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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 October 03, 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).

Walleye, northern and smallmouth bass putting on a good bite, with musky, largemouth bass and panfish, providing fair to good action; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area range from the high 50s to low 60s.

George Langley's "words of wisdom" regarding Eagle River's current fishing conditions: "If this was a pie, it would be great, but unfortunately it's not- - and it's turnover time. The lakes are turning over, water temps dropping, and we're seeing "green" on a lot the lakes in the Eagle River area. Water temps range from the high 60s to the low 70s and declining rapidly."

WALLEYE: Anglers are picking up some walleyes off deeper weed edges in10-15 feet of water. There is also some walleye action in sand grass areas in 20 feet of water. The walleye are tight to bottom. Use a jig and a minnow – and right now the walleyes are starting to prefer redtail chubs, as the water cools. All day bite, and the action is good.

NORTHERN: Fish over the tops of weeds in 3-10 feet of water. Use a spinner bait or a Johnson Silver Minnow. If you're fishing weed lines, and going for walleye, you'll also pick up a northern here-and there on your walleye rig. All day bite, and the action is good.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fish 8-15 feet of water over hardbottom areas, including rock piles and humps. Use a jig and a minnow. All day action and the bite is good.

MUSKY: Fish deep weed edges in the 8-12 foot range. Medium sized bucktails are still working best. Regular retrieve, and don't forget to always do a "figure 8" as your lure nears the boat. All day bite, with feeding windows, lake and weather dependent. The action is fair to good.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: The largemouth's are still in the heavy, tight slop/weeds in 3-5 feet of water. Use a plastic, or a weedless jig. All day fair to good action, with the bite better as the water warms in the midday hours.

PANFISH: Panfish in the Eagle River area are providing an all day bite with fair to good action. Crappies are suspending in main lake basins in 10-20 feet of water. The depth is lake dependent. Use a slip bobber and a small fathead minnow. Bluegills are still in the shallow weeds. Fish 3-5 feet of water. Use a slipbobber and a red worm. Perch are still on the deeper weed edges in 15 feet of water. You'll also find them in the same sandgrass areas as the walleyes in 20 feet of water – and in these areas the perch will be good sized – going to 10 inches or so. The perch are tight to bottom. Use a jig and a crawler or minnow.

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.

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As is usual in these “shoulder” times, we are in the midst of changes in the area. We are finally getting the fall color, but it is really late this year. We've had enough frost at night to get those trees to their fall beauty. Along with the falling air temps, the water temps are dropping precipitously. We've now got temps pretty much in the 50's, except for some large lakes. Those water temps were really reluctant to fall this year, and the fall turnover came late. Many lakes are still in the middle of this process, but the smaller and shallower lakes have cleared up and look pretty good. The reason we track this process so closely is that the fishing after turnover for both walleye and musky can be the best of the year.

The general lack of rain means that the lakes are down in level a little, especially the small lakes. Weeds are dying off at an accelerated rate with the temp drop, so most fish have moved deeper to stay in the greener weeds. The shallower weeds die sooner.

Walleye fishing has been pretty good, with action on the Eagle River Chain having improved with the dropping temps. In the fall, the fish move into the holes on the Chain and that process is underway. Best action seems to be around the edges of the holes on gravel in depths of 12 to 15'. Much to our surprise the fish are hitting both minnows and crawlers equally. Use slightly larger minnows at this time of year.

On the larger lakes we also have an uptick of action. The fish are off the drop offs a little, and can be caught in depths from 14 to 35 feet of water. Jigs and minnows are best, but as on the Chain we are getting reports of some crawler action.

Bass action has slowed, but the largemouth are still providing some good action in the weeds on plastics. This has been our best summer ever for action from these largemouth, as we northern anglers adopt the tactics of the southern bass guys. Some of this action is still in shallow depths of 3'. Smallies are deeper, but hitting well on plastics also. You can catch some smallies in the weeds feeding on minnows as long as long is the bottom is at least hard sand.

Northerns are their usual selves, feeding on minnows in the weeds. We're still getting a lot of reports of accidental catches of these fish by musky or walleye anglers.

Musky action is good, but musky action is scattered as these lakes clean up fro turnover. We're still getting reports of fish in the weeds, in deep water , and all spots in between. As these water temps drop jerk baits and slow plastics are starting to work better. Musky suckers have started to produce well now also on quick-set rigs.

Panfish action is OK, but we few anglers out for them now. Those few going out are being rewarded with excellent action on crappies in deeper weeds or brush piles and with good perch action in the weeds.

Get out and enjoy that color.

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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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.