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Eagle River, Wisconsin 54521

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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 26 May 2018
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For those looking the the trout here in Vilas County
Check out Wisconsin DNR Trout map.

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)

12-31 to 01-06
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We haven't exactly experienced T-Shirt weather for the last 10 days or so, but we'd sure appreciate seeing 20 degrees one of these days. We were shocked at the number of people who are ice fishing during the holidays despite the frigid weather. Thank heavens for shelters! We have had great ice buildup during this period, with many lakes now more than 10” in thickness. This bodes well for the rest of the year as far as ice fishing goes. The slush is mostly completely frozen now. With only 5 – 8” of snow on the ice, getting around is easy. Pretty soon, you'll start to see lots of cars on the ice, and now you're already seeing snowmobiles and 4 wheelers out there.

The cross country and snow shoeing conditions are OK, but not perfect. We could use about a 4 – 5” snowstorm to improve these conditions. Walleye fishing is OK now, but with the cold weather it is tough to tipup fish and keep the holes open. A warmup will be great, and in all probability will spur activity of all the fish. As usual, people are getting fish in the evenings at the deeper weed edges as the fish move in. Additionally, some are being caught mixed right in with the northerns in the weeds or in somewhat deeper water on the Chain. The most asked for bait is for medium shiners, followed by sucker minnows.

Northern activity has been pretty good despite the weather. The fish have been feeding in the weeds, especially in the green weeds of any depth. You can find green weeds as deep as the grass weeds in 18' of depth. Large shiners are by far the best bait for these guys under tipups. The nice thing about fishing for northerns in these weeds is that if the weather allows, you can also fish for panfish in the same areas. That is why the northerns are in those weeds – to feed on the panfish. Some of the better northern lakes are Anvil, Boot, Pioneer, Deerskin...

Panfish action has been good for those brave enough to tolerate this unusual cold. It is really tough to fish outside, as the holes freeze up, but you can fish inside shacks very well for these fish. Crappies have been hitting very well in some of the deeper locations on the Eagle River Chain on lakes like Scattering Rice. Waxworms tipped on vertical jigs work best. Remember that you have to search vertically for these fish also, as they move higher or lower on a daily basis. Bluegills are in the weeds, as always. Waxies or spikes work best for these fish. Perch are usually deeper in the same weeds. Try wigglers for these fish.

It's tough, but better weather is coming.

Wishing everyone a happy New Year, and...Good luck and good fishin'!

Good luck and good fishin'!

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Nov 14 to Nov 21 , 2017

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.