Hayward Wisconsin: 5-18-2023

by | May 19, 2023 | Wisconsin | 0 comments

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.

Hayward Wisconsin crappie

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!


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About Caleb Wistad
  Hey there! My name is Caleb Wistad. Growing up in the small town of Spooner, WI, my upbringing was steeped in the outdoor experience. Ever since I could follow my dad around through the woods and on the water, I have been obsessed with fishing, hunting and trapping. I still live here in Northwest Wisconsin with my lovely wife Morgan and 8-year-old son Jackson. I fish both open water and on the ice in such places as the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River and many inland lakes, streams, rivers and reservoirs, annually targeting over 30 different species of fish here in Wisconsin. I am committed to discovering new and unique ways to efficiently and consistently put patterns together to catch more fish. As a full-time Master plumber, I sometimes have to get creative to feed my fishing addiction. In 2019 my wife suggested I start an Instagram account to post some of my fishing photos. I begrudgingly agreed and decided to name my account @hookedupwi. I soon found social media to be a great way to connect with lots of like-minded, awesome people when I couldn’t be out on the water or ice and my account grew quickly. One thing led to another and march of 2020 I filmed my first video and posted it to YouTube and was blown away by the response. I am now uploading weekly YouTube videos, posting daily to Instagram and Facebook, managing social media accounts for some great companies, and now, giving you guys up-to-date reports here on Angling Buzz! I use a combination of knowledge, patterns, innovation, tackle and gear to find and catch more fish and I bring all those keys together for you on multiple platforms so you can learn to use these methods as well. I am also very involved with responding to anyone with questions on ice conditions, fishing reports, tactics that are working at the time, or just talking fishing so don’t be shy, drop by and say “hi” and let’s get hooked up!! Caleb Wistad Hookedupwi on YouTube! Hookedupwi on Facebook! @hookedupwi on Instagram!


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