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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

Enjoy a Good time.
Musky season opend on 27 May 2017
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For those looking the the trout here in Vilas County
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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)

Eagle River Fishing Report
02-20 to 02-27
The only thing temperatures in the 40s and 50s have done for ice anglers is boost morale. The fish are biting and the ice is holding strong, although some areas near the shore are a bit slushy. For more details on where and how to fish the World’s Largest Chain of Lakes and other inland lakes, read the fishing report below.

Snowmobile trails in the Eagle River area are currently in poor condition due to the warm February weather. For more information on snowmobile trail conditions, visit: http://eagleriver.org/service-organizations/trailconditions/.

Cross country ski and fat tire bicycling enthusiasts can look forward to their silent sport seasons beginning soon, as well. More information about these winter favorites, including trail maps, visit http://eagleriver.org/play/silent-sports/.

Fishing Report

Northern Pike: We are finding fish on the weed edges and in the deeper weeds. On the edges, the set up should be tip ups set a foot or so off the bottom. When fishing the deep weeds, set your tip ups so that your bait is just above the tops of the weeds.

Walleye: These fish are being caught in a couple of areas, in and around weeds. Setting tip ups on the weed edges baited with walleye suckers or medium golden shiners in low light conditions seem to be best. Also, jigging in the same areas with baits like the buckshot rattle spoon are producing fish. The other good option is on the tops of rock humps for good spots in the early evening.

Panfish: Bluegills are being found in the weeds using small jigs tipped with waxies, spikes or tipped with plastic. Perch are being caught on the deep weed edge where the mud meets.

Information for this week’s fishing report was provided by Colin Crawford from Colin Crawford’s Guide Service.

*Fishing report for the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce based on observations submitted by Eagle River guide “Muskie Matt,” George Langley, and Colin Crawford’s guide service; their contact information is listed below. Cross country ski, snowshoe and fat tire bike trails information provided by Pete Moline; his contact information is listed below. Snowmobile trails report provided by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce.

Colin Crawford's Guide Service
12/11 to 12/18
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Before you venture out onto the ice, there are steps you need to take to make sure that you have a safe and enjoyable time. The most important piece of knowledge is knowing that there is no such a thing as 100% safe ice, but you can take precautionary measures to stack the odds in your favor of knowing the safety of the ice before it is too late.

First you must understand that the safety of ice is determined by a combination of conditions and factors, not just thickness. One of the important things that need to be considered in determining the safety factor is the type of water (pond, lake, stream, river, etc.). The type and size of the water will have varying factors such as depth, chemistry make-up, and current to name a few. Other major considerations are appearance (color, texture and features), daily and weekly temperatures, snow cover, and distribution of the load on the ice (not only yours but surrounding area too).

If you are completely unfamiliar with the area, don’t make any assumptions about the ice. There are several ways to inquire where the good spots are and where the known dangerous spots are. You can stop by a local bait/tackle shop or any other local business and chat with them about ice conditions and spots. If there aren’t any around or open, stop by the police or fire station and inquire.

After you’ve determined the location you want to go out on, first you need to observe the ice and look for any obvious warning signs such as cracks, flowing water near the edges or up through the top of the ice or even frozen ridges that would indicate that there was water flowing on top and refrozen. These are abnormal surface conditions that are usually not safe. Things to know about and consider about ice is that clear ice that has a blueish tint is generally the strongest. White, milky or opaque ice has been water covered and refrozen and it is weaker because it is more porous from the air pockets. Light gray to dark black is melting ice and is very unsafe. Additionally, melting ice can have a slushy texture, which tends to be deceptive because it may appear thick but it can be much thinner below. Beware of snow covered ice because the snow can act as an insulator preventing the ice from forming below, Once you’ve observed the color and determined the body of water type as a safe category, then you are ready to test the thickness of the ice. You can do this with a variety of methods. The most common is to use a “spud” or ice chisel. Using a stabbing motion, drive the spud into the ice to create a hole and then measure the ice thickness. Alternatively, you can use an ice auger or cordless drill to create your hole and then measure. Remember to measure the depth rather than determining the thickness by how easily the ice surface breaks. Caution: It is easy to overestimate the thickness.

Happy fishing! Selective harvest is the way to go. Colin Crawford’s Guide Service, crawfordfishing@gmail.com (715) 891-2715 or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook.

Colin Fishing seminar

02-20 to 02-27
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We continue with unusual weather, and have lost much of our snow and some of our ice due to the unbelievable warm weather of last week. One can't help but feel that we'll pay for this with bad weather in March just about the time we expect warmer weather. Believe this: we are not done with snow!

This warm weather last weekend brought out a huge number of ice angler to enjoy the weather. Fishing was good over the weekend. Snowmobiling, unfortunately, was coming to a very premature end in the absence of more snow. Ice thickness now varies from 12” to 16” on most lakes. There is little slush, and at this point it is easy to get around on the lakes. People are still driving on many lakes, but care is advised.

We are getting down to the end of the game fishing season, and to be honest the walleye fishing is usually only OK at this point of the year. The best fishing is after dark on most lakes.

We do have some reports of “stray” walleye during the daytime, but it seems to be only singles. The best fishing is after dark when they come up into the weeds to feed. Under your tipups use medium shiners or sucker minnows for best effect. One hint if you are willing to stay out later is to move your sets shallower the later you stay out. We have a few reports of walleye up in the weeds in 5' of water, as it gets toward midnight.

Northerns have been quite active of late, and the fishing rates a good grade for these fish. They are daytime feeders and will hit well both on sunny and cloudy days. Look for weeds – the same weeds that panfish are in. Larger shiners seem to be the best bait under tipups for these guys. In general, the deeper weeds do a better job of producing good fish. Try setting a couple of tipups and then jigging for panfish in the same areas.

The panfish fishing has been pretty good, with bluegills now quite active in the weeds. They are hitting on waxies or spikes, and the thicker the weeds the better. Perch are now hitting well also, and you will find them over softer bottoms in schools digging up wigglers. Crappies have been in deeper water at this point and hitting well in the afternoons. The best crappie fishing of the year is later in march as the ice gets thinner. Evening are best for these fish is good.

Enjoy what is left of the warm weather.

Good luck and good fishin'!

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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Nov 14 to Nov 21 , 2016

Deer: Deer activity has started to pick up, as a quick scout of your hunting area will likely reveal scrapes or rubs. Deer have been out feeding during the day, which increases the risk of car kills. Be extra cautious during dawn and dusk. The preliminary results of our “Summer Deer Observation Survey” show great recruitment this year with lots of twin fawns surviving through the duration of the survey.

An important reminder: There is a baiting and feeding ban in effect for Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties to help prevent the spread of CWD. For more information visit the DNR website and search for keyword “CWD” or for “baiting and feeding regulations.”

The DNR has a new licensing and registration system for the gun deer season this year, so don’t wait long. There are a few rule changes that will make tagging your deer different this year. Give yourself some time to become familiar with the changes, such as no back tag and different carcass tagging requirements (plus avoid the rush of last minute purchases that we see just before opening day of the Gun Deer hunting season). You will be able to register your deer by phone or online, and you can visit the DNR website to see the weekly deer harvest totals.

Canada Geese & Waterfowl: Hunters are reporting varied success for geese and waterfowl. Successful hunters are reporting a mixed bag with reports of teal, ring-necked ducks, gadwalls, mallards, wood ducks and Mergansers.

Upland Gamebirds: Fall turkey hunting in zone 7 wraps up on November 18, so there’s still time to pursue turkeys. Woodcock numbers will drop as the cold front moves through and gets birds to continue their southbound migration. Woodcock season closed on November 7.

Furbearers: Coyote trapping is now open. Both DNR and university researchers are looking for help to radio-collar incidentally caught bobcats and wolves as a critical component of population monitoring programs. Trappers with incidentally caught wolves can call 715-401-1764, and those with bobcats can contact 715-401-1051. Staff will assess the feasibility of meeting with trappers to collar and release the animal.

*Hunting report for the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce based on observation submitted by DNR Biologist Michele P. Woodford

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.