Fishing Report:

We are still finding some diverse bites on many area lakes and on the rivers.  From trolling, jigging, and casting anglers can now pick their favorite method and probably have success. Soon enough more specific techniques will take over. 

Water temps continue to rise and daylight periods are the longest of the year.  That means we will be seeing more bug hatches in coming days, not to mention the sprouting of aquatic vegetation. 

Water temperatures are anywhere from 70 to 78 degrees depending on where you are.  I hate to say it, but the only thing really lacking is the little bit of rain we have had.  We could use some more precipitation to keep things more routine.  Good rain showers make for good oxygen intake, and fish like that. 

Inland waters have been on a hit and miss pattern this last week.  Best bite was drifting live bait rigs in and around 10 foot breaks.  The bigger fish seem to be a little deeper, so if you’re looking for quality, concentrate on the 10-20 feet of water.  Leeches are becoming more and more of the staple live bait.  Makes sense as we are starting to see some wild leech hatches in select waters.  Time of day seems to be important now and most anglers are reporting some good action beginning around four thirty into the night time hours, especially for walleye.  Crawlers or leeches has been the go to baits. 

For Northern pike and largemouth bass, casting spinnerbaits and soft plastics in and around shallow weed lines and drop off edges has worked well.  You can fish for this species all during the day light hours. Target thicker vegetation near old spawning colonies with a plastic top water baits like frog or rigged weedless crawler or leech baits.  Smallmouth bass  can be found a long rocks and gravel areas.  Panfish are locating along the weed areas in 12 to 16 feet of water.  Jigging soft plastics on a 1/16 or 1/32 oz jog works best.  You can cast it and snap it back to you or fish it under a bobber. 

I wish I could report good action for musky, but it continues to be slow.  Anglers are seeing some following fish, but with only a few takers.  A couple of mid-thirties were charted this week.  Anglers are throwing an assortment of baits and sizes. 

It is summer and it is hot and humid.  The biting insects are out in numbers.  If you are coming north make sure you pack some sun block, aloe lotion and bug repellent.  Be well and safe on this Independence Day holiday.   



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.