Upper Hay lake is located near the town of Jenkins at the bottom end of the Whitefish Chain, although it is not connected. Upper Hay is a quaint 595 acres and fishable in all conditions. Due to the fact that it is a relative unknown in the Brainerd Lakes area, the fisherman that makes the trek will most definitely be rewarded!
Panfish: Throughout the open water season, crappies and bluegills receive heavy pressure and are typically rewarded. Quality numbers and size of both species are scattered throughout the lake. A little moving will be needed to find schools but the persistence will pay off. Early in the season, target emerging weeds and search for the warmest water possible. The dominant bottom is sandy so seek out the darker muckier areas. As summer progresses, there are an array of humps scattered throughout the lake that will hold fish. For both species puddle jumpers, flu-flu’s and little nippers are good choices to start.
Northern/Walleyes: Dating back to 2002, Upper Hay is regularly stocked and has good growth rates for fish. Early season walleyes can be targeted with standard jig and shiner or a lindy rig with a shiner. The sand flat areas located near where upper hay is fed by Jenkins Creek or exits to Lower Hay via Hay Creek are good starting options. As summer approaches, Lindy rigging with a redtail chub will be the ticket. Look to the deeper holes located in the southeast part of the lake as starting spot but also the underwater point that is located near Hay Creek. When the dog days of July and August grip Upper Hay, cover some ground with spinners tied behind a three-way rig tipped with crawler.
Upper Hay has a concrete ramp that can handle all size boats at end of Upper Hay Access Rd. off of old Hwy. 371 on west shore of lake. Looking for a new lake to chase walleyes and panfish, give Upper Hay a look!
LAKE OF THE WEEK provided by Leisure Outdoor Adventures (www.leisureoutdooradventures.com or (855) LOA-HOOK).