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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.
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Eagle River & Vilas County Fishing Report
***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY)
-- as of May 12, 2013:
Perch, crappies and bluegills putting on a good to excellent bite, with good northern action, and walleye hitting fair to good. Wild turkey hunters entering the final week of the season and hearing/able to locate lots of gobblers. All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
The annual spring perch bonanza is going on right now in the Eagle River area. Fish shallow muddy bays with scattered weed growth. Use a small jig and a crappie minnow. All day bite. Good to excellent action.
Crappies and bluegills in the Eagle River area locating in 8 to 15 feet of water off of break edges. Use a chunk of crawler or a crappie minnow under a slip bobber. All day bite. Good to excellent action.
Northern in the Eagle River area are in 8 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a Husky Jerk in a minnow or walleye patter, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day bite. Good action.
Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 8 feet of water or less. Use a 1/16th or 1/8th ounce jig, tipped with a fathead minnow. All day bite, with peaks in the evening. Action is fair good - -day dependent.
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We were again faced with cold weather right through last weekend, which kept the number of fishermen down. Warm weather this week will help all anglers, as we are still trying to find strong patterns for those walleye. Lake levels are much better this year with all the rain and snow we have had, but the water temps are still pretty cold out there. They were at best in the low 40's through the weekend. The predicted warmer weather this week will be great for all our spawning fish and for the crappies, which at this point are pre-spawn. Much to our surprise, there is some green weed growth on many lakes.
On the walleye front, we admit that we are very confused by what we have seen this year so far. It would seem that many walleye came up and spawned nearly under the ice. The spawn is not as compressed as usual, with anglers catching both pre-spawn and post-spawn fish in the same lakes. This lack of a strong pattern applies to the Wisconsin River also. Jigs and minnows are the most successful bait as always at this time of year, but we have had anglers reporting success on leeches already also. Large fatheads are working best.
Northern action has been good. These fish are early spawners and have finished and put on the feed bag. Minnows work very well at this time of year, and many are caught accidentally by walleye fishermen. Work emergent weeds wherever you can find them.
As far as the bass, it is way early for them. It will be interesting to see if they have a normal spawn because of the late year as far as water temps go. Last year they were up and spawning by this time.
Perch action has been pretty good so far, with many still hanging near the shorelines in cover. Minnows or worms seem to be working about the same this year. Not too much has been seen as far as bluegills, and the crappies have not come in yet. Warm weather will help the pan fishing a lot.
This weather will bring a lot of activity this week as the water temps warm up.
Good luck and good fisnin'!
09 May 2013
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What was very cool yesterday was being on the lake as the ice actually "went out" or "fell off of" as I like to refer to it as. About 3/4 of the lake was still covered with that 3-4in thick, black "candlesticked" ice, when about 4pm I heard a subtle "shooosh" noise, I turned around and the entire lake was wide open... simply amazing! Only moments before I had glanced over the lake and it was covered! That's only the 2nd time I've been on a lake when that moment happened, very cool.
Day on the water rating: 9 - Excellent day Tater...
The woods in the Eagle River area are alive with gobblers. If you are out at dawn, you are likely to hear several birds. This bodes well for those hunters still going after turkeys. The warm weather has really kicked the strutting season into high gear
Although it's nice now, the snow cover did not melt until May 3. This means nobody else has found antlers shed by bucks in the winter. Look for them in areas where deer spent the cold weather months - -near feeding stations, cedar trees, and thick stands of evergreens. You may be surprised at the big bucks you missed last fall.
While spending time outdoors, look how the drake mallards are chasing hens around. You will often see several drakes harassing a single hen. The birds will make radical turns and other flight maneuvers as they try to corner the hen. It's a great show!
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: 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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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.