Fishing Report:

Area lakes are still  producing productive days on the water.  It can be puzzling when heading out and deciding what to target.  Water temperatures are hovering in the mid to lower 60’s, which have not effected movement of fish to deeper summer haunts.  

Walleye anglers are continuing to find success using live bait under slip bobbers or slow trolling smaller spinner harnesses.  Angler are fishing in 8 to 12 feet of water and finding fish in the transitions between weeds and drop offs.  The late evening hours into dark have been a most productive times. 

Largemouth bass and northern pike continue to roam the shallows and on weed line transitions.  Spinnerbaits, swimbaits and live bait has taken both species.  Some anglers are using the wacky rigged artificial worms and finding some success.  Bass are still on, or around the spawning beds.  Smallmouth bass have been taken in the areas of rock and gravel.  Crankbaits and artificial creatures have produced.

Musky anglers are now sharing the water as well.  Most can be seen throwing a variety of lures.  All anglers are reporting they are getting follows, but hook ups are few.  Mostly smaller fish have been caught.

 Most anglers are finding great panfish bites in and around the obvious spawning grounds.  Post spawn crappie are still relatively shallow water in 4 to 6 feet of water. Crappie minnow under a bobber is still the best tactic, although fish can be taken on artificial baits also.   Bluegill have begun their spawn and can be found in the shallow weedy and sandy areas.  Remember the importance of these fish when deciding to keep a few for the dinner table.


Fishing Report:

Plenty of great fishing opportunities are continuing in the area.  Anglers continue to find success utilizing many different tactics.  Water temperatures are now slowly raising above the 60-degree mark.  Last week we really noticed how green foliage has become along shorelines.  We are now looking forward emerging water vegetation.

A jacket for morning might still be a good idea, we had started to see some movement to summer weather last week with temperatures in the lower 70’s and even a couple 80+ degree days.  But, this week we have reverted back to early spring type weather with daytime temperatures in the 60’s and 40’s at night.  These fluctuations have kept anglers and fish confused.  What patterns were working last week now has changed.   

Area lakes are still producing some fun springtime panfish outings. Targeting shallow vegetation is turning some nice sized pre-spawn bluegills.  If you are looking for crappies, the simple crappie minnow under a bobber is still the go to tactic.  Small plastic and tube jigs had produced also.  With the spawn cycle ending they will begin to move deeper in the water column.   Electronics will help you locate these fish faster. 

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Walleyes continue to be found in typical spawning areas, but are now starting to see some fish in the deeper waters.  Drifting or jigging live bait has been a good tactic.  Best time for walleye continues to be late afternoon into the dark hours.  Fish the rock/gravel areas and on the edges of the deeper holes.  Some anglers have started using crawlers and leeches and have had moderate success.  In the rocky areas you may also find some smallmouth bass also.  

Northern pike and largemouth bass continue to be active and can be located in the shallows chasing shallow running panfish.  Northern can be taken with spinnerbaits, swim baits or live bait.  Largemouth can be taken using smaller crankbaits, live bait and artificial worms rigged wacky style. 

Musky action is showing some improvement.  Anglers are seeing following big fish, but hookups are rare.  Most of the musky caught have been upper to mid 30’s and mostly by walleye anglers.   As the temperature rises and the water warms they should become more aggressive.   Anglers are utilizing a variety  of baits, but smaller baits and a slower retrieve is still the best tactic.     

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.