The Hayward Lakes Area of Northern Wisconsin welcomes anglers of all ages to fish the over 50,000 acres of glacial lakes and rivers of Sawyer County. Home to world record muskies and the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward, Wisconsin is your vacation destination for excellent fishing!

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest contains over 2,000 miles of streams (nearly 1,400 miles are classified as trout water), 607 lakes greater than ten acres in size, over 400 spring ponds, and 324,000 acres of wetland. The Hayward, Wisconsin Area Lakes’ wide diversity of prime habitat hosts numerous species of fish. Walleye, crappies, large and small mouth bass, jumbo perch, musky, and plentiful panfish.

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Help Protect Hayward Area Waters and STOP Aquatic Hitchhikers!

  • Remove any visible mud, plants, fish or animals before transporting equipment
  • Eliminate water from equipment before transporting
  • Clean and dry anything that came in contact with water (Boat, trailer, motor, net, fishing gear, swimming stuff, clothing, people, dogs, etc.)
  • Never release plants, fish, insects, or animals into a body of water unless they came out of that body of water.
Hayward Bait and Bottle Shoppe

Hayward Bait and Bottle Shop


Hayward Bait and Bottle Shop is a Retail Sport Shop, Wholesale Live Bait Distributor, Fish Hatchery, Aquatic Farm, and Dock Dealer.

Jenk’s Bait and Tackle


Serving the Hayward Area for over 75 years, Jenk’s Bait and Tackle is a complete one stop shop for all your bait and tackle needs.

Daryl’s Guide Service

Daryl’s Guide Service


Fishing the Hayward Area Lakes for trophy musky, walleye, and bass. Also available; fall grouse hunting trips. Wisconsin Licensed Guide.

Bobber Down Bait and Tackle

Bobber Down Bait and Tackle


We are your one stop source for live bait, tackle, beer and liquor. Guide service and package deals available.

Wisconsin Northland Outdoors Guide Service

Wisconsin Northland Outdoors Guide Service


We offer guided fishing trips for musky, bass, walleye, & panfish. Also guided hunting for ducks, geese, grouse, deer, & small game. Licensed

Can of Worms


Located 13 miles east of Hayward on County Road B, Can of Worms offers live bait, tackle, a beer cave and ice.

Happy Hooker Bait & Tackle