Fishing Report:

Fishing in the Hayward area has been up and down this week.  We are still in the early stages of fall turnover and this and the unseasonable temperatures of late has made for some inconsistent fishing, depending on where you are..

After a few days of warm and sunny days we are seeing water temperatures climb back into the low 60’s and on some shallower lakes into upper 70’s.   This will not last, as the weekend approaches temperature will fall back into average for this time of year.   As far as the scenery in the area goes, we are certainly well on our way to some great fall colors on the tree.  Other wildlife, like deer, are starting to progress into fall patterns as well.  We can all look forward to more autumn progression in coming weeks.  Shorter daylight hours and cooler nights continue will make for some good fishing. 

The musky fishing is picking up as we are seeing more anglers targeting the big predators.  Northern pike and musky angling will continue to pick up as we move further into fall.  If you do not get fish to go on big hard  bodied lures or other big bodied lures, try and downsizing to some smaller baits.  Many anglers have turned to floating a musky sucker while casting.  Retrieve your line near the sucker for any following fish.  Just another word about musky suckers, if you intend to use suckers call ahead for availability prior to coming up. 

Most area lakes have been the best for consistent action.  Most fish are staying deeper in cooler waters adjacent to vegetation.  Bluegill action has been good on small worms under slip floats.  Panfish are schooling up now in depths of 10-13 feet and moving around the lake.  Electronics would help to find these fish.  Crappie minnows or small plastics under a bobber for these fish. 

Walleyes are continuing to be caught in deeper waters trolling deep diving cranks over reefs or underwater vegetation.  However do not be afraid to look to shallower waters, especially in the evening and on windblown points.  Northern pike and bass continue to roam the weed edges. Casting spinnerbaits or double jointed cranks have been the best way to target these fish. 

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.