Fishing in the Hayward Lakes Area

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 2000 miles of streams (nearly 1400 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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About Our Area Lakes!

Staying in and around the Hayward Lakes Area of Northern Wisconsin offers a wide array of lodging. From in town accommodations; to popular lakeside resorts; to quiet, secluded retreats; to your own private cabin or home; Hayward Lakes will help you make memories to last a lifetime.

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The Best Bass Fishing

Without a doubt, trophy bass fishing is the Hayward Lakes Area’s “Best Kept Secret!” They say a picture says a thousand words, and boy, have we got some eye candy for you.

Check it out, then grab your tackle box and let’s go fish some world class bass!

Dan Palmer bass fisherman

Help Protect Hayward Area Waters and STOP Aquatic Hitchhikers!

So what can we do?

By following these four simple steps each time you leave the water, you can stop aquatic hitchhikers.

4 Steps to help stop aquatic hitchhikers

1. Remove any visible mud, plants, fish or animals before transporting equipment

2. Eliminate water from equipment before transporting

3. Clean and dry anything that came in contact with water (Boat, trailer, motor, net, fishing gear, swimming stuff, clothing, people, dogs, etc.)

4. Never release plants, fish, insects, or animals into a body of water unless they came out of that body of water.