), wet week, but current radar does not appear to support the wet. Regardless, the prediction is for sunshine and blue skies for Saturday, Sept. 22, and the 34th Annual Hayward Fall Festival. Come partake in the food, entertainment, arts and crafts, vendor booths, contests, and more!
“Fall changes are definitely taking place,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “as are changes in fishing techniques.,, Musky anglers report seeing fish and follows, but few hookups, with most catches on live bait. Try floating a sucker on a quick-strike rig while casting and be sure to figure eight at the boat... Walleyes are on mid-lake humps and rice beds, with early and late best, and speed trolling crankbaits at 2.5-3 mph over 20- 30-foot depths producing fish... Northern pike are in shallow weeds, hitting spinnerbaits and nearly anything else... Largemouth bass anglers are catching fish near shallower weeds and under docks with wacky worms and topwaters such as frogs and Jitterbugs... The crappie bite is good as panfish start to move off their summer weed areas. Work deeper structure such as humps, rocks, downed wood, and cribs with crappie minnows and plastics on jigs and/or under slip bobbers.”
At Hayward Bait, Trent and Steve say anglers should watch for fall patterns with the cooling water... “Musky action is slow, but anglers are catching some fish, primarily on suckers, Suicks, bucktails, and topwaters... Walleye fishing is best in late afternoon and evening, with anglers fishing fatheads and crawlers on jigs, slip bobbers, and bottom bouncers on Round, Lac Courte Oreilles, and Grindstone... Northern pike are active on many lakes, taking Rapalas, spoons, and stickbaits... Largemouth bass are hitting swim baits hard around lily pads and talk swamp grass in 3-5 feet. Smallmouth bass action is good on Rapalas on the Chippewa Flowage... Crappie anglers are using electronics to find fish in 7-9 feet and then catching them on crappie minnows and worms on jigs and under bobbers. Bluegills are still hitting surface poppers and it does not take long to catch a nice meal.”
Mike at Jenk’s says the Chippewa Flowage is at full pool, with water temperatures in the low to mid 70s... “Musky fishing slowed last week with the higher water and water temperatures. There is some sucker action, but casting is slow. If you see rising surface temperatures, deeper trolling might be an effective tactic... Most midday walleye fishing success is on trolled Flicker Shads (1.8-2.1 mph) and Shad Raps (3.5 mph and more). During evening hours, work crawlers and minnows on weedlines and drop-offs... Northern pike are in weed beds and active on spinners and spoons... Smallmouth bass are hitting crawlers in the cribs and plastic craws and frogs on stumpy shorelines, rocks, and lilies... Crappie anglers have to be aggressive, catching 2-3 and moving to the next spot. Try crappie minnows and plastics on cribs, brush piles, sand saddles, and deeper bars with weeds.”
Musky: Musky action is fair, as fish are apparently not getting with the annual fall feeding program and only looking at, but not buying, angler offerings. Suckers on quick-strike rigs are starting to work, but otherwise anglers are casting bucktails, jerkbaits, and topwaters, as well as trolling large, deeper diving stickbaits. The slow summer to early fall bite could very well be an omen for an excellent later fall season. You will not know unless you get out and give it a shot!
Walleye: Walleye fishing is fair to good, with low light hours offering the best chances for success. Fish are holding in mid-depth to 30 feet around weeds, weedlines, humps, bars, flats, and drop-offs. The most productive baits and presentations include crawlers, leeches (if you can find them), and fatheads/minnows on jigs, bottom bouncers, slip bobbers, and split shot rigs, as well as trolling deeper water with crankbaits/stickbaits such as Flicker Shads and Shad Raps.
Northern Pike: Northern pike continue to provide perhaps the most consistent fishing action in shallow to mid-depth weeds and weed edges. Bucktails, Rapalas, stickbaits, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, and northern suckers are all effective at this time.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth bass action is good around shallow to mid-depth weeds, wood, lily pads, brush, bogs, cribs, and docks. Plastics in various configurations, swim baits, crankbaits, spinners, topwaters, and live bait can all catch (no pun intended) the interest of largemouth.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing is good to very good around weeds, wood, gravel, rock, and cribs in various depths. Productive baits include assorted plastics in a variety of riggings, small crankbaits/stickbaits, topwaters, crawlers, and minnows.
Crappie: Crappie action is good once you locate and follow them. Look for fish on deeper weeds, wood, brush, bars, bogs, cribs, humps, and rocks. Crappie minnows, waxies, worms, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs and plain hooks, fished with and without bobbers, are all catching fish, as are small spinners.
Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is fair to good on mid-depth to deeper weeds, wood, humps, rocks, brush, bogs, and cribs. Best baits include waxies, worms, crawler pieces, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks, with or without bobbers, and on small surface poppers.
MOON PHASE (38%)
Crappies and Walleyes are starting to get into their fall spots on the Big Chip!
Working deep using Plastics seem to do the best. Ended up with a nice meal of fish for a great group of guys!
I do still have availability yet to September. Give me a call if you want to get out of this beautiful body of water!
Good luck, be safe and we'll see you on the lake!
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Excerpts from the September 10, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:
The forecast for this week, with the exception of possible rain early and late in the week, is about as good as it gets in mid September! Get out and enjoy these days – the Farmer’s Almanac predicts a long, cold, and snowy winter!
“Less daylight and cool temperatures are lowering water temperatures,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and in the coming weeks anglers will have to change fishing tactics... "Muskies are somewhat quiet, though some anglers are catching fish with live bait on quick-strike rigs. Most anglers report follows, but no hookups... Walleyes are in 16-28 feet off mid-lake humps. If action is slow, try crawler pieces on trailer hooks or scented minnows. Also, troll flats with #5 crankbaits... Catch northern pike on weed edges with spinnerbaits and Mepps, adding a Twister Tail on the hook... Largemouth bass action is good on plastics and topwaters around vegetation, lily pads, and docks. Smallmouth are active along shorelines near gravel, with soft tubes in bright colors such as pink very good... Crappie, bluegill, and panfish are in deeper vegetation off sharp breaks in 12-20 feet. Crappie minnows, waxies, and worms will all catch fish, and smaller fish in the shallows provide entertainment for kids not in school.”
Erik at Hayward Bait says water temperatures are cooling down and fishing is heating up in the North Woods... “Musky anglers should target muskies in shallow weeds, 4-6 feet, with bucktails, gliders, and topwaters... Walleye fishing is picking up for anglers fishing jigs and minnows, Jigging Raps, and pulling crawler harnesses, and crankbaits... Both largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing is very good. Use minnows on jigs and under slip bobbers, or try various plastics rigged for the conditions... Panfish fishing is strong for anglers fishing with/without slip bobbers and using the live bait of choice for the species they are chasing.”
Mike at Jenk’s says the Chippewa Flowage is at full pool, with the water temperatures approximately 70 degrees... “Musky anglers should work big blade baits, jerkbaits, and topwaters in and over the top of shallow cover... The walleye bite is okay, with crawlers and minnows the baits of choice. In early morning and twilight, fish weed cover in 6-12 feet. During the day, work deeper bottom cover and in sand saddles, or troll Flicker Shads and other crankbaits... Northern pike are active, but small. Spoons and spinnerbaits, especially tinsel tails, are the best choices, though suckers are effective in weed beds on the west side... For largemouth bass, work plastic worms, frogs, craws, and crawlers in thick weeds and lilies in the back bays of Crane Lake. Smallmouth are active on the east side on the same baits fished around stumpy/rocky shorelines and cribs... Fish crappies around brush piles and cribs in about 26 feet with crappie minnows, Crappie Scrubs, and Gulp! baits.”
Musky: Musky fishing is fair, but improving with the temperature change. Anglers will find fish in shallower depths around weeds and on humps, points, and in bays. Mid-size to large bucktails, gliders, jerkbaits, and topwaters are all catching fish, and anglers fishing suckers are finding some success.
Walleye: Walleye action is fair to good, but inconsistent. Depending on the time of day, look for fish around weeds, weedlines, humps, flats, breaklines, and drop-offs in 4-30 feet of water (shallower depths in low light conditions). Successful baits and presentations include jigs and minnows, crawlers on jigs, harnesses, split shot rigs, and under slip bobbers, trolling crankbaits, and Jigging Raps.
Northern Pike: Northern pike remain active in and around shallow to mid-depth weed beds and on the edges. Spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, bucktails, and northern suckers under bobbers all catch fish. For trophy pike, go deeper with bigger baits.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth fishing is good around shallower structure such as weeds, lily pads, slop, brush, and docks. Good baits to try at this time include plastics in various riggings and configurations; crawlers and minnows on jigs, plain hooks, and/or under slip bobbers; and topwaters.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing is good to very good around cribs, rock, gravel, and stumps in various depths. The most productive offerings include a wide variety of plastics in assorted riggings (tubes, craws, worms, and frogs), minnows, and crawlers fished on jigs, split shot rigs, drop-shot rigs, and under slip bobbers.
Crappie: Crappie action is good to very good on most waters. Look for fish near weeds, brush, bogs, and cribs in 10-28 feet. Best baits include crappie minnows, Mini-Mites, Tattle-Tails, Crappie Scrubs, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs and plain hooks fished with or without slip bobbers.
Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is fair to good, with fish near weeds and on breaklines in mid-depth to deeper water. Waxies, worms, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs, teardrops, and plain hooks, with or without bobbers, all work well. Try small minnows deeper for bigger ‘gills.
MOON PHASE (1%)
The Chippewa Flowage is starting to turn on for fall crappies!
Fish are starting to stage in their soon-to-be fall spots. Water temperatures around 70 degrees now. Lake is hovering at full pool.
I do have a few spots open this week if somebody would like to get out on this beautiful body of water enjoy some early fall fishing!
Good luck, be safe and we'll see on the lake!
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Guided a great couple the last couple of days for walleyes and crappies on the Chippewa Flowage. After the rain had left us and dry weather in the future, fishing is starting to pick up.
Crappies are hanging around 18 to 24 foot of water and Cribs as well. A lot of random fish being caught just floating around.
Walleyes we're catching are still hanging out over the hump. Nightcrawlers and Minnows seem to be the preference. As the water cools we'll be switching more to minnows.
Current water temperatures are about 71 degrees at the surface. Lake levels are above full pool about a couple of inches.
The current draw down going into the end of September was supposed to be about 2.5 ft deep. Obviously, with all this rain its back up. I suspect that we'll be having a decent lake level till the end of September. Especially, if we get more rain.
I do have a few more openings Monday Wednesday and Thursday of next week if anybody's interested in getting to my boat and experiences beautiful body of water!
Good luck, be safe and we'll see on the lake!
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71° - 75° F
66° - 70° F
Was up over the holiday weekend. Water temps were 69 in the morning and up to 71-72* by late afternoon at the warmest.
I targeted Muskie only on this trip and got 2 1/2 solid days in. Fish were fairly active with some cloud cover and/or a little rain. When the sun came out we didn’t see anymore fish during those times.
Biggest fish of trip was a low 40’s ski in the middle of the day in first 10 casts of the trip. Which of course we weren’t ready for and still had the net in storage from traveling. As the fish wallowed by the boat and finally ready to net, it shook the spinner loose. Always seems to be when you’re not ready is when the fun happens.
Overall saw 10 fish. Hooked 4 and netted 2. Bad pics but here’s the money shots. Lol. Good luck. And all the biters were on blades and the outside weed edge.
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Been guiding the last few days all over the Chippewa Flowage. With these last few front blowing through and a lot of measurable rain, fishing has been OK.
Catching plenty of crappies around cribs and early fall spots. Walleyes are still in there deep structure spots and using crawlers and now switching over to minnows.
Muskies are returning to their shallowater haunts. Finding weed flats and throwing bucktails, swim baits during the day along with surface bait should produce results.
Northern's and bass are still in the shallows throwing the typical spinnerbaits for them.
The water levels are over full pool about 3 in. Water temperatures are still hovering about 72 degrees.
Cool nights ahead should drop the water temperature a little bit more, but with that expect stable fishing.
Early Fall fishing is upon us! I am busy this week but I do have openings the following week if somebody would like to find themselves on this beautiful body of water!
One word of caution, with the high water, plenty of debris is floating out there on the lake. Always keep your eyes peeled while you're navigating around.
Good luck, be safe and we'll see on the lake!
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Excerpts from the September 3, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report by Steve Suman:
The forecast through Tuesday is for “wet,” but then mostly clear and sunny days into the weekend! Mild fall weather includes lows in the mid to upper 40s and highs in the low 70s and that is great for all outdoor recreation. Get out and take advantage of these days while you can!
“Depending on the species you target, fishing remains fair,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but it should get better through September... “Musky angling is heating up and will get better as we move into fall live bait season, but for now, medium bucktails and topwaters are still the baits to use... Walleyes are on deeper mid-lake flats and humps, with most catches on small crankbaits or crawlers on spinners, with early and late the best times... Cast lures toward shorelines to hook some northern pike... Largemouth bass are in vegetation and around structure, with spinnerbaits, plastics, and topwaters all taking fish. Smallmouth fishing is good this time of year and casting crankbaits over rock and gravel areas will produce some fish... Crappies are around deeper shoreline cover near deep drop-offs. Panfish are on deeper weeds and taking live bait, but casting small plastics and small spinnerbaits is a fun way to target these fish.”
Guide Steve Genson at Hayward Bait says fishing is getting better... "Musky action is picking up and fish are getting aggressive on the figure-8s, with bucktails and topwaters producing on shallow bars and flats... Walleye reports are solid, with the best catches on bottom bouncers and crawlers, as well as on trolled crankbaits, in 15-30 feet... Bass action is still decent, with largemouth mostly hitting jigs/plastics and wacky worms. Smallmouth fishing is best on tube jigs and Ned rigs along rock and gravel flats... Crappie action improved with the cooling temperatures. Use minnows and plastics, focusing on deep cribs and weed edges. Bluegills are schooling along the weeds and taking leaf worms and waxies.”
Mike at Jenk’s says the Chippewa Flowage is down about 8 inches and the water temperature 68-71 degrees... “Bigger muskies are moving shallower with the lower temperatures. The bite is on crankbaits and surface baits, with a few fish on suckers... The walleye bite is decent on crawlers, leeches, and minnows, and trolling slick chartreuse and firetiger Flicker Shads and Flicker Minnows. When fishing in evening and early morning, work solid weed cover using weedless jigs and Beetle Spins... Northern pike action is good for smaller fish. Use spoons and tinsel tails in bays and weeds on the west end... Largemouth bass fishing is good around lilies and weeds in Crane Lake bays. Smallmouth action is solid on black/blue fleck and watermelon wacky worms and Chigger Craws fished around stumps, cribs, and shoreline cover on the east/southeast ends... Crappie action improved, with crappie minnows, Crappie Scrubs, Mini-Mites, and Gulp! baits producing on deeper cribs and brush piles.”
Musky: Musky fishing is fair to good as fish are more active with the cooling temperatures. Best locations include shallower weed beds, bars, flats, and along the edges of those areas. Baits producing the most interest include bucktails, crankbaits, jerkbaits, stickbaits, and topwaters, with some anglers now catching fish on suckers.
Walleye: Walleye action is fair to good, with shallower areas during low light hours and after dark offering the best chances for success. During the day, look for fish in weeds and on humps and flats in depths out to 30 feet. Live bait such as crawlers, leeches (when available), and minnows on jigs, bottom bouncers, Lindy Rigs, spinners, and split-shot rigs; trolled Flicker Shads and Flicker Minnows, other crank baits and stickbaits; and Beetle Spins all catching walleyes.
Northern Pike: Northern pike fishing is good to very good on shallow to mid-depth weeds in bays and along shorelines. Spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, minnows, and northern suckers are all pike enticers. As always, work deeper water with bigger baits for trophy pike.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth bass action is good to very good in and around weeds, lily pads, slop, brush, and other structure. Swim jigs, wacky worms, plastics, spinnerbaits, and topwaters are all effective at this time.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth bass anglers report good success on and along rocks, gravel and other hard bottom areas, as well as stumps and cribs. Tubes, wacky worms, frogs, and other plastics, jerkbaits, stickbaits, spinners, drop-shot rigs, Ned rigs, and crawlers all work.
Crappie: Crappie action is good and getting better. Fish are in, on, and around deeper weeds and weed edges, cribs, bogs, brush, and drop-offs. Crappie minnows, Mini-Mites, plastics, and Gulp! baits on small jigs and plain hooks, with or without slip bobbers, are the presentations of choice.
Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is good on most waters. Look for schools of them in/along deeper weeds and weedlines. Best baits include waxies, worms, leaf worms, crawler pieces, small plastics, and Gulp! baits.