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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 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 May 24, 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 opener is a success - -action good to excellent, with northern and panfish also putting on a good to excellent bite, and walleye and smallmouth bass good ; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps at the surface are in the upper 50s in the Eagle River area – and with the now ever increasing water temps, fishing action has picked up accordingly.

MUSKY: Very good opener in the Eagle River area- - still one of the best, if not THE best musky fishery in Wisconsin. Fish 10 feet of water or less off of break edges as well as in and around weeds. Use a small bucktail, glide bait or twitch bait like a large Husky Jerk. Keep your retrieve moderate - -nothing real fast. All day action, with peaks coming in the evening. The bite is good to excellent.

NORTHERN: Fish 10 feet of water or less in the weeds. Use a Husky Jerk (minnow or walleye pattern), a white bass style spinner bait, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day aggressive action with the bite good to excellent.

PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch are off of break edges and weed edges in 10 feet of water or less. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending anywhere in the water column. Try the tops of weeds, for sure. Use a chunk of crawler, crappie minnow, or micro-plastic on a small jig or under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

WALLEYE: Walleye are tight to bottom off of break edges in 10 feet of water or less. Use a 1/16 ounce jig and a fathead minnow, or try a small Rapala, as they've been working nicely. All day action, with peaks in the evening. The bite is good.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fish hard bottom sand or gravel areas in six feet of water or less. There are still bass on their beds, but they're getting near to finishing their spawn. Use a #3 Mepps extra deep, the old tried and true three inch tube on a jig, or a jig and minnow. All day action, and the bite is good. Don't forget- - smallmouth bass in the Eagle River area are strictly catch-=and-release until the harvest season begins on June 20th.

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FISHING WITH THE GUIDES by George Langley 5/17 to 5/24 We're on that weather roller coaster again this spring, and have had some cold fronts that are holding back the crappie and bass spawn. This is not good, because the crappies will neglect to spawn if they are kicked out or their spawning area by dropping water temps repeatedly. So far this is the second cold front – the next one will do it, we think. Bass have been coming up and building beds for more than a week on some of the warmer lakes. They hold a little bit better on the shorelines than the crappies, but they don't like the cold fronts either. Let's hope this cycle stops after this front.

Otherwise, it has been a great spring for anglers, as the perch, northern, walleye and some of the crappies have provided good fishing for the whole spring. Pretty much at their normal times also, as it a “normal” spring, despite the cooler weather at times.

Water temps were in the 55 – 60 degree range before this front hit. Trees are now leafing out, and with that comes mosquitoes. Water levels are actually down a little from last year, depending on how much rain we'll get in the near future.

Walleye fishing has been good. The fish went to deeper water after the spawn. But anglers were able to locate them and get in some good fishing. As the weeds develop, these fish are returning to shallower water to take advantage of the cover and feeding opportunities that the weeds provide. Jigs and minnows again are the best baits, and some anglers report some better action on larger minnows such as rainbow chubs or sucker minnows. Most walleye anglers at this point are using large fatheads on their jigs. On some of the larger, colder water lakes, the fishing is about two weeks behind what we have experienced on the Chain.

Northern action is very good. These fish have been hitting minnows happily provided by walleye anglers, and some larger pike chubs from guys actually fishing for northerns. They are in any weeds that are developing. These are such great action fish that it is suprising that more anglers don't intentionally target them Bass action is starting and it is time to remind ourselves that the smallies are on a catch and release basis only. They are indeed coming up on their spawn, so handle them with care. It'll be a great three weeks for these fish.

Musky action will start this Saturday, and it look like most of the small and mid sized lakes contain post spawn fish that are just beginning to feed a little. You'll see some beat up females from the spawn, but most action this early will come from the males.

Panfish action is good, with the crappies eager to get their spawn in if the water temps cooperate, the bluegills just coming up into the shallows, and the perch very active in the emergent weeds. Worms and waxies for the 'gills and minnows for the crappies and perch. Look for these shallow emergent weeds to provide great action in the next few weeks.

Get out there – it's some of the best fishing of the year right now.

Happy Memorial Day!

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.

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Gares Crappie

This cold weather is a good time to see if your tipups need repacking, leave them out side or on a unheated porch. If they continue to turn smoothly they are fine, if they get stiff get them repacked.

If you do them yourself dont use Vaseline or any grease that is already thick coming out of the tube, I like using Frabill sub zero lube. Its also great on fall musky reels!

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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.