Fishing Report:

Just like that we are climbing into ice season.  What an incredible week it has been, weather-wise and fishing-wise.  Fishing success is certainly still going strong, but most folks have moved on to other fall activities and preparations for the winter months. 

Some of the biggest challenges in providing these weekly fishing reports are the seasonal transitions.  It was not that long ago we were sharing the summer-to-fall transition.  Now we are about to dive into fall-to-winter.

Anglers are already starting to see ice form on shallow back water bays, but they are not giving up that easily.  Depending on the way the wind is blowing you might run into some skim ice at the landings.  Great fishing will continue to be achievable for the die-hard anglers that can head out.

 Despite the cold, snowy and windy weather, I assure you anglers are still taking to the water as much as possible.  To put in the time on the water now is doing yourself a favor, especially for trophy caliber fish.  Every year we witness big bites, so hang in there, we are not ice fishing yet.

Area lakes have seen little to no traffic recently.  Most fish taken are still coming from mid-lake structure and old vegetation.   Some big crappies continue to be an easy target.  Best bet has been soft plastics tipped on a 1/16 oz jig.  Make sure to pay attention to your electronics to mark the roaming schools.  This time of year, it is fun to bring along the ice fishing equipment. Winds have not been ideal, but nothing better than catching fish from the boat using a Vexilar and short ice rod.

 Walleyes continue to roam wind-blown shorelines as well as mid-lake structure.  Same goes for some nice-sized smallmouth and northern pike.  Make no mistake, this is a great time of year for a multi-species bite.

 One of the most targeted fish this fall of course is the musky.  Several mid forty fish have been boated and reports of a lot of follows.  Most of the action has come using live bait, a musky sucker on quick strike rigs has been producing the most, but top water baits has also produced, especially early morning and later afternoons.  Swimbaits and bucktails baits are still being used, but not a lot of success.

 I want to mention again the importance of making sure you wear your life jackets.  This time of year the water is very cold and hypothermia can grab hold of a person fast. So please be safe out there.

 

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.