Lake Superior and Hayward Area Fishing Report

Lake Superior and Hayward Area Fishing Report


If you’re looking for the latest Lake Superior and Hayward area fishing report, you’ve come to the right place. Local guide Jeff Evans has the freshest report from northwest Wisconsin for both walleye and smallmouth bass.

First up, let’s get the Hayward area fishing report:

“Things are really heating up in northwest Wisconsin. In the Hayward lakes area, we’re seeing water temperatures in the high 60’s, even low 70’s on some lakes. We’ve had a lot of bug hatches lately and walleyes are transitioning into summertime patterns. We’re catching fish on rock reefs in anywhere from 20 to 25 feet of water or off of deep weed edges in 15 to 20 feet of water.

“Trolling crawler harnesses has been effective and we’re also catching fish on slip bobbers and leeches.

“There’s a lot of smallmouth bass that are still in less than 10 feet of water, and we’ve had some amazing topwater bites lately.”

Jeff has also been following the bite up on Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior.

Here’s how the fish have been hitting:

“Out on Chequamegon Bay, the smallmouth bass bite has still been good. We’re catching a lot of fish in anywhere from 5 to 7 feet of water. Again, topwaters have been effective. The walleye bite on Lake Superior is really starting to get going. Water temperatures are warming up and we’re starting to see good catches of fish trolling crankbaits in anywhere from 15 to 20 feet of water.

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As you would expect this time of year with the bug hatches in full swing, the topwater bite is on fire for smallmouth bass and the spinner rig and slip bobber combo has been deadly for walleyes.

In fact, the same pattern is happening right now on Leech Lake, according to local guide Toby Kvalevog. It’s not uncommon to see the same patterns happening hundreds of miles away, so long as the water temperatures are comparable.

Hopefully, this up-to-date report will help you get on the bite this week in the Hayward Lakes area and up on Chequamegon Bay.

Best of luck and stay safe out there!

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