Fishing Report:

Area lakes waters continue to put on some good action.  Drift jigging live bait in the 6 to 14 foot breaks has been good for a mix of walleyes, bass (largemouth/and smallmouth) and northern pike.  Even an occasional musky has been caught. 

Some lakes have been seeing some action on a mix of baits, including night crawlers, minnows and leeches.  Some anglers are finding good success with slip bobber and leeches off sharp transitions,  Remember to check the regulations for size and bag limit as some lakes have different rules. 

The best walleye bite has been on fathead minnows jigged on 1/8 oz jigs.  More keeper fish has been taken off the drop areas in 10 to 14 feet of water.  Lot of small, undersized, walleye are still be caught in the deeper holes in 18 the 25 feet of water. 

Pan fishing has improved this week as the water temperatures are climbing into the lower 50’s and upper 60’s.   The crappie have been staging in the shallow water reading for the spawn.  Anglers were finding them in 4 1/2  to 6 feet.   The forecast is calling for much warmer weather to continue this week, so look for crappie to move into the shallow fresh vegetation for the next 10 days or so.  Small hook or jig and crappie minnow under a slip or small bobber rig and fished shallow will be the tactic.  Set your bobber depth according to the water depth and always keep the bait above the fish. 

Musky season for the northern zone opens Saturday May 23rd.  As usual, start by using smaller softer baits like plastics or swim baits and a slower retrieve.  Musky, as well as the northern pike, are still hanging around the shallow waters in six to 10 feet of water in prey of the spawning fish. 

On another note, if you are planning to do some fishing this weekend I would be sure to pack a rain suit,  The forecast is calling for rain Saturday and Sunday. But still warming into the 70’s.  What were Memorial Day weekend be without a little rain.  Have a Happy and Safe weekend.

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.