Bill Shumway


Bill “Fuzzy” Shumway has guided professionally in Northwest Wisconsin counties since 1985.  He specializes in fishing for musky, walleye, smallmouth bass, and northern pike.   He is the innovator and manufacturer of the “Fuzzy Duzzit ” lure, and “Fuzzy’s Clip N Go” live bait harness.

Bill has been featured on The Outdoor Notebook, TV 13 Outdoors, and Midwest Outdoors TV programs, as well as the following magazine publications,In Fisherman, Midwest Outdoors, The Wisconsin Outdoor Journal, and The Outdoor Notebook.

Whether a novice or a seasoned angler, Bill will cater to your individual needs.  With a variety of lakes available for fishing, Bill will select the right one for your days outing.  Using traditional methods as well as a few innovative techniques, Bill will show you tips on proper boat control, lure selection and patterns for seasonal fish location.

Seasonal Overview
Fishing starts at ice out, usually Mid- April for Trout, Salmon and Steelhead on Lake Superior’s shores and streams. On the first Saturday in May, Wisconsin opens its inland waters for Walleye, Northern Pike and Panfish, While the Musky opener is the fourth Saturday in May.

By the first week in June, summer patterns start to ‘set up’ for both Walleye and Musky.  Numbers of fish as well as the trophies are caught starting in June and following through the ‘Dog Days’ of August. Although the numbers of fish tend to stall a bit in October and November, the months have a reputation for producing large, heavy fish.

Musky Trips
Bill’s first love is guiding fisherman to their first Musky or first trophy one.  Whether a seasoned musky angler or new to the sport , Bill will provide you with the tools, skills, and knowledge for a great Musky trip.  Top quality St. Croix rods, St. Croix reels, and lures are included for your success.

You will fish from a comfortable 1860 Ranger Deep V with a quiet 90 hp Suzuki outboard motor, powerful Minn Kota trolling motors, and Humminbird electronics. You will employ traditional casting techniques most days, but you may also fish live bait or power troll depending on seasonal patterns.

Trailering his boat daily Bill will take you to the lake of your choice, or by his recommendation for action or trophy fish. He will pick you up in front of your cabin for a road trip, or at your dock to fish your home water.

Bill fishes Musky from the May opener until the November close of season.

Walleye Trips
Prior to the Musky opener Bill specializes in trips for Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and Northern pike.  Bill fishes a wide variety lake types for Walleye. You may request fishing for numbers of ‘eater’ sized fish or hunt for that first big ‘Eye’.

Bill has a reputation in the Hayward area for consistently connecting his clients with trophy Walleye every season. Light tackle casting techniques along with live bait are the norm at this time of year, however casting crankbaits in the evening can produce some big fish at this time of year.

Bill recommends bringing your own rod and reel combo loaded up with fresh six  pound line, or you may use one of his St. Croix rod outfits. All lures are provided, there may be charge for live bait used depending on market prices.

Smallmouth Bass Trips (catch, photo, and release)
May is prespawn trophy time for Smallmouth!  Since the WDNR changed the opening date for the bass season in the northern zone in the late 1990’s, the Smallmouth Bass have exploded in numbers and size , in Northwest Wisconsin’s inland lakes.   This is prespawn trophy time and all fish must be released.  Bill and his clients have caught hundreds of Smallmouth in the 19 to 20 inch range, and 21+ fish are boated every year.  Single hooked artificial lures are only used, to ensure a quick and safe release of all fish. Book a day to catch some trophy Smallies, or do a combination Walleye/ Smallmouth outing.   May and June only

Groups and Corporate Outings
Fishing outings in the Northwood’s  is a great way to entertain or to relax after your companies business meetings are through for the day.  They can accent your team meetings, or can be a fun competitive outing to highlight your corporate event.  Bill can help arrange guided outings for large groups with competent and reliable guides, lodging, catering and other needs for your event.

The Hayward Cable area has many various lodging options to choose from; Resort cabins, Full service resorts with marina,  restaurant and bar, Bed and breakfast’s, motels and condominiums. Bill can suggest and help you find a place for you and your group or family. Plan ahead the best places are booked well in advance.


  • $ 400.00  for full day – 8 hours on the water
  • $ 300.00  for a 3/4 day  5 hours on the water
  • $ 250.00  for half-day – 4 hours on the water
  • Rates based on two persons,  $ 75.00 for third person
  • Bill’s Services Include:
  • A full days fishing. (Minimum of 8 hrs on the water)
  • A Safe, Comfortable Ranger fisherman 1860 fishing boat.
  • Any fishing tackle needed.
  • Panfish cleaning and wrapping.A Fun, Educational Northwood’s Experience.
    You Should Bring:
  • Appropriate Seasonal Clothing including Sun Glasses & Rain Gear.
  • A Valid Wisconsin Fishing License.
  • Lunch for You and Your Guide.
  • A Positive Fishing Attitude!Sponsors include: Frabill,  Suzuki,  St. Croix Rods,  Ranger Boats,  Pure Fishing,  Minn Kota,  Cortland Line,  “Just Encase” tackle boxes (Click Here) to visit their web sites)