Jenk’s Bait & Tackle

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 continue to be slow this week. Folks are catching them but you have to put the leg work in. Thus far it seems that the action people are getting are on bigger fathead minnows and suckers. The pattern these last few weeks seems to be off so there seems to be no rhyme or reason to fish location at the moment. The best advice would be to utilize your electronics and look for sources of food for the Walleye.


Musky fishing has been solid and it has been solid on a variety of tactics. Topwater has still been effective when the water is calm. Big Bucktails and big rubber baits have also been effective subsurface. Trolling deeper edges has also been effective. As always as we move into later September the sucker bite is getting better! Right now the action has been on a variety of baits and tactics but the one common thread is that most of the action is coming on bigger baits. Given water temperatures Muskies should be sitting just outside of weed edges and along deeper breaklines.


Pike continue to be active primarily on spinnerbaits and sucker minnows in the weeds. If Pike are your target fish then concentrate your fishing more so on the West side as opposed to the East.


Crappie are active but they seem a bit scattered. They are not roaming around in schools yet. You can find them on cribs, deep weed humps, and brush piles. They do not seem to be schooled up in Moore’s Bay and the Blueberries yet, however, that may be coming soon depending on water temperature conditions.


Smallmouth are still consistently active. Ned Rigs and Crawlers seem to be the way to go. As we move into the fall here sucker minnows can also prove to be effective. Check out stumps, rock piles and cribs…all favorite hangouts for Smallmouth.


This week looks to be a fairly warmer week. Saturday thru Monday will see highs in the high 60s to low 70s. As we approach mid week, Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the high 70s. Thursday will cooldown to 69 degrees and then Friday and Saturday will have a high of 80. Lows throughout the week will range from the mid 40s to mid 50s.

Water Level

2-3 feet down

Water Temp

Low 60s


Sucker Availability Update: This weekend we got a healthy supply of suckers but they are the small to medium size. Will provide another update next weekend as sucker availability is week to week as of right now.

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