Hayward Lakes Fishing Report
FISHING REPORT 9.23.13
Muskie fishing is improving, but mornings and evenings still offer better
odds. Work deeper weedlines, weed edges, and mid-lake humps with big
bucktails, Bull Dawgs, tubes, gliders, topwaters, stickbaits, and suckers
(if you can find them) on quick-strike rigs. Shallower water is also
producing some fish.
Walleye action is fair to good, with daytime fishing improving, but late
afternoon into dark is still best. Concentrate on deeper weedlines, weed
edges, points, rock bars, brush, and bogs in 12-35 feet of water. Anglers
continue to catch fish on crawlers and leeches (if you can find them), but
jigs and fatheads, walleye suckers, and trolled stickbaits are producing
Northern action should improve with cooling water temperatures. Fish the
weeds – green ones if you can find them – weed edges, and other cover with
spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits, and northern suckers. Offer
bigger baits in deeper water for trophy pike.
Largemouth seen a bit sluggish with the cooler temperatures, but they are
still active in weeds, wood, brush, and bogs in about 12 feet of water. Use
plastics, spinners, spinner and buzz baits, topwaters, and leeches,
crawlers, and minnows.
Smallmouth action is good, though somewhat erratic, on rock humps, cribs,
and near wood in depths from 10-30 feet. Do not overlook rivers and
flowages. Top baits include spinnerbaits, jigs/plastics, drop-shot rigs,
plastic worms, and tubes. Leeches, crawlers, and minnows work well, but
artificials are easier on the fish.
Crappie fishing is good to very good, but expect some sorting. Fish are
suspending over deeper water and holding on deep weed edges, cribs, brush,
and bogs. Crappie minnows, fatheads, waxies, plastics, spinners, Mini-Mites,
tubes, and Gulp! baits all deliver, but go prepared – preferences can vary
from day to day.
Bluegills moving to deeper weeds, cribs, and brush are hitting waxies,
crawlers, leaf worms, plastics, and Gulp! baits. Small minnows work well for