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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 November 18, 2014:

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Open water fishing is done as lakes start to freeze over; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Our guide sources tell us that while some of the big lakes in the Eagle River area are still pretty much open, with the continuing advent of cold temperatures, open water fishing is done for the season. Having said that, if things change, we will of course keep you posted. Right now our best suggestion is to get your ice fishing gear and shelters in shape, and remember first ice is a great opportunity for some of Eagle River's legendary fishing. Stay tuned.

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What a difference a few weeks can make. We were anticipating several more weeks of that great fall open water fishing when we were rudely interrupted by that huge snow and the cold weather that has followed it. That has turned our attention to the ice fishing season as lake after lake has "gone" (frozen completely). To say that this was unexpected given the fall season so far is an understatement. We now have all but the biggest lakes in the area with ice on them, and the smaller lakes are safe to get out on. We've got 3 - 5" of ice on many lakes, and the ice anglers are starting to get out there.

We really received an unexpected benefit from this early snow as it came before the lakes had started to freeze. Had the lakes frozen first, and then the snow came, we would have had the same conditions we had last year. Slush. We got lucky this year, and perhaps that is an omen for the rest of the year.

Temps for the deer season opener seem to be pretty good. Remember last year? It was so cold many hunters just quit after the first morning out there. That was the start of our cold weather pattern that lasted all winter with no relief at all.

Early walleye fishing can be very good. Tip-up anglers will set those rigs on the mouths of bays and on the edges of weeds to intercept the walleye as they come into the shallower water to fed in the evening and then move shallower after dark to get these early walleye. Large fatheads or shiners work best. It's also a fine time to get perch using the same pattern. The darker, smaller lakes seem to be best right at the start of the season. Many anglers will use the medium shiners to avoid those pesky perch, but more and more we see guys setting for the perch also, with the fatheads.

It seems to take a while for the northerns to get going after the ice forms. After several weeks the fish seem to settle down and we start to get a lot of people fishing for them in the weeds with larger shiners. Since this is a daytime activity you can fish for northerns and then move to those walleye spots in the late afternoon and evenings.

A last word about the musky fall season: It seemed to be spotty during those warm fronts, but they were short and the fishing recovered each time as the temps dropped. It was a season of very good numbers and a few trophies. In retrospect, the most pervasive aspect of this season was the abundance of action on suckers and the lack of heavy action on artificial lures. Looking through my records from September on, my boat recorded only three fish on artificials. Unbelievably, we had only five (5? count them!) follow-ups all fall. This has never happened before and was pretty frustrating. The good thing is that the sucker action on quick-sets was so good all fall.

Here's looking at a good ice season, without the slush that made last year so difficult for everyone.

Good luck and good fisnin'!

From Muskie Matt & RFRG Outdoors
20 Nov 2014
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Muskie Matt Muskie

Figures... Walleye fishin, first flag of the 2014/15 season and I get a big ass muskie.

I had help checking ice today, which is highly recommended, so I was able to move along a little faster. Still areas I won't go on yet but I did get out a bit further today. Some of the better ice was around the 3 inch mark and we fished it. Quite a few flags, got that ski and an 18in waldo for our efforts.

I can't stress enough, the ice was by no means uniform, I would still come across areas the spud bar would plunge right thru an inch of ice! If you go, use smart ice checking methods. Just because you see tracks doesn't mean it's safe all over the place. Be very careful during this first ice time.

From Garesguideservice.com
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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Grouse hunting has been excellent in the Eagle River area. But in during the last week enough snow has fallen to change their habits. Look for young pine, balsam, or spruce trees that are adjacent to thick aspen stands. Pine plantations can also be good, but it is tough to get a shot before the birds disappear. Any spots that may have bare ground can also hold birds. If you see tracks, hunt the area thoroughly because, unlike deer and rabbits, grouse don¹t leave many tracks and their presence indicates birds in the immediate area.

We are now at the peak of the rut in the Eagle River area. If you want to get a big buck with your bow, you should be in the woods now. Bucks are actively chasing does, so if you find some does you are likely to also find the bucks. Archers are also reporting success by rattling antlers, using grunt calls, and employing doe-in-heat scents. Setting up near scrapes has also been effective.

Diver ducks are starting to move into the Eagle River area with the onset of cold weather. The larger lakes are not yet frozen, but this could change quickly.

The Wisconsin DNR launched an excellent program to help you find grouse and woodcock cover. It is called ³FFlight² and can be reached at this web address: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/fflight.html. It shows grouse and woodcock habitat in all three public forests in the Eagle River area ­ the Vilas County Forest, the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest, and the Nicolet National Forest. It is an excellent tool to help you locate hunting hot spots in the Eagle River area.


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.