Fishing Report:

We are now entering, what many anglers refer to, as the dog days of summer.  Some waters are already  started to show some signs of turnover.  It certainly can be a tough time of year to find success.  However, good fishing can still be had. 

This is the time of year where you want to constantly change tactics or locations until you find success.  Many anglers describe some lakes as pea green and those are not the ideal waters you want to fish.  The green pea colored water is caused by warm temperatures that spur algae blooms. 

Local water temperatures had some fluctuation this last  couple of weeks with all the different fronts passing thought.   Anglers reported  when water temperatures were higher fishing was good, then we had a string of cool night and the water temperature fell into the mid to upper 70’s and the fishing dropped also.  Those days you have to adjust and try different tactics. 

Area waters continue to have a decent trolling  bite going on for walleye, an occasional northern pike or largemouth bass.  Work the deep, weedy areas of 10-20 feet of water is the best. Time of day can play an important role as well. 

As I have mentioned before, first light and last light or even after dark are the most productive times.  Mid lake humps, deep water weeds and rocky areas are holding fish.  Crawlers under slip bobbers has been a good tactic, as well as drift-jigging live bait.   It is important to work the bottom more than suspended areas of the water column. 

Panfish are still being caught in and around pencil reeds, cabbage, deeper weed edges or dock structures.  Crappie minnow, leaf worms and crawler pieces under a bobber all have produced fish.  Small plastics like Gulp 1”minnows, Cubbies, Tattle Tails or small grub tails on a small jig head will work also. 

Musky anglers are starting to frequent the lakes as well.  Kind of cliche to say, but truthfully the number one tip for musky right now is just put in the time as it has been slow.

 

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.

 

Northern PikeNORTHERN PIKE

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.

 

WalleyeWALLEYE

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.