Hayward, Wisconsin Fishing Report 7-2-13
I spent a very enjoyable morning on the water with Doug Kelley and his 12 year old daughter Emma from Cedar Rapids, IA. Iowa has been well represented as of late! Our mission was to just catch fish. My favorite! We started out targeting smallies on a sunny, cool, and flat morning. Water temps dropped to 71 degrees overnight. We landed several small males on wacky worms that were holding on the first break along rock and sand shorelines. Your’s Truly also missed several fish on a topwater bait until I eventually realized that the front treble hook was missing. Brilliant! Larger fish proved to be a bit difficult, so we moved into some weed flats from 5′ to 10′ of water and landed several largemouth. Emma also had a brief but exciting battle with a large pike that engulfed her bait at boatside. She did an outstanding job learning how to work her worm on a spinning rod, and by the end of the morning she was casting, setting the hook, and reeling in fish like an old pro. We wrapped up our morning by landing a few bluegills in shallow bays. I found it interesting that there was very little spawning activity. Everything still seems to be about three weeks behind schedule compared to previous seasons. Something to keep in mind. Best of luck to all 4th of July vacationers. Be safe!
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Thanks for a fun morning, Jeff. We took our new skills to the dock at our cabin tonight and added some nice bluegills to our days catch. I then asked dad to get out the “squishy” worm aka wacky worm aka yum dinger on his spinning reel and landed a bass on my first cast. Fun!
Beautiful day on the water. Thanks for patiently helping Emma (and me) catch some nice fish and just have fun. I think we got a bass fishing girl on our hands! Looking forward to a return trip!