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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 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
10-02 to 10-08
Five tons of cranberries sold at 37th annual Cranberry Fest in Eagle River

Fall fishing patterns taking effect on World’s Largest Chain of Freshwater Lakes®

By the time Eagle River’s annual Cranberry Fest wrapped up yesterday, more than 10,000 pounds of Wisconsin’s number one fruit export had been sold. More than 40,000 people partook in activities that celebrated the cranberry harvest.

Visitors who made the journey north watched the trees become more and more colorful on their rides up. Eagle River area trees are currently at 55 percent color, with peak colors expected in the next 10 days. The next few weeks are the best time for hikers, bikers and silent sport enthusiasts to enjoy these colors as they hit the trails or paddle the World’s Largest Chain of Freshwater Lakes®. For trail information, visit http://eagleriver.org/area-trails/.

Cooler temperatures also signal an active time for fish, meaning anglers have plenty of reason to find their favorite spot on one of the area’s 1,300 lakes. For a full Eagle River area fishing report, read below.

Fishing Report

Muskie: Bigger baits such as double 9’s and 10’s spinnerbaits, crankbaits, bigger jerk baits and top water are still working. Suckers are starting to be used also.

Northern Pike: Fish the deep flats with some type of weeds (could be sand grass or coontail) to find northern pike. Use Jig and minnow combos are the bait of choice.

Walleye: Finding them on deep mud flats and still on the deep rock humps. Early and late in the day you can find fish on the tops, but they will go deeper in the mid-day. Jig and minnow combos are working well on the mud flats, while crawlers are having success on the rocks.

Bass: (Largemouth) Bass are moving out of the shallow weeds as they’re starting to die. If sihing weeds, (Smallmouth) Basic live bait rig is always a go to presentation; also plastics and crankbaits will work well.

Panfish: Bluegills are being found on the deepest weed edges where the greenest weeds are. For these fish, slip bobber rigs are the way to go baited up with a good selection of live bait such as waxies, and red worms. Plastics are working under bobbers with a twitch of the rod. Crappies are starting to suspend over some mud flats and small jigs tipped with minnows or small blade baits like cicadas will work. Perch are being caught on mud flats using small minnows.

*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
10/23 to 10/30
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It is teeter totter at best

We are still seeing water temps into the low to mid 50’s. You should keep your eyes on the water temps and conditions if things start to change you will need to change also.

Muskie: Suckers seem to be the normal bait now but still throw those big spinnerbaits and rubber.

Northern Pike: Fishing weed edges and or some type of cover with jerkbaits have been boating some nice fish this week.

Walleye: This week we found them on deep mud flats and still on the deep rock humps and early and late in the day you can find fish on the tops and during the day they will go deeper you will have to follow them out. Jig and minnow combos seem to work the best.

Bass: (Largemouth)Bass are moving out of the shallows and lurking in the deep weed edges. weeds because they are starting to die. If fishing weeds, (Smallmouth) Basic live bait rig is always a go to presentation; also crankbaits will work well.

Panfish: Bluegills are being found on the deepest weed edges where the greenest weeds are, slip bobber rigs are the way to go baited up with a good selection of live bait such as waxies, and red worms. Plastics are working under bobbers also; you just have to twitch your rod to make sure they have movement action. Crappies are starting to suspend over some mud flats, small jigs tipped with minnows or small blade baits like cicadas will work. Perch are being caught on the mud flats also using small minnows.

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

10/23 to 10/30
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Continued unusually warm fall weather has brought about a late drop this year in the water temps. At the time of this writing, most water temps in the area were right at 51 degrees, which is very warm for this time of year. Fall fishing is reflecting this warmth, and the usual walleye and musky patterns are slow in arriving. With the heavy rain, water levels are pretty high in all lakes. Color is gone, and we all hope for a drop in temps to get these water temps down to normal.

It is unusual for most lakes to be the same temperature – usually the small shallow lakes are much colder than the big lakes. Turnover is in mid form, with most lakes cleaning up from that process, but still showing some green floating residue.

Walleye fishing is OK, but not as good as it usually is in late October. Again, we are blaming the higher temps for that, and think we'll get the usual fall patterns going stronger as the temps go down. The fish are in the holes on the Chain, and hitting jigs & minnows pretty well. We just aren't getting a lot of size so far this fall. Same pattern on the bigger lakes. The fish are off the drop offs, and hitting OK, but again we'd like the water temps to cool down. Larger minnows & jigs best on these lakes.

Very few anglers are fishing northerns or bass now, as most people concentrate on muskies or walleye. You can still get some in the weeds, especially if you can find green weeds.

Muskie fishing has been improving area wide now as the temps slowly go down. Fish to 51” have been caught in the area lately. We'd like to congratulate Al Reynolds of Milwaukee on his 51” beauty last weekend. The fish are hitting best on suckers and sucker imitations, and seem to be most active right on those weed edges. Jerk baits like Eddie Baits and Suicks are working well now.

Panfish action is almost gone for the open water now, as most anglers have put theirs boats away. A few perch anglers are still seen in the weeds, and a few anglers report some crappies mixed right in with the walleye on the Chain in those holes. It's just about over, folks.

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!

5th Show PMTT Eagle River & Cave Run 2014

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They took off the Logo!


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/ 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.