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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 24 May 2014
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17 1/2 inch Walleye off west dock .............. 24 1/4 inch walleye caught from the east dock at dusk.
Scott and Walleye Adam and Walleye

Eagle River & Vilas County Fishing Report

***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY)
-- as of April 20, 2014:

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).


The bite for crappies, bluegills and perch is good, while travel on the ice has become difficult, again. Spring wild turkey hunting season is open; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Ice conditions remain good in the Eagle River area, BUT, with the cold coming and going and more snowfall, travel conditions are very difficult. There is slush and some heavy snow cover in many places. Stick to traveled routes, and use a snowmobile or ATV to traverse the ice. Our sources also tell us that there is shoreline erosion starting on some of the area lakes. It is essential, especially with snow cover to be extremely/ultra cautious. You may not be able to determine ice safety and thickness, and with currents and the beginning of ice deterioration, we strongly suggest that you hire an Eagle River area guide, who will know where to find the fish, and even more importantly, where the safe areas are.

PANFISH: The panfish action for crappies, bluegills and perch remains good in the Eagle River area. All day bite. Fish two places: Weed edges in 10 feet of water or less, or break edges in 25 feet of water or less. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and bluegills suspending anywhere in the water column. There have been some reports of crappies moving upwards towards the surface, as would be normal at this time of year, but with the cold weather, the crappies have pulled back again. Use a flasher to locate the fish, as the suspending depths are both day and lake dependent. Electronics are essential in this type of situation, or you'll waste both your time and effort. Use a waxie, spike, wiggler, or crappie minnow on a small jig or under a slip bobber. Micro plastics are also working.

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We still have ice, just like last year at this time. But be careful - there are places out there where it is not completely safe to get around. So much depends on the weather at this time of year. The sun is strong. It has burned the ice away from the shorelines on many lakes. I've seen a number of lakes with some black spots where there is either current, springs, or places where there are numerous holes placed by ice fishermen. Even though it is starting to go, the ice will stay through the opener on most lakes, we think, just as it did last year.

The snow has gone down a great deal, so this is helping the general warmth. However, there is still a fair amount of snow in the woods. Those last two snowstorms did us no favors in getting rid of that stuff. What a spring!

For those few people that got out, fishing was for the most part pretty good. We still have that great spring bluegill and crappie fishing in front of us for at least a little while. Getting around has not been easy, but it is getting better as the snow has melted and the top has compacted. Rubber boots are still a requirement, however. The crappies are still in deeper water, but slowly starting to move in and will start the evening feeding as it warms a little and the ice gets thinner and darker. This is the best of the year for those crappies for many guys.

Bluegills have been hitting as usual in the weeds. The afternoon fishing is best for these fish. Waxies or spikes are the best baits for these fish.

Think ahead to the perch fishing as the ice goes out. They will be up on their spawning runs in the next several weeks, whether the ice goes out or not. Any place along the shorelines is a potential fishing spot as long as there is at least a little cover. Warm bays are best. We have found that those who use fathead minnows at this time are getting the bigger of these fish.

Let's all hope that the weather continues to warm and that we are DONE with these depressing snows!

Good luck and good fisnin'!

From Muskie Matt & RFRG Outdoors
12 Jan 2014
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Muskie Matt Ice

Tried a new spot today, 8 holes later... found em'. At first I thought I was drawing a blank but caught a glimpse of something up high in the water, zoomed in between 12-17ft and there they were. Caught everything between 10 and 15ft. They were very high up in the water column today. The bite was VERY light, like unreal light, sometimes just slowly lifting the jig would reveal a fish was holding the jig tho it never moved the spring bobber.

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16 Mar 2014
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Gares Walleye

On some of my lakes i like throwing crank baits for bass and walleyes. Some spots the fish run a lil deeper and even deep running cranks dont get down long enuff to be effective. What i do then is to put rubber core sinkers on the line. I use one just bug enuff to take the crank bait down. I also have the ability to set the sinker so i can adjust how much line is out and the crank bait can run hi or low above cover or bottom. I can work it as fast or slow as i want, this keeps the bait in the strike zone much longer. Plus it gives the fish something else to look at besides your typical jig and minnow or wacky worms etc. !

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- -April 16-May 27, 2014: Spring wild turkey hunting season in the Eagle River area. There are six, seven day hunting periods during the season, and a youth hunt from April 12-13, 2014. Not to be missed. Great fun. Great hunting. Great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin's Northwoods as only Eagle River can provide it. Check with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for regulations and detailed information. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

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.

We will keep you informed periodically of new developments related to hunting as they appear.

(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.