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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.
Enjoy a Good time.
Musky season opend on 27 May 2017
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|<17 1/2 inch Walleye off west dock
|24 1/4 inch walleye caught from the east dock at dusk.
43 inch Muskie off the west dock
Eagle River & Vilas County Fishing Report
***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY)
12-11 to 12-18
Before heading out on the ice this winter, make sure you understand some basic safety. The most important piece of knowledge is that there is no such a thing as 100 percent safe ice. Here are some precautionary measures that can be taken to minimize risk.
The safety of ice is determined by a combination of conditions and factors, not just thickness. One of the most important things to consider is the type of water (pond, lake, stream, river, etc.). The type and size of the body of water will have varying factors such as depth, chemistry make-up, and current. Other major considerations are appearance (color, texture and features), daily and weekly temperatures, snow cover, and distribution of the load on the ice (not only yours, but surrounding area too).
If you are completely unfamiliar with the area, don’t make any assumptions about the ice. Stop by a local bait/tackle shop, or any other local business and chat with them about ice conditions. Police or fire stations can assist with this, too.
When at the location, observe the ice and look for any obvious warning signs such as cracks, flowing water near the edges or up through the top of the ice, or even frozen ridges that would indicate refrozen water flow. These abnormal surface conditions are not safe.
Color is helpful when determining ice conditions. Ice with a blueish tint is generally the strongest. White, milky or opaque ice has been water covered and refrozen, making it weaker and more porous due to the air pockets. Light gray to dark black is common in melting ice and is very unsafe. Additionally, melting ice can have a slushy texture, which tends to be deceptive because it may appear thick but it can be much thinner below. Beware of snow covered ice as the snow can act as an insulator preventing the ice from forming underneath.
There are several ways to check ice thickness. The most common is to use a “spud” or ice chisel. Using a stabbing motion, drive the spud into the ice to create a hole and then measure the ice thickness. Alternatively, you can use an ice auger or cordless drill to create your hole and then measure. Remember to measure the depth rather than determining the thickness by how easily the ice surface breaks. Caution: It is easy to overestimate the thickness.
Ice rarely forms at a consistent uniform rate and therefore the thickness can vary from one spot to the next. Continue to check the depth every few steps. Also, keep in mind that these guidelines are for new, clear ice (the strongest) and that other conditions can significantly alter the safeness of the ice thickness.
*Fishing report for the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce based on observations submitted by Eagle River guide “Muskie Matt,” George Langley, and Colin Crawford’s guide service; their contact information is listed below. Cross country ski, snowshoe and fat tire bike trails information provided by Pete Moline; his contact information is listed below. Snowmobile trails report provided by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce.
12/11 to 12/18
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Before you venture out onto the ice, there are steps you need to take to make sure that you have a safe and enjoyable time. The most important piece of knowledge is knowing that there is no such a thing as 100% safe ice, but you can take precautionary measures to stack the odds in your favor of knowing the safety of the ice before it is too late.
First you must understand that the safety of ice is determined by a combination of conditions and factors, not just thickness. One of the important things that need to be considered in determining the safety factor is the type of water (pond, lake, stream, river, etc.). The type and size of the water will have varying factors such as depth, chemistry make-up, and current to name a few. Other major considerations are appearance (color, texture and features), daily and weekly temperatures, snow cover, and distribution of the load on the ice (not only yours but surrounding area too).
If you are completely unfamiliar with the area, don’t make any assumptions about the ice. There are several ways to inquire where the good spots are and where the known dangerous spots are. You can stop by a local bait/tackle shop or any other local business and chat with them about ice conditions and spots. If there aren’t any around or open, stop by the police or fire station and inquire.
After you’ve determined the location you want to go out on, first you need to observe the ice and look for any obvious warning signs such as cracks, flowing water near the edges or up through the top of the ice or even frozen ridges that would indicate that there was water flowing on top and refrozen. These are abnormal surface conditions that are usually not safe. Things to know about and consider about ice is that clear ice that has a blueish tint is generally the strongest. White, milky or opaque ice has been water covered and refrozen and it is weaker because it is more porous from the air pockets. Light gray to dark black is melting ice and is very unsafe. Additionally, melting ice can have a slushy texture, which tends to be deceptive because it may appear thick but it can be much thinner below. Beware of snow covered ice because the snow can act as an insulator preventing the ice from forming below, Once you’ve observed the color and determined the body of water type as a safe category, then you are ready to test the thickness of the ice. You can do this with a variety of methods. The most common is to use a “spud” or ice chisel. Using a stabbing motion, drive the spud into the ice to create a hole and then measure the ice thickness. Alternatively, you can use an ice auger or cordless drill to create your hole and then measure. Remember to measure the depth rather than determining the thickness by how easily the ice surface breaks. Caution: It is easy to overestimate the thickness.
Happy fishing! Selective harvest is the way to go. Colin Crawford’s Guide Service, email@example.com (715) 891-2715 or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook.
12-11 to 12-19
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Well, here we go into hard winter. What a change from our late fall weather, as we are in that dreaded “Polar Vortex” now and for the immediate future. If we don't get too much snow out of any of these systems coming through, we'll end up with great ice. That is great for the rest of the winter - we can get the cold now and the snow in a week and a half or so. As of the time of this writing, 99% of the lakes are frozen over, with ice being created all day as well as nighttime. You can hear the expansion cracks happening if it's not too windy.
There is not a lot of fishing to report on, as only a few anglers have tested the ice out so far. While early ice season can be good, it takes a while to trust that ice thickness. This weeks cold will really set the rest of the season. Look for a huge increase in the number of anglers out by next weekend, and those anglers will be much more willing to go out over deeper water. Don't forget to double check ice thickness as you go deeper, and remember that on lakes that have current such as the Chain you'll have some serious differences in ice thickness in those current areas.
Walleye fishing has been slow to start. The fish, which have been deeper before the ice came, will now start making daily runs into the weeds or shallower water each evening to feed. That makes for great opportunities to intercept them as they come in, setting your tipups at the deeper weed edges in the evening. The most common tipup bait is golden shiners, with walleye suckers a distant second. Move shallower if you decide to stay late, as the balance of those fish are cruising the weeds.
Panfish action is also slow at the start, because it seems to take a while to find these fish every winter. Bluegills are, of course, always in or near weeds. They seem, however, to be slow starters each ice season. Perch are a little easier to find, as you can usually get them in the deeper weeds. Crappies inhabit deeper water in the winter, and will be found over deep mud flats or in the holes on the Chain.
By this weekend, we'll have good ice. Get out and enjoy it.
Good luck and good fishin'!
02 Jan 2015
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The majority of these people were completely new to ice fishing and just wanted to see what this ice fishing thing was all about. That meant "snot rockets" and tip-ups considering the number of people in each group and the frigid air temps. With each of these outings warmth was a priority because if my people aren't at least somewhat comfortable it doesn't matter how many fish you catch, they're going to me miserable and probably will never try ice fishing again... I don't want that.
Ice conditions are improving with the cold air temps of the past week. Monday began with pretty slushy conditions on the ice and we were just able to pull off an afternoon on the ice without a shelter as air temps hadn't begun to plummet... yet.
Tues and Wed were a different story temperature-wise. A shelter of some kind was mandatory. Saw a few guys attempt to fish without shelter but they didn't last too long. On the plus side? A crust of frozen slush was beginning to form that you could walk on. Areas that had been walked on or trodden over in some manner were fairly easy to get across. If you got into "virgin territory" there was slush, and plenty of it, under the snow cover.
Thurs brought more moderate air temps but the wind was howling pretty good all day making use of a shelter still mandatory. If you were from say, Georgia, it wasn't happening without "propane and propane accessories".
The fishing: The past week saw a gradual slow down in fish activity which I've found isn't uncommon with these arctic air blasts. My solution? With ice newbies? Go somewhere so ridiculously easy that even on an "off day" we're going to catch a few pike, and we did. Nothing "red hot" but small runs of flags every 30-60mins. The standard tip-up paired with shiners for bait was the weapon of choice all week.
06 Jan 2015
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Found lots of fish over deep mud flats. Couldnt get any to hit.
Tried deep shallow cribs weeds..... A couple little crappies and pikes.
Finally found some decent gills.....found out that the dad and uncle too, why they were having trouble finding fish and why were also... Bug hatch!!!!!!!!
Them hatches really make it hard to get anything to hit.
So today i invited Austin to join me musky fishing.
He has never musky fished or thrown a bait caster..... 10 minutes later he's casting like a champ!!! No backlashes either!
He did well, and did great netting my fish!!
Hope to get to fish with these guys again, good group!
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Nov 14 to Nov 21 , 2016
Deer: Deer activity has started to pick up, as a quick scout of your hunting area will likely reveal scrapes or rubs. Deer have been out feeding during the day, which increases the risk of car kills. Be extra cautious during dawn and dusk. The preliminary results of our “Summer Deer Observation Survey” show great recruitment this year with lots of twin fawns surviving through the duration of the survey.
An important reminder: There is a baiting and feeding ban in effect for Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties to help prevent the spread of CWD. For more information visit the DNR website and search for keyword “CWD” or for “baiting and feeding regulations.”
The DNR has a new licensing and registration system for the gun deer season this year, so don’t wait long. There are a few rule changes that will make tagging your deer different this year. Give yourself some time to become familiar with the changes, such as no back tag and different carcass tagging requirements (plus avoid the rush of last minute purchases that we see just before opening day of the Gun Deer hunting season). You will be able to register your deer by phone or online, and you can visit the DNR website to see the weekly deer harvest totals.
Canada Geese & Waterfowl: Hunters are reporting varied success for geese and waterfowl. Successful hunters are reporting a mixed bag with reports of teal, ring-necked ducks, gadwalls, mallards, wood ducks and Mergansers.
Upland Gamebirds: Fall turkey hunting in zone 7 wraps up on November 18, so there’s still time to pursue turkeys. Woodcock numbers will drop as the cold front moves through and gets birds to continue their southbound migration. Woodcock season closed on November 7.
Furbearers: Coyote trapping is now open. Both DNR and university researchers are looking for help to radio-collar incidentally caught bobcats and wolves as a critical component of population monitoring programs. Trappers with incidentally caught wolves can call 715-401-1764, and those with bobcats can contact 715-401-1051. Staff will assess the feasibility of meeting with trappers to collar and release the animal.
*Hunting report for the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce based on observation submitted by DNR Biologist Michele P. Woodford
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/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e:-mail: email@example.com
* Guide's Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner "Ranger Rick" Krueger 715-477-2248
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.
* Don Anderson, Eagle River hunting enthusiast, 715-479-8511.
Reports compiled, written & distributed by Creative Brilliance. ©2010. Naomi K. Shapiro or Ray Smith, Creative Brilliance 608-827-6483; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; cre8vRay@charter.net.
Information on LakesOutdoor 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.
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Wisconsin Fishing License Information
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.