Fishing Report:

It looks like the end of this week might be our last chance of warmer fall weather for a while.  And then back to more rain and even snow.  The start of October has no doubt been a frustrating one for anglers with roller coaster weather patterns.  Fish continues to be in a bit of a mood, as they have not had consistent weather to get comfortable with.  Thank goodness we still have some time left to hopefully get these fish into a better routine. 

Many anglers have already conceded fishing and are concentrated on fall hunting and/or casually preparing for ice season.  Retailers in the area are well on their way to stocking ice fishing the supplies.  I would say the good news for those who are still holding out hope for great fall fishing is that bait shops should have plenty of minnows.  The waters in the area should not be very busy at all.  Further meaning fish will hardly be pressured from now, until ice season. 

Area lakes are well into fall transitional periods and anglers will notice falling water temperatures and lots of leaves on the surface.  Casting shorelines with double jointed stick baits or spinnerbaits will turn some northern pike and bass.  Walleyes can be found in typical contour breaks roaming and chasing bait fish.  Same goes for crappies.  Matter of fact, this time of year, one can find success fishing a crappie hole and getting bonus walleyes. 

For the live bait set-ups a fathead minnow or a walleye sucker will do the trick.  While casting or jigging float a musky sucker over the side of the boat or under a float. This is the time of the year for big active predators like musky and trophy size walleye or northern are most active.  Just a note on musky suckers, there is big shortage of suckers in the area.  So if you intend to use them then check on places close to you or stores on the way up north and transport, make sure they have aeration or you might just be bringing dead ones by the time you arrive.  The other alternative is to catch a crappie, walleye or a northern pike and use them as bait, remember that whatever you use for bait it counts against the daily limit for that species.


Let’ Go Fishing

Let Fishing Reel You In!  You arrived in Hayward area ready to start your vacation. You made a trip to the local bait store and stocked up on the best baits and lures to reel in that catch of a lifetime. You head to the lake, cast your line and felt that first tug of a bite. What did you reel in?  The “Quiet Lakes” just might offer the best multi-species, freshwater fishing in Sawyer County!  With an amazing variety of fish in a diversity of lakes, the “Quiet Lakes” is a top-rated fishing destination for anglers of any experience level. Whether you want to spend a quiet day by yourself on the water, rent a pontoon and take the entire family, or hire a guide to help you land the best catch, you will find it all in here.


Musky (Muskellunge)MUSKY

The king of freshwater fish. They are the top predator and least populated fish in our lakes. Catch and release is the common practice these days. It’s known as the fish of 10,000 casts, but hiring a guide will cut those odds.



Wisconsin’s second largest predator fish, second only to their relative the Musky. Pike are typically very aggressive and will feed anytime the opportunity allows. They prefer weed flats and other ambush points.



The walleye is the largest member of the perch family and is often targeted for its table fare. Walleyes can be tough to find, but when they are located, they typically cooperate and bite. Bait secret: minnows, nightcrawlers and leeches, and back to minnows as the season starts and finishes.


Yellow PerchPERCH

A small fish that most anglers seek more for the taste than the tug. Adults average 7 to 10 inches which make it a good fish for all ages to catch. Perch have a tendency to congregate in large schools making it a one-stop spot to catch your dinner.


Largemouth BassBASS

Large and smallmouth bass are brothers, but like family they do take separate paths.  Our lakes offer untapped largemouth fishing, and some area lakes that offers trophy fishing for smallmouth. NOTE: the season for smallmouth does not open to harvest until the 3rd Saturday of June. Regulations for harvest of largemouth on our lakes are any size may be kept with a limit of five.


Panfish: BluegillPANFISH

These fish are probably one of the most popular sport and eating fish in Wisconsin. Crappies, bluegills, and sunfish are our most common “panfish”. Probably the most targeted fish in the spring, and often over harvested. Remember to take only enough for a meal and leave some for another day. Limit on panfish is 25, but only 10 of any one species.