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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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17 1/2 inch Walleye off west dock .............. 24 1/4 inch walleye caught from the east dock at dusk.
Scott and Walleye Adam and Walleye

Eagle River & Vilas County Fishing Report

***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY)
-- as of April 13, 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).


The bite for crappies, bluegills and perch is good, while travel on the ice is becoming better. Spring wild turkey hunting season starts on April 16th; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Ice conditions in the Eagle River area remain good to excellent, with caution advised as with the off-and-on warmup(s) ice degrades and erodes exponentially faster.

PANFISH: (Crappies, bluegills and perch). There's an all day bite, with action good for crappies, bluegills and perch in the Eagle River area. Fish two areas: Weed edges in 10 feet of water or less, or main lake mud flats in 10 to 25 feet. The perch are tight to bottom. The crappies and bluegills are suspending anywhere in the water column - -day and lake dependent. Use a flasher, as the fish are scattered and fishing windows open ad close rather quickly at different depths. If you don't use a flasher you're chances of success are slim. Right now panfish are not super high in the water column, as one would expect in mid April. Not happening yet. We'll keep you posted, as when the surface ice melts, oxygen is infused, and the crappies rise quickly to just under the ice, and fishing can be fast and furious. Use a spike, waxie, wiggler, crappie minnow or micro plastic on a small jig or under a slip bobber.

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This is Easter week, and the fishing is about normal for that week. The only problem is that Easter week seems to be about two or three weeks later than usual. We have gotten rid of a lot of snow and some ice this last week. But not enough. Overall, it seems to be a little easier to get around out there with the snow melting on top of the ice, but we still have some slush to deal with when walking around out there.

We need continued warmer weather to get this ice off by the opener, and that looks a little "iffy" at this point. There are some open spots along some shorelines. Sun is good, rain is better as far as getting rid of this ice. At this point we are guessing that we have two weeks of ice fishing left on most lakes..

Crappie fishing has been good for those anglers getting out there. They are still deep, so that great spring "last gasp" fishing hasn't started yet. Minnows are best, but on some days smaller baits like waxies or just the minnow heads are working best. Fifteen to twenty feet or so is the best depth to look for them.

Bluegills are hitting some on spikes in the weeds Afternoons are nest for these 'gills as the water warms a little. Just look for weeds and you will find them, and you can see some surprisingly green weeds in some places.

Perch fishing has been OK, with some anglers reporting good action on wigglers. When we think perch, however, we think of them as the first open water fish we will go for in a couple of weeks (hopefully). They will be right on the shorelines as the ice goes out for their spawning run, and are very easy to catch during this period. Fathead minnows work best for the bigger perch, but worms work well too. Look for shoreline cover such as downed trees, brush pile and the like to hold these fish.

Once again, hope for warmer weather!

Good luck and good fisnin'!

From Muskie Matt & RFRG Outdoors
12 Jan 2014
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Muskie Matt Ice

Tried a new spot today, 8 holes later... found em'. At first I thought I was drawing a blank but caught a glimpse of something up high in the water, zoomed in between 12-17ft and there they were. Caught everything between 10 and 15ft. They were very high up in the water column today. The bite was VERY light, like unreal light, sometimes just slowly lifting the jig would reveal a fish was holding the jig tho it never moved the spring bobber.

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16 Mar 2014
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Gares Walleye

On some of my lakes i like throwing crank baits for bass and walleyes. Some spots the fish run a lil deeper and even deep running cranks dont get down long enuff to be effective. What i do then is to put rubber core sinkers on the line. I use one just bug enuff to take the crank bait down. I also have the ability to set the sinker so i can adjust how much line is out and the crank bait can run hi or low above cover or bottom. I can work it as fast or slow as i want, this keeps the bait in the strike zone much longer. Plus it gives the fish something else to look at besides your typical jig and minnow or wacky worms etc. !

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- -April 16-May 27, 2014: Spring wild turkey hunting season in the Eagle River area. There are six, seven day hunting periods during the season, and a youth hunt from April 12-13, 2014. Not to be missed. Great fun. Great hunting. Great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin's Northwoods as only Eagle River can provide it. Check with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for regulations and detailed information. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

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.

We will keep you informed periodically of new developments related to hunting as they appear.

(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.