Fishing Report

Fishing saw some good days and some not so good days this week, and the same goes for the weather. We have seen our fair share of rain and overcast recently leading to cooler air and water temps.  The good days had some spectacular, comfortable days. The bite has been mostly hit and miss, but some anglers are into some nice fishing patterns. The cooler mornings and shortened days definitely have given way to a sense of fall. Technically we are still in summer, but the transition to autumn is definitely in full swing.  Fall fishing patterns have certainly taken shape, and the waters in the area are seeing fewer anglers. 

Area lakes continue to give up fish.  Some anglers have seen some successful walleye catches slow trolling in about 20 feet.  Others are catching fish dragging live bait on lindy rigs over mid-lake humps and near other structure.  Fish for walleye in the late afternoon, well into the dark, fish the shallows along the gravel/rock areas.  That appears to be the best times.  

Panfish have been plentiful near vegetation in and around that 5 to15 plus feet of water.  Best bet is a float combination with worm chunks or minnow.  Crappies are certainly starting to get more and more active in usual fall areas, so do not forget small hair jigs or plastics.  

Bass have been coming off top-water baits, like poppers, spinnerbaits or buzzers.   Northern pike are also being reported  around shorelines casting  spinnerbaits near breaks and vegetation.

Musky activity is certainly increasing.  Several nice fish were caught this week on a variety of baits.  Sucker anglers are producing as well.  For the anglers that want to use suckers I would suggest calling a day before making the trip to check on availability.  There is a shortage created by a winter freeze out of the ponds.


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.