March 26, 2012
Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report
Well that was a short, early spring ... or maybe not. A somewhat significant change to cooler weather is in the works this week, but the forecasts still indicate temperatures will be warmer than the norm for this time of year.
Although is a little disheartening to see high temperatures drop nearly 20 degrees and the use of "snow" in the forecast (yes, your read that correctly), but really, now - who can complain about mid-50 highs at the end of March? In many years, this would bring a big smile to most faces in the north woods! Do not be discouraged - warmer temperatures return this area again next week.
"If history is any indication, we should expect good panfish action soon." says Pat at Happy Hooker, "but this year seems to be ignoring any respect for history. Lake ice departed a full month ahead of normal and late season ice fishing did not happen. It has just been that kind of a month."
Mark at Hayward Bait says panfish anglers should concentrate on the shallow, south-facing back bays holding darker, warmer water.
"Try casting parallel to shore and don't be afraid to try topwater or sub-surface flies and baits. The fish could be shallower than you might think for this time of year. They are moving and might spook in the shallow water, so you will have to move to stick with them."
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