Fishing/Outdoor Report:

The countdown begins for the closure of the game fish season on many lakes and rivers.  If you need to get a chance for walleye, northern pike and bass, now is the time. Wisconsin game fish season closes on March 7th. 

It is a good thing we are putting this polar vortex cold blast behind us and the forecast calls for some comfortable days ahead.  It is crazy how our bodies adapt to weather and now 16 degrees feels like a heat wave.  Fishing has been on the slower side again this past week, due to the cold temperatures, but some anglers have gone out, but the reports have been pretty much the same, slow. 

Area lakes have actually been the only lakes that has produced some patterns recently.  Panfish adapted to the temperature change and, even though the weather has been extremely cold, it has been a consistent cold, but it appears to be a time bite.  Best times have been from 3:30 to 5:30 in the afternoon.  Downsized teardrop jigs like Northland doodle bugs and forage minnows tipped with waxies have been best using a dead stick technique.  Use your Vexilar to locate fish, then sit over them and turn off your graph. 

Fish have been pressured lately, so not having sonar bouncing off their bodies can trigger them into biting patterns.  For walleyes, northern pike and bass, anglers should continue to setup on the outside of the weed lines.  Bass and northern pike can be common, but walleyes most likely will not bite unless it is a low light period or even dark. 

For the riders:  Not much new to report other than last weekend was great.  Very cold, but snowmobilers are hardy and ready for the challenge.  The trails are in good shape. We have good snow and groomers have been out daily.  We will have another great weekend for riding. 

Please note that trail 5, the north end near Phipps Fire Lane and trail 21 north of Lost Land Lake has some logging going on and some plowed roads, so please ride with caution. Trail 18 on the Flowage in front of R & R is still closed and not safe.

 

 

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.