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With over 1300 lakes and 73 rivers and streams in Vilas County. One can find just the sport you are looking for. Going after the allusive Musky, that Northern, the delicious Walleye, Crappie, Perch, a feisty Bass, have some fun with pan fish off a dock or a beautiful Trout caught on a fly rod.
Whether you and your party are great anglers or just beginners, the waters around Edgewater Inn and Cottages will have something to offer you.
To find some of those hidden less pressured places check with one of the local Fishing Guides.

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Musky season opend on 24 May 2014
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DNR Trout Video

<17 1/2 inch Walleye off west dock

Scott and Walleye

24 1/4 inch walleye caught from the east dock at dusk.

Adam and Walleye

43 inch Muskie off the west dock

Sean Muskie

Eagle River & Vilas County Fishing Report

***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY)
-- as of Sept 14, 2014:

Eagle River, Wisconsin: Snowmobile Capital of the World®, Hockey Capital of Wisconsin, World's Largest Chain of 28 Lakes (Eagle River Chain O'Lakes named one of the "7 Natural Wonders of Wisconsin" by Travel Wisconsin.com/Wisconsin Department of Tourism).


Walleye, northern and panfish putting on a good to excellent bite, with musky, smallmouth and largemouth bass all good. Several hunting seasons in full swing; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the mid 60s.

WALLEYE: Walleye in the Eagle River area are locating off of break edges adjacent to main lake basins in 30 feet of water or less. Use a jig and a minnow. Walleyes are tight to bottom. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

NORTHERN: Northern in the Eagle River area are in weed beds in 10 feet of water or less. Use a small bucktail, bass style spinner bait, Husky Jerk (minnow or walleye pattern), or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

PANFISH: (Crappies, bluegills and perch). Panfish in the Eagle River area are locating off of break edges and weed edges in 15 feet of water or less. Perch are tight to bottom, with crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column (lake and day dependent). Use a chunk of crawler, crappie minnow or mico-plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

MUSKY: Muskies in the Eagle River area are locating off of break edges and in the weeds in 15 feet of water or less. Use a regular size bucktail, topwater, jerk bait or glide bait (some guides are starting to use live suckers- - if they can find them! - -but it's just a skosh early). Normal retrieve, and always do a "figure 8" when the lure nears your boat. All day action, with short feeding windows, and the bite is good.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallies in the Eagle River area are locating off of break edges in 25 feet of water or less over hardbottom areas. Use a jig and a minnow or a plastic tube or craw. All day action and the bite is good.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth have moved a tad deeper in the Eagle River area. Fish weed edges in 15 feet of water or less. Use a jig and a minnow, plastic rigged weedles, or a bass style spinner bait. All day action and the bite has been good.

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With the much cooler weather we've had, we're now in a serious fall pattern. The maples are starting to show colors nicely and it will be beautiful for the next three weeks or so. We've had a serious drop in water temperatures – now even down into the 50's on some lakes. This is bringing about turnover on many lakes - you will see them getting green as this process starts throughout the area. We expect that the Chain will be going through this very soon. That series of rainfalls really added some water to the lakes, so we have a lot of current on the Chain and much higher water on most lakes. The Rainbow is as high as most of us have ever seen it.

Enjoy the nicer weather, as it is not going to last much longer. We saw a few snowflakes during one of the thunderstorms, reminding us of what is to come. Our biggest problem for fishing in the fall is the wind, as it is the windiest time of the year.

Walleye fishing is good, but the fish are moving some and hard to locate at times. It's time for the annual migration to the holes on the Chain, but on some days they seem to just be suspending in the middle of the flats in between the holes and the weeds. Those are the tougher days. The best bait has been half crawlers, which is somewhat unusual for this time of year. Minnows will be best as the water temps go down. This big lakes are now producing better also, on the hard bottom edges right off the weeds Try about 15' or so right at the dropoff to deeper water.

Bass fishing has been pretty good lately, with the smallies hitting well in about 10' of water over harder bottoms. Plastics have been best right on the bottom. They haven't been “puking” up any crayfish, so that food is gone for them for the year.

Largemouth have slowed some, but you can still get some with wacky worms on cover near the shorelines.

Northern action has been very good in the weeds, especially those deeper grass weeds. You can fish them with slip bobbers quite well at this time of year. Musky fishing will be an adventure for the next few weeks as we go through the turnover process on our lakes. If you are fishing lakes that are green, try going shallow with brighter baits, especially on the downwind side of these lakes. As the lakes clear up we will find the fish going deeper, but many of us prefer to fish the very deep edges of the weeds for feeding fish. As the temps drop, slow down your retrieves for best effect. This is the time for suckers on quickset rigs, also.

Panfish action is OK, but not as good as it was all summer. Crappies are still hitting very well on the deep weed edges and sometimes in the holes also. Remember to fish vertically for them. On the Chain you will often find walleye deeper in the holes and the crappies higher in the water column. Perch are the most consistent panfish for the remainder of the fall. You'll find them in the weeds on minnow throughout the drop in water temps.

With a slight warming trend in the weather, it will be a good week.

Good luck and good fisnin'!

From Muskie Matt & RFRG Outdoors
09 June 2014
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Muskie Matt Muskie

Excellent morning of fishin, 3 nice waldos and a mess of crappys. Afternoon was slower, couple bass, a nice smallie, and another good waldo. Water temps were running 66-68, it'll drop some more tonight...

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11 July 2014
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Gares Crappie

Yesterday i had Luke and Samantha out for ski action. Spilt shift. The morning run we met at 5 a m sammies third cast had a blow up on the top water, nothing major but something, Luke had a follow and a hit and we seen one surface. The late shift we met up at 5 pm and on the first spot Luke had two good hits, you could tell one was a nice fish at the size of the boils from the tail kicks as it took off!! Later Sammy had a nice fish, i would guess low forties hit at her topraider twice, which kind of scared her a bit!! Lol Sammy hasnt caught a musky yet so it was fun watching that!! Had a great time fishing with these two and hope to hook up with them again! Good luck at college this fall!!! So over all score - mudkies 7 L & S - 0! Oh well thats muskies!!

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Fall is just around the corner, and that means hunting season in the Eagle River area will soon be here.

Archery deer season is not quite open, but it¹s coming up quickly. The season starts on September 13, so savvy hunters are out scouting now. The Eagle River area is blessed with large amounts of public land, so get out into the forest and start looking. There are two things to look for right now. First, look for deer trails. This will indicate deer are in the area, and will give you some sense of their movement in your chosen spot. Second, start looking for oak trees. Acorns are not dropping yet, but if you can find some oaks that clearly have acorns in the canopy, you will have found a great spot to set up when the acorns fall. The bucks are still in velvet, so you won¹t see many rubs yet. There are lots of young turkeys in the Eagle River area. The best place to look for them is along roadways, especially those with grassy ditches and some grit along the edge. They can also be spotted in meadows, wildlife openings, and power line corridors in the Vilas County Forest, Nicolet National Forest, and the Northern Highland American Legion state Forest. All these public lands are very close to Eagle River.

Fall is just around the corner, and that means hunting season in the Eagle River area will soon be here.

Wisconsin will host its first ever early teal season this year, and the Eagle River area is a great place to find them. The season will run from September 1st through the 7th, and only blue-winged and green-winged teal can be harvested. The regular duck season doesn¹t open until later in the fall, see you need to be sure you are only shooting at teal. There will be mallards and wood ducks in the marshes at this time. The Wisconsin DNR put together a teal identification guide and quiz, which can be seen at: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/waterfowl.html. Teal will be in shallow, marshy areas with lots of emergent vegetation. A dozen decoys (mallards will work fine) should be enough to bring some birds in. They will come in very low and fast, and may even land before you can react.

The early Canada goose season will also be open during the teal hunt, which will make for some great waterfowling. Many of the flowages in the Eagle River area have shallow portions that will have both teal and geese.

There is a ton of information about the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest on the web: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/StateForests/nhal/ http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/StateForests/nhal/

The DNR web site has loads of information on turkey hunting. Go to http://http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/turkey.html.

(Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance
interviews with Eagle River guides "Muskie Matt" of Wild Eagle Lodge,
"Ranger Rick" Krueger of Guide's Choice Pro Shop, and Mat Hegy).
Contact info for Eagle River:
* "Muskie Matt", 715-479-8086; e-mail: rfrgoutdoors@gmail.com
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e:-mail: lunkerclunkerguideservice@yahoo.com
* Guide's Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner "Ranger Rick" Krueger 715-477-2248
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.
e-mail: fishing@eaglesportscenter.com
* Don Anderson, Eagle River hunting enthusiast, 715-479-8511.
e-mail: hellmo@frontier.com

Reports compiled, written & distributed by Creative Brilliance. ©2010. Naomi K. Shapiro or Ray Smith, Creative Brilliance 608-827-6483; e-mail: cre8vnaomi@gmail.com; cre8vRay@charter.net.

Information on Lakes

Outdoor 911 fishing reports
Link to Eagle River Area www.outdoors911.com.

Vilas County Lake Maps
Link to Vilas County fishng information and more links to the Wisconsin DNR.

Wisconsin Fishing License Information

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Link to Wisconsin Fishing License Information and more links to the Wisconsin DNR.
Wisconsin DNR will now be issuing one day fishing license, available across the street at the Marathon Convenience store.