Caleb Wistad of Hookedupwi gives his latest Buzz Bite Report for Hayward Wisconsin and the surrounding area on May 18th, 2023.
Hayward Wisconsin: 5-18-2023
The fishing in Northern Wisconsin (Spooner & Hayward area) is off to a hot start. Water temps are in the high-fifties to mid-sixties depending on where you’re at.
Bass can be found up shallow in less than ten feet of water. Look for smallmouth bass on shallow, rocky flats and rock piles in eight feet of water or less. The best bite has been on jerkbaits, but you can also catch them on hair jigs, small swimbaits, and ned rigs.
Largemouth bass can be caught in shallow bays, along weed edges, and near creek mouths in less than six feet of water. Jerkbaits, swimbaits, plastics, and ned rigs have been working.
Anglers can expect to catch panfish along the edge of the weeds and in shallow bays in four to ten feet of water. Crappies are just beginning to move up in anticipation for the spawn.
Small stickbaits have been working the best, but small jigs paired with plastics, hair, or livebait will also catch fish.
A few walleyes can be found near their spawning areas, but a majority of the fish have moved out towards the the emerging weeds or shallow sandy flats. Focus on depths between four to ten feet of water.
Jerkbaits, a jig & minnow, and slip bobbers are a few good ways to catch them right now.
Everything should continue to be shallow for the next few weeks or so. Good luck to all the anglers fishing in the Hayward Wisconsin area. Stay safe and get hooked up!
Caleb Wistad – Hookedupwi