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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.

Game Fishing Season opens in

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Musky season opend on 23 May 2015
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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 August 26, 2015:

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).

Musky hitting very well at night. Walleye action adequate, but improving. Northern bite is excellent, with both smallmouth and largemouth bass hitting well. Bluegill action best of the panfish, with perch hitting, and crappies striking hard around brush piles; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area have dropped precipitously, and are now in the 70-75 degree range. Our Eagle River fishing guru, George Langley notes that fishing is in a "general end of summer mode, which means that the water temps go up and down, and lakes conditions are somewhat "green" with algae; but the fishing potential in the Eagle River area will start to increase from this point forward."

MUSKY: Hitting very well at night in the Eagle River area. Fish deeper water, and weed edge fishing is recommended - -from 8-12 feet up to deep water. Daytime feeding windows are relatively short at this point. There are some very good thermoclines on the Eagle River area's deeper lakes. Size of the baits are getting larger, with plastics and surface baits working best.
Regular retrieve, and don't forget to always do a "figure 8" as your lure nears the boat.

WALLEYE: Action is adequate, but has started to improve as the walleyes start moving deeper in general, and towards the holes on the Eagle River Chain of 28 lakes (largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world). The walleye are tight to bottom. Half of a crawler is working best, with leeches coming in second, and a few minnows getting hits. Check out deep mud flats during daytime hours, using a half of a crawler.

NORTHERN: Consistent, excellent bite in the Eagle River area. Very good action in the weeds. Use any flashy lure like a Mepps spinner. A larger chub under a slip bobber is also working well. First the deeper weeds first, and then move shallower.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fish much deeper water ­ up to about 21 feet on many Eagle River area lakes. Only requirement is to find hard bottom. Crayfish imitations still working very well, with plastics second.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Use a wacky worm. Largemouth in the weeds in shallower water. Any shallower cover will produce, including weeds, piers, docks, boathouses and brushpiles.

PANFISH: Bluegills best, and are thoroughly invested in shallower weeds on all lakes. Worms and waxies working best. Perch in the same weeds as the bluegills, but locating on the deeper edges of weeds. The perch are basically acting like small walleyes. Schools of crappies are suspending in deeper water, staying near brushpile type structure in 10-15 feet of water. If you find brushpiles, you'll "strike gold" with the crappies, and the action can be furious. For the perch and crappies use minnows, crawlers, and leeches.

FLY FISHING: With untold numbers of rushing streams, brooks and rivers, Eagle River provides wonderful opportunities for fly anglers of every ilk. And for the adventure of a lifetime go for gamefish with a fly rod on one of the Eagle River area's hundreds of lakes. Eagle River guide guru, and 35 year avid fly angler for musky, George Langley, tells us that it's a memorable experience for fly anglers, but realistically you must be able to double-haul cast and attain distances of 70-90 feet on your cast.

8/23 to 8/30
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Wow. That is the best word we could think of to describe the changes and inconsistency of the weather lately. We have had everything from mid summer heat and humidity to fall 50's in the last two weeks. This has had the effect of both dropping and rising the water temperatures. We call this the “roller coaster” of temps, which makes the fishing equally inconsistent. What we would like for our weather is a long, slow decline in the water temps. This makes the fishing much more consistent as we get into the fall period.

Water temps are now, after this last cold weather down in the 70's and maybe even colder on some lakes. Water levels have dropped a little despite recent rain in the area. Weeds are starting to die off, especially in shallower water. All of this means that fall is starting in the water.

Walleye fishing has been as inconsistent as the weather. On some lakes the fish have started to move to their deeper water areas for the fall, which means they are spread out throughout the lakes. We are still getting some weed action, but start looking for some of that rock bar action in deeper water. On the Eagle River Chain, it's time to check out the holes and maybe even some of the deeper mud flats with jigs and minnows. Our best reports are in the 12' range on hard bottom edges. Crawlers and leeches are still working also. On the clear deeper lakes, the deep weed edges are still producing fish, mostly on half crawlers or minnows. Bass action is great. The largemouth bass have been this summer's “star” fish. They are in weeds everywhere, and anywhere you can find shallow cover up to roughly 6'. They are hitting plastics, surface baits and spinners with relish. Many large fish have been caught, and many good anglers are releasing these great fish to fight again. Smallies are hitting, but deeper at this time of year. Leeches or crayfish imitation baits still are working well for these guys. Every once in a while you'll find some fish up shallower as long as it is harder bottom.

Northerns are hitting well as usual. They are still in the weeds and hitting either chubs or any flashy bait thrown to them. It has been a great year for these fish, with both great numbers and some larger fish caught.

Musky fishing is improving as the water temps go down. We will find that the feeding windows for these fish improve greatly during the daytime as we get into fall, and September will be a good month to fish the weeds for these fish. Bucktails are still the best bait, but the fishing with plastics in deeper water off the weeds has been good. Night fishing is still excellent. Surface baits are best at night as you can track your retrieves best with them.

Panfishing is good with bluegills again leading the pack. They are sliding a little bit deeper as those shallow weeds die off. Worms or waxies always best for these fish. Perch are hitting well in the deeper weeds on leeches or minnows. Crappies and con

The summer is closing – get out there for some comfortable and good fishing.

Good luck and good fisnin'!

From Muskie Matt & RFRG Outdoors
02 Jan 2015
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Muskie Matt Ice Bass

The last week of 2014 found me fishing with folks from Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Georgia, and Wisconsin. Pretty cool, eh?

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.

From Garesguideservice.com
06 Jan 2015
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Gares Crappie

Yesterday I had the grandpa and kid out, Terry and Austin. Looking for walleyes and whatever else could find.
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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Turkey season continues to roll along in the Eagle River area. Those with permits in Period C can hunt through Tuesday, May 5. Period D starts on the 6th and goes through the 12th. Green up has just barely begun, so stay with drab colored camo. Many successful hunters are ³putting the turkeys to bed². In other words, look for birds roosting at dusk, and then set up near them the next morning. But if you find some birds before they are actually in the trees, continue to watch them as they may not roost right next to their evening hangouts.

Woodcock are starting to do their annual mating display. Look for them in grassy openings surrounded by young aspen stands. Just as its getting dark, they will fly up and down in big spiral patterns, singing loudly. It¹s a great show.

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.