Jenks Bait & Tackle Hayward WI

Complete Line of Fishing Tackle and Live Bait
13 Miles East of Hayward on County Hwy “B”

Our rod and reel prices are competitive with, and often priced lower than the discounters and catalogues. Give us a call at 715-462-3055 for more information, or stop by and see for yourself.

Jenk’s Bait & Tackle has been serving the Hayward Area for over 66 Years.

Located conveniently between the Chippewa Flowage, Round Lake and Callahan Lake, our knowledge of the surrounding waters have been a help to visitors for many years.



Whether you seek hunting and fishing information, want to hire a guide to fish the Chippewa Flowage or surrounding Hayward Lakes, or if you simply want to chat about the Hayward area, we’re here 7 days a week to help make your stay a pleasant one.

  • Minnows
  • Night Crawlers
  • Leaf Worms
  • Red Worms
  • Leaches
  • Suckers
  • Ice Fishing Bait
  • Lake Maps
  • Solunar Tables listed most days
  • Musky Baits
  • Hooks
  • Sinkers
  • Leaders
  • Rain Gear
  • Flotation Devices
  • Reel Grease
  • Fishing Line Spooling
  • Fish Locator Rental

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CJ Grouse 2014
Eleven year old CJ from Illinois got a license and some good advice about hunting ruffed grouse from Jenk’s Bait & Tackle. On Saturday 10/4/2014, CJ got his first ever ruffed grouse while hunting on public land in Sawyer County Wisconsin. Thanks Jenks Bait & Tackle!!!!

Jenk’s Bait & Tackle
11050W County Road B
Hayward, WI 54843

Mike and Don
Mike and Don

Fishing Report / News



Walleye have been a bit more active this week although the patterns have been kind of all over the place. Some fishermen have been reporting catching them in the weeds and others have been reporting catching them in deeper holes. However, the common thread between the two spots is that the weeds have been by the deeper holes. So work both types of structure and see what produces more. Minnows are the ticket right now.


Musky are active particularly on Suckers. If you are casting and you are not dragging a sucker or two along you are limiting your potential success. This time of year, you want to be focusing on neck downs and narrows and points bordering deeper water. Do not ignore the tips of the points as these are some of the most productive spots.


Not many reports coming in on the Crappie this week as Musky and Walleye have been the predominant fish of choice this past week, but the Crappie are out there. Cribs are probably your best bet on minnows.


This week will be cold but not blistering cold. Highs will primarily be in the 30s this week with lows ranging from the high teens to mid 20s. By next weekend temps will increase again into the 40s. Expect some very light snow on Sunday.

Water Level

4-4.5 feet down

Water Temp

low to mid 40s


Sucker Update: We have a good supply of suckers this weekend. After this weekend sucker availability will be a crap shoot. So make sure to stock up this weekend for the next few weeks. Hours Update: This Sunday will be the end of our regular season hours at Jenk’s Bait and Tackle for the 2020 Season. We will still be around but be sure to all ahead of time if you wish to come in so I can make it a point to be at the shop when you come in.

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