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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 July 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).

Northern, panfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass hitting hard, with good action for musky and walleye. Watch for hunting reports starting in mid-August; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the lower to mid 70s. And while the weather is summer-warm, the fishing is getting even 'hotter." Now's the perfect time to get up to Eagle River, have a lot of fun, catch a lot of fish, and enjoy the pristine natural beauty and community activities that have made Eagle River, the "go to" destination for visitors for over 150 years.

Get your hunting gear, licenses, and Eagle River reservations set, and watch for our Eagle River hunting reports, beginning in mid-August. Great season anticipated.

NORTHERN: Fish weed beds and weed edges in 15 feet of water or less. The northerns are putting on an aggressive bite. Use a small bucktail, bass style spinner bait, minnow bait, or try a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch are locating off of weed edges and break edges in 15 feet of water or less. Concentrate on windblown weeds. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column. Start deep and work your way up. Use a crappie minnow, small leech, waxie or chunk of crawler on a jig or under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fish break edges and rock humps, and also try the transition areas from hardbottom to mud. The smallies are hanging in all of these areas, and don't hesitate to try the very edges of the transition areas, as well. Fish 30 feet of water or less. Use a plastic tube, craw, Senko rigged wacky, or a jig and a leech or minnow. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fish shoreline structure (docks, weeds, drowned trees, brush piles and shallow cribs) in 10 feet of water or less. Use a plastic rigged weedless, spinner bait, buzz bait or miscellaneous topwaters like a Bass Rat or Heddon Torpedo; also work a minnow under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

MUSKY: Fish weed edges and adjacent break edges in 15 feet of water or less. Use a small to medium size bucktail, topwater, crankbait or jerkbait. Regular retrieve, and always do a "figure 8" as your lure nears the boat - -lots of muskies are caught this way. All day action and the bite is good.

WALLEYE: Fish break edges and adjacent mud flats in 30 feet of water or less. The walleyes are tight to bottom. Use a jig and a minnow, leech or half of a crawler. All day action with peaks in the evening, and the bite is good.

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- - like in "musky" and "northern". The Eagle River Chamber of Commerce (contact information below) can put you in touch with guides who specialize in fly fishing and those guides will provide you with one of the great memories you'll ever have.

7/05 to 7/12
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As we progress towards mid summer, our water temps are now in the 70's and getting warmer. This is comfortable enough for all water sports. With some rain, the lakes are higher than last year and that drought is a thing of the past for all except for the drainage lakes that were so low. Water activity will be the highest of the year for the next 6 weeks. So be courteous out there with the crowds. The biggest complaint we hear from all people is personal watercraft coming too close to boats. Weeds are now coming up well, and providing cover for fish on all lakes. It's going to be a great period for all water sports.

Walleye fishing has been pretty good now that we are through with the mayfly hatch, and the fish are very strongly in the summer patterns. You'll find fish in the weeds and in deeper water, as they are seeking to avoid the heavy traffic and the sun penetration during the daytime. All live bait types work well during this period, including crawlers, beavertails, leeches and minnows. The best time to fish for these guys is in the evening, but daytime fishing can be good also. The larger lakes are experiencing the same patterns, with a slight bump towards the low light fishing. Also, the weeds are deeper on these bigger lakes and you should fish the deepest weeds possible on clear lakes.

Northern action is good now, with fish strongly concentrating on weeds. Musky cabbage type weeds, whether deep or shallower, seem to be a huge attractant for these fish. Chubs work best, but and type of spinner or flashy bait will work also.

Bass action has been good, but not as good as several weeks ago. The smallies have transited to deeper water, but have been a little harder to find. They'll get situated and feeding on crayfish and will be more consistent in the near future. Largemouth have been in shallow cover areas for some time now. Try some surface baits or poppers for these fish with the warmer water now.

Musky action has been good on all sizes of lakes. The fish are mixed as to location, with many suspended fish but also some up at any time staging "feeding hours" in the weed areas. It is time to utilize moon phases and to watch weather closely (for incipient storms) to find the best feeding periods for these fish. Night fishing for these fish is always a good option during the summer period. As far as baits, just about everything is working at this time, from the deep plastics to surface baits.

Panfish action is good now, with crappie fishing working well in shoreline cover and in the deeper weed edges. Small tube jigs or Mini Mites work best for these fish. Bluegills remain in the weeds and can stay quite shallow at this time. Evenings best for them. Perch are in the deeper weeds on all lakes and acting like small walleye. Everything works for them, including the smaller plastics.

Try mornings and evenings to escape the boating traffic.

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.