Fishing Report:

This year’s opener was quite a bit different than years past.  Opening day was pushing into the 80’s and day two was back into the 50’s.   It did not seem to affect the fish all that much.  The only thing that slowed the bites was increased fishing pressure.  It was important to move to new locations once things started to slow down.  Water temperatures averaged between 52-55 degrees on the lake.  It was easy to locate fish on the electronics given the fact that there is little vegetation yet.   Most fish stayed deeper and have not moved up into shallower waters thus far.  With the weather conditions staying on the cooler side of things for the immediate future, I do not think the bite will be hot and heavy.  In other words, the best is yet to come. 

Pan fishing is just starting to take shape and will get better as water temperatures continue to rise.  Best bet is to scan the usual spawning colony spots for activity.  At this point anglers have not found much for activity, but to the south, and in smaller lakes, these fish should be just starting to move into the shallows.  Best tactics will be the usual float over live bait, fan-casted small plastics or casting small beetle spins. 

Anglers were finding most walleyes have moved off of the usual spawning areas and are now making their way to deeper waters of 10-20 feet.  Best baits have been slow rolled jig and plastics or live bait.  Bigger fatheads seem to be better than smaller sized baits. 

Northern pike and Largemouth bass action has been steady in the shallow weed areas.  Largemouth season is open and any size may be taken.  Smallmouth bass is catch and release only until June 19th and must 14 inches to keep.   Even a few musky has been caught, remember musky season does open until the May 29th. 

This is such a fun time of year, anglers are full of optimism as the fishing season is just getting going. 

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.