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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 23 May 2015
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DNR Trout Video
|<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)
-- as of Jan 18, 2015:
Northern and panfish putting on a good to excellent bite, with walleye good, and some largemouth bass being caught, as well; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Ice conditions in the Eagle River area continue to improve with 6-14 inches of ice on area lakes (lake and area dependent). There is slush in untraveled areas. It's suggested that for ease of travel and maximum safety, stick to areas that are being fished by other anglers. The travel in these areas is good. Anglers are using foot travel, ATV's and snowmobiles. Some anglers are going out in trucks, but our guide sources do not recommend doing this. Too many "iffy" areas when it comes to ice safety.
NORTHERN: Fish 12 feet of water or less off of break edges and on weed beds. Use a medium to large shiner or northern sucker under a tip up. Place your bait about half way down in the water column. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.
PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch are locating in two areas. Fish main lake mudflats in 15 feet of water or more, targeting structure such as brush piles, rock piles and cribs. OR try shallow weed beds in 15 feet of water or less. Perch are tight to bottom, and the crappies and gills are suspending in relation to structure like brush piles, rock piles and cribs. Use a crappie minnow, waxie, spike or wiggler on a small jig or under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.
WALLEYE: Fish break edges in 6-30 feet of water. The walleyes are tight to bottom. Use a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head, or a small to medium shiner or walleye sucker under a tip up. Place your bait about a foot off the bottom. All day action with peaks around sunset, and the bite is good.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Ice anglers going for walleye and northern are getting some incidental hits from largemouth bass, especially in shallow water set-ups. Mixed bag on sizes.
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Finally- an almost perfect weekend for ice fishing! We sure saw a lot of people out enjoying the ice fishing possibilities and the weather. We never did have a weekend that nice over the whole winter last year! Our ice conditions are OK - some slush, but nothing like last winter. We have ice thickness in the 10 - 14" range, and there are ice roads on some of the bigger lakes. Nevertheless, be careful out there, as those lakes with current or springs can still have some thin spots.
The general experience of most anglers is that the walleye fishing is just OK, but the northern fishing is good during the afternoons. We've noticed over the years that it can be very inconsistent - one angler comes in for bait happy as a clam because he's doing so well, and the next person is equally unhappy because he can't catch a thing. So far this year, the most consistent fishing has been for crappie.
As I said, walleye are doing OK, but not great. That cold weather we experienced just killed the number of anglers out there, so we simply lost contact with the fish for a week or so. A good number of smaller fish have been reported lately, with just a few big fish caught. As always, tipup action with either sucker minnows or medium golden shiners work best for all anglers. Look for slightly deeper water, but you can move into weeds after dark. Stay later - the action seems to be much later into the night this year.
Northern action, as we said above, has been both consistent and good this year. As with the walleyes, we had few anglers out there during that frigid weather, but a lot more over this last weekend. Most of the fish seem to be in the 20 - 28' range, but a few nicer fish have been coming in. The great thing about these guys is that they are daytime feeders, so you can get out during those nice days, and do some walleye fishing later in the evenings if you are so inclined. Large shiners under tipups work best, and look for some deeper weeds to set the bait. Set your shiners about 1' above the tops of the weeds.
Panfish action has been pretty good for those anglers willing to get out there. Deeper water, like the holes on the Chain, have been producing crappies nicely. We see the experienced anglers setting a tipdown or two, along with using one jigging pole with a vertical jig and a waxie. Use minnows on the tipdowns, or set for a walleye with a shiner even in the holes. Perch have been hitting well now on wigglers fished right near the bottom on many lakes. Fish in the deeper parts of the weeds, or right off the edge of those weeds. Bluegills are in the weeds and hitting spikes well. Move around and search for bigger fish.
With better weather now, we'll see a lot of people out there.
Good luck and good fisnin'!
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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Next up will be Spring Turkey Season
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.