Updated Feb 21st, 2014
1 Week left in the Fishing Season
After March 2nd, only Crappie, Perch, and Bluegill may be fished.
Most lakes have 20" to 30" of solid ice, but there is slush on many of our lakes and lots of snow as well. Lake travel is recommened by snowmobile or 4 wheel tracked vechiles only at this time.
Our staff is ready to help you with all your outdoor needs. The bottle shoppe is stocked for your outdoor outting or your special event. Call Bobby, Jim, Dennis, or Steve at the Store for the Current Fishing Conditions. 715-634-2921
Previous Ice Fishing is Here!
Walleyes will be the primary target for the first ice fisherman. Look for the fish to be in structure, including weeds in shallower water. Most Walleye will begin feeding late afternoon in 10-20 feet of water, but will move shallow after dark and will feed all night off and on until morning.
Previous Fall Fishing Report
Crappie: Crapppies are suspended over deeper water. Deep weed lines, deep cribs, sunken and floating bogs. Use a minnow, waxies, or a small plastic jig with a slip bobber.
Bluegill: The warmer water temps have turned the bluegill bite on. Like Crappie look for deeper water. Another location would be weedlines in that 8' to 20' depths. Waxies, Spikes, Crawlers and leaf worms work best.
Perch: Perch are being caught in deeper water in some of the same locations as the walleye
Bass Largemouth and Smallmouth: Bass are no longer grouped together and are spread out accross many types of structure and depths. A faster presentation looking for a reaction strike is recommended. Don't overlook the great top water bite with Frogs in the shallows and noisy surface and buzz baits in deep water.
Walleye: Look for Walleye in 15 to 30 foot of water, near weeds, mid lake humps, and sand/rock bars, at morning and evening. With the warmer water temps, slip bobber with a leech, crawler, or minnow and trolling crrank baits or crawler harneses is recommended. Live bait on a slip sinker rigs also work well. The bite is starting to change from crawlers and leeches to minnows.
Musky: Use Bulldogs, bucktails, and plastics like tubes in 4-12 foot of water in weeds or weed edges. During hot days, the night bite can be outstanding and also more comfortable. Don't overlook topwater presentations during this time of year.
Trout are being caught on the streams and rivers. Please double check the Trout regulations as areas are catch and release only, and also barbless hooks only. Match the hatch!
The browns are running in a tributaries of Lake Superior. Use flatfish, black jitterbugs, crawlers, and spinners.
Grouse: Season opens Sept. 14th
Deer: Archery season opens Sept. 14th
Waterfowl: Early Goose season is Sept. 1-15
Turkey: Fall season runs Sept. 14th - Nov. 21st
The Staff at Hayward Bait & Bottle Shoppe wish you the best on your fishing or hunting outting.
Bob, Terry, Jim, Dennis, Steve