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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 April 19, 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).

Open water on many smaller lakes beckoning some hardy anglers who are having good luck with perch and crappies. Wild turkey hunting season in full swing with gobblers responding aggressively to calls and decoys; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Ice is going out quickly, with many lakes open ­ and the bigger, clearer, deeper lakes, will soon follow. Our guide sources tell us that they are confident that there'll be open water for the Wisconsin fishing opener on Saturday, May 2nd.

In the meantime, some anglers are getting out (not much boat traffic as this is written, but that will increase exponentially as soon as the word gets around that the panfish are hitting) for the yearly Eagle River area, right-after-ice-out perch and crappie "bonanza." While reports are very sporadic, our sources say that some anglers have had some great action. This early ice-out fishing bonanza usually lasts for about week or two. So now's the time to get up to Eagle River and get some for the frying pan.

Fish shallow, back bays or current areas in eight feet of water or less. The crappies and perch will be in the weeds or wood and brushpile areas. Use a crappie minnow, waxie, spike, wiggler or micro-plastic on a small jig or under a slip bobber.

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With the ice off all but a very few lakes, we're now starting to fish for panfish in anticipation of the opener for walleye. It has been a good start, with the perch right on the shorelines as predicted. They'll be spawning for the next week or so, depending on the weather. It is hard to predict what this cold front is going to do to the fishing. What a difference from last year at this time! Rain helped a lot as far as conditions go, as we had less snow melt than last year.

We're looking forward to a more "normal" fishing year than last year, and feel that we're almost a month ahead of last year as far as water temps and the general melt. Get your yard work done - it'll be a good opener.

Perch are right on the shorelines and can be caught in good numbers right now. Guys have been doing very well with both worms and with minnows. A good hint is that fatheads produce bigger fish in general than crappie minnows. You're looking at only 2 - 4' of water for most fish - and look for stumps,brush and downed trees to hold the most fish. This is great fishing and will only last for a while, so get out there now while the getting is good.

The crappies are staging for spawning - at least they were until the colder weather hit the area. This cold front might put these crappies out to slightly deeper water until it warms again. Crappies are very sensitive to water temps, and with repeated cold fronts will not even spawn if they persist (like last year).

We look forward to discussing the walleye opener next week, as it's only a short while until that opener.

What a great week for perch!

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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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 hunting is now in full swing in the Eagle River area. Period A runs until Tuesday, April 21. Period B starts on Wednesday, April 22 and goes until April 28. Please note that Eagle River is in Turkey Zone 7.

Hunters are reporting that gobblers are responding aggressively to calling and to decoys that are properly placed. Be ready, with your gun in position, because they may come in fast.

Sunrise times will start the week at 6:05 AM and creep back to 5:53 AM by week¹s end. Get into position well before this, as dawn is often the best time of day.

The weather this past week was beautiful, with temperatures well above average. This has helped to dry out the woods and back roads, making for a pleasant hunting experience. Because of this, we are starting to see tick activity. Hunters sitting on the ground in warmer temperatures need to take precautions, especially against deer ticks which can carry Lyme Disease. Check yourself thoroughly after being in the field. Tuck your pants into your socks, wear gators, or use your own approach to keep ticks from crawling up your bare leg. One tactic that works well is to treat your clothes- especially pants, socks, and shirtsleeves - with permethrin. This can be purchased at most outdoor stores - be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle.

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.