Jenks Bait & Tackle Hayward WI

Jenks Bait & Tackle Hayward WI

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13 Miles East of Hayward on County Hwy "B"

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Fishing Report / News
Date: 2015-07-31


Walleye have still been relatively slow this week. Some are being caught, however, the action has not been as good as earlier in the year most likely due to warmer air and surface temperatures. If you do go out Walleye fishing, during the day I would definitely suggest fishing deeper in the brush in places like between the Banana Islands, the deep brush north of Yankee Joe Creek, or in the brush by Hay Creek Narrows. As far as bait is concerned, leeches and crawlers have been producing similar results, and for artificial baits use Wally Divers, Walleye Series Rat-L-Traps, and Berkley 4" Ribworms. BAIT UPDATE: Leeches, as usual for this time of year, are beginning to become more scarce. No word yet on when they will be unavailable, however, judging from last season, I would give it about two weeks before leeches are no longer available. Keep that in mind in the weeks to come if leeches are your choice of bait. This week however, I will still have a steady supply of leeches. More updates on leech availability to come in the following weeks.


There has been some decent Musky action as of late but most of it is on deeper drop offs as the surface temperature has been increasing due to hot weather. Feel free to use surface baits in the early morning and later evening, however, during the majority of the day, it would probably be best to use subsurface baits. Bucktails have been fairly decent along with Bull Dawgs and Vexers. UPDATE: For those of you that may not have seen our post on Facebook, CRANE BAITS are now available. Six different colors are currently in stock and I have a fairly decent supply but given the demand I expect them to go quick. If you are in need of one or more of these baits, I recommend coming in soon to pick them up.


Northern Pike fishing has been ok. Nothing spectacular however. If you wish to do some pike fishing, I recommend using spinnerbaits and weedless spoons and ripping them through the weeds.


Crappie fishing has been above average. As stated in earlier sections, the water temperature has been rising so the Crappies have been going deeper. The action has been in a mix of places like the bogs, brush piles, and cribs. If you fish the brush piles and cribs, fish the deeper ones if you can. Use Crappie Minnows, Gulp! 1 inch baits and Crappie Nibbles, and Mini-Mites.


Smallmouth Bass continue to do well around the stumps and rocky shorelines. The bait of choice this past week has been Lunkerfrogs, Scumfrogs, and Poppers. Largemouth have been active as well, just not as active as the Smallmouth. If Smallmouth is your target, fish the Eastern portion of the lake around Moore's Bay and the West Fork, the Nursery, and the Cranberries. Largemouth action has been scattered throughout the lake, but you cannot go wrong fishing weedbeds, lily pads, and the like.


It looks like things will cool down a little bit over the next five days. The weekend will still see 80 degree weather, but Friday, Monday, and Tuesday will be down in the mid 70s. Expect to see some showers on Sunday. Other than that the weather looks great!

Water Level


Water Temp

High 70s to Low 80s

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11050W County Road B
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