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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.
Enjoy a Good time.
Musky season opend on 28 May 2016
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|<17 1/2 inch Walleye off west dock
|24 1/4 inch walleye caught from the east dock at dusk.
43 inch Muskie off the west dock
Eagle River & Vilas County Fishing Report
***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY)
-- as of Feb 01, 2016:
02/01 to 02/07
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Northern Pike: We have been finding them from 8-14 feet of water. Set tip-ups 1-2 foot above the weed tops tipped with a medium to large golden shiner or a sucker minnow. The bite seems to be good to very good all day long until dark.
Walleyes: At this time we are setting up along the deepest weed edges during the day and in the evening we are looking to rock humps that have deeper water around them using tip-ups tipped with golden shiners set 1-2 foot above the bottom. The bite has just been fair. Jigging we are still using rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head.
Crappies: We are finding them deep in the main lake basins suspended just a few feet off the bottom. Jigging with tungsten jigs tipped with either plastic tail, spikes or waxies will get you bit. Bite has been fair during the day light hours.
Perch: Getting them on deep rock bars jigging a tungsten live bait combo of wigglers, spikes, waxies or crappie minnows.
Bluegills: Using small ice jigs tipped with spikes or waxies in shallow weed of 4-8 feet of water.
The weather we are having is making a lot of slush on top of the ice after you drill your holes and could make travel a little more difficult on the way off the ice please be careful.
Happy fishing! Selective harvest is the way to go. Colin Crawford’s Guide Service, email@example.com (715) 891-2715.
01/24 to 01/31
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As we progress further into winter, we've got some pretty good conditions out there – and some changes on the way. Ice probably averages 10 “ on most lakes, with more on the small lakes and less on the very big lakes. We are not seeing many lakes with autos on them yet, and with some snow on the way we may be going to see a little slush out there. That snow will be good for the snowmobile enthusiasts and the cross country skiers, but not so good for the lakes. It's winter - what should we expect at this time of year?
There have been a ton of ice anglers out there with the warmer weather – the only complaint is that we rarely see the sun. All in all, though, the fishing has been pretty good.
Walleye fishing in the evenings has been good, with action from around 4:00 to well after dark. The basic pattern has been the usual one – set deeper until it gets darker, then move shallower as the fish do to feed in the weeds. Tipups set with either walleye suckers or shiners are working well throughout the area. Lakes on the Chain have been good, along with Lac Vieux Desert and North Twin showing some fish. Along with some decent numbers, we have reports of nicer size on these lakes. Some reports of daytime jigging in deeper water for walleye have also been whispered.
Northern action is very good lately, with good numbers on all lakes. Larger shiners seem to work best for these fish, and fishing in the weeds is a must. As usual, the deeper the weeds the better for these fish. Catches of nice fish have also been reported, with fish up to 36 “ this week, and the numbers for most anglers have been very good.
Panfish action has also improved now that we can get around on all lakes. Bluegill action has been good – the trick is to move around until you locate some bigger fish. Waxies are producing along with spikes for these guys. Lakes like Muskellunge, Pioneer, Boot and Deerskin are all producing fish (along with many others). Perch are doing well on many lakes like South Twin. It is the time of year to use wigglers for these fish, and to fish near the bottom over soft bottom areas.
Crappie action is starting now that the guys can get out over the holes on the Chain. These fish move so much vertically that you are well reminded to search through the whole water column for this fish.
With warmer decent weather on the way, get out there to enjoy being outside – and to get a good meal of some great tasting fish!
Good luck and good fishin'!
02 Jan 2015
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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.
06 Jan 2015
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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/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e:-mail: email@example.com
* Guide's Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner "Ranger Rick" Krueger 715-477-2248
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.
* Don Anderson, Eagle River hunting enthusiast, 715-479-8511.
Reports compiled, written & distributed by Creative Brilliance. ©2010. Naomi K. Shapiro or Ray Smith, Creative Brilliance 608-827-6483; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; cre8vRay@charter.net.
Information on LakesOutdoor 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.
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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.