Fishing Report:

Last week anglers found plenty of fish using a variety of presentations.  I have mentioned  before, the dog days of summer are a myth when it comes to fishing.  Anglers are still able to have very successful days on the water. Early mornings and later evenings continue to be the best times of day to fish, when the water settles from the day’s activity from other boat traffic.  That is when the fish start to feed.  This can especially hold true for bass, walleye and musky who often will move into shallower waters.  Fishing into the twilight hours can be very successful this time of year. 

Area lake has given up some good this week.  Best depths for walleyes and crappies are anywhere from 8-20 feet of water, even deeper on some other lakes.  Trolling has put some fish in the boat, but it has been best casting with soft plastics or live bait.  Anglers should still target the weeds, weed edges and other structures in the lake.  Bass and northern pike have been prowling areas near vegetation and windblown shorelines and points.  Casting jigs and plastics from deeper water toward shallow water has been good.  Do not be in a hurry to retrieve your bait when it gets near the boat as a lot of fish can be caught right underneath the boat. 

Musky action has pick up this week also.  Several nice catches were reported.  Mid-sized bucktails appears to be the bait of choice.  Some anglers have begun dragging a musky sucker while they are casting.  When using suckers you should always retrieve your lure by the sucker in case of a follow and to do the figure 8 at boat side.  This is a sure way of catching following 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.