Fishing - Hayward,
Below are a few articles about fishing
the area that you might enjoy!
Fork Smallmouth Bassin' - It don't get much better than
Lake Walleyes - Fishing the Wood!!
Muskies - Lots of fish and a few big hawgs too!!
We also have few fishing videos online
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The Hayward Area
of the finest fishing in the State of Wisconsin can
be found in Sawyer County and the Hayward Lakes area.
Trophy musky, walleye, smallmouth bass and panfish all
swim in these waters with many monster fish being taken
annually. Moose Lake and the world famous Chippewa Flowage
are some of the bodies of water you will be able to
experience in our area.
Moose Lake is a 1600 acre, dark water
flowage surrounded by the 850,000 acre Chequamegon National
Forest , making it a true sportsman's paradise. Moose
lake has a reputation as being one of Wisconsin's finest
musky lakes, and it also has good populations of walleye,
smallmouth bass, and panfish. Then if you really want
to get away from it all and experience some great fishing,
try a canoe or float trip down the West Fork of the
Chippewa river that flows into Moose Lake.
Along with Moose Lake and the Chippewa
River there's no shortage of other places to fish either.
In fact, there's so many places to go, it's sometimes
hard to decide just where to go.
Here to view a Hydrographic Map of Moose Lake.
West Fork Smallies
is a place, where generations of anglers have enjoyed
some great fishing and even in today's fast paced world
where everything is constantly changing, time has basically
stood still there.
This place is the West Fork of the famous Chippewa
river up stream from Moose lake located East of Hayward
Wisconsin. What can you expect in the fishing there
today? Well, along with some decent walleye fishing
and way better than average musky fishing, there's also
some great smallmouth bass fishing that just seems to
keep getting better all the time. And that's what I'm
talking about here! Plenty of smallmouth with some fish
running up to around 6 or 7 pounds, maybe even bigger!
Why is the bass fishing getting better you ask?
Well, the rise in the popularity of catch and release
and the fact that for around 7 or 8 years now the bass
season has only been open to only catch and release
till later in June are a couple of good reasons. In
fact, these factors alone are probably the biggest reasons
for the increase in both size and numbers in bass when
other fisheries, especially those in less remote locations,
are often struggling to keep up with increased pressure.
Still the fact is it is good here and getting better!
Whether you fish with a spinning rod or a fly rod, there
a fish here plenty big enough to test your skills as
Then besides good fishing, a trip down the "Chip"
is a great experience and has some beautiful scenery
too. Paddling along the path of the old voyageur's and
lumberjacks there are some big wild rice fields, lots
of wild country, and plenty of wild critters to see.
there are a lot of miles of river upstream from Moose
Lake and Sportsmen's
Lodge to canoe and fish, the most popular stretch's
are those from Clam lake to Moose, and from highway
GG down the Torch river to the "Chip" at Cattail
lake then on down to Moose Lake. Along with a lot of
river and a just few minor rapids to contend with, there
are also several small lakes and wide spots in the river.
As for distance or time, the shorter trip from 174
down can be done in 3 hours or less, ( the average is
around 5 hours ), but you can also spend all day fishing
it and exploring. Then on the longer trips from Clam
Lake or GG, you need to get started early in the day
or spend overnight camping along the river in the National
Forest if you want to spend any time fishing.
Chippewa Flowage & Other Area Lakes
Some of our better known lakes just a
short drive from our resorts are, the Chippewa Flowage
that produced the current world record musky, Lac Courte
Orielles, Grindstone, Big Round, Teal, Lost Land, Moose,
and many more, each with it's own fishing characteristics.
With Over 16,000 acres of water, the "Chip"
is the largest wilderness lake in Northwest Wisconsin
and the third largest lake in the state. This vast,
sprawling lake has around 250 miles of shoreline and
140 or more islands. It's fishery consists of Musky,
walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass, panfish, northern
pike and a few other species.Lodging is available at
several resorts and you can camp both at several campgrounds
and on several of the islands.Then when it comes to
rivers along with the Chippewa, there's the Flambeau,
the St.Croix, the Namekogan, the Brule, and hundreds
of other smaller rivers and streams, most of which also
provide good fishing. Then there's the big lake, Lake
Superior, with all it's bays and tributaries. Just a
couple examples are the Chequamegon Bay where you can
find great trout, salmon, walleye, and northern pike
fishing as well as world class smallmouth fishing.
Then too, there's the St. Louis Bay and
River where you can find some great walleye, northern
pike, bass, and musky fishing. No matter what your preference,
from remote streams to sprawling inland lakes to the
vastness of Lake Superior, Northwest Wisconsin has it.
And if you just want to check out the shops and attractions
or play a round of golf, we have plenty to offer there
Here Are A Few Hayward Area Fishing
Muskies Inc Fall Tournament
Walleyes For Northwest Wisconsin Family
Ice Fishing Contest
Hayward Lions Musky Festival Fishing Contest