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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 August 24, 2014:

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Northern, smallmouth bass and panfish putting on a good to excellent bite, with musky, walleye and largemouth good; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the low 70s.

NORTHERN: Northern in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less over weed beds and off of weed edges. Use a small bucktail, bass style spinner bait, Husky Jerk (minnow or walleye pattern), or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallies in the Eagle River area are off of break edges over hardbottom areas, such as rock humps or rock reefs in 8-25 feet of water. Use a spinner bait, Mepps #3, plastic craw or tube, or a jig and a leech. All day action. Bite is good to excellent.

PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills ad perch are off of break edges and weed edges in 15 feet of water or less, in the Eagle River area. Use a crappie minnow, chunk of crawler or micro plastic under a slip bobber. Perch are tight to bottom, with crappies and gills suspending (lake and day dependent). All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

MUSKY: Musky in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less off of break edges and adjacent weed edges. Use a normal sized bait (6-8 inches): Bucktails, topwaters, jerkbaits and crankbaits are all working. Regular retrieve speed, and do a "figure 8" when the lure near your boat. All day action, with no real peaks, and the bite is good.

WALLEYE: Walleye in the Eagle River area are off of break edges in 8-25 feet of water. The walleye are tight to bottom. Use a jig and a minnow, leech or half of a crawler. All day action with peaks in the evening. The bite is good.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth bass in the Eagle River area are locating near shoreline structure (docks, brushpiles, drowned wood) and adjacent weeds. Use a Caroline rigged plastic, assorted topwaters, or a minnow under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good.

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As we head towards fall, we are seeing some of the change that will grow on us into September. We now see some colored ferns on the roadways, and the hints of color in some stressed trees. We always look forward to the prettiest season of the year, as it also produces some of the best fishing of the year. Weeds are starting to die in the shallows, as the water temps are down in the 60's on most lakes. There is usually an edge to the early morning air, even on warm days. Panfish are still using these weeds for cover, but the deeper weeds. With schools starting, there is much less water traffic now, and the anglers get the lakes back for the fall season to their delight.

Walleye fishing has actually been pretty good lately, with some fish in the holes on the Chain. This makes them pretty easy to locate with electronics and to fish for with jigs and minnows or leeches. We are also finding fish on the weed edges with regularity. Evenings are best, especially on the clear water, deeper lakes Fish the deeper weed edges on these lakes. Leeches are working the best on the big lakes.

Bass fishing has been very good in the last week or so, with both largemouth and smallies hitting very well. The largemouth are deeper for some reason on many lakes now, and plastics are working well on the clear lakes off the weeds and structure. Some big largemouth have been caught on wacky worms. Smallies have also been hitting, as they have moved a little shallower and are also hitting plastics nicely. We have even been catching some of these fish in the weeds near rocks.

Northern pike are moving in the weeds as usual, and hitting on any flashy lures thrown in the weeds. For live bait, use pike suckers under slip bobbers for very good results.

Musky action has been very good on all lakes. The last week has shown some nice fish being caught in the area., and in very good numbers also. The weeds have been holding a lot of fish and the action has been pretty consistently good on bucktails and surface baits. Evenings have been very good for these fish also.

Panfish action has been quite good, with the bluegills hitting very well everywhere in the weeds. Waxies and worms are working in all lakes for these fish. Move around to locate the bigger fish. Crappie action has been very good, with the crappies spread out from shallow water to the holes on the Chain. Small jigs have worked well, such as Mini Mites or tube jigs. Perch have also been in the deeper weeds and are being caught on leeches or fathead minnows.

Look for the cooler weather to produce good fishing this week.

Good luck and good fisnin'!

From Muskie Matt & RFRG Outdoors
09 June 2014
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Excellent morning of fishin, 3 nice waldos and a mess of crappys. Afternoon was slower, couple bass, a nice smallie, and another good waldo. Water temps were running 66-68, it'll drop some more tonight...

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Yesterday i had Luke and Samantha out for ski action. Spilt shift. The morning run we met at 5 a m sammies third cast had a blow up on the top water, nothing major but something, Luke had a follow and a hit and we seen one surface. The late shift we met up at 5 pm and on the first spot Luke had two good hits, you could tell one was a nice fish at the size of the boils from the tail kicks as it took off!! Later Sammy had a nice fish, i would guess low forties hit at her topraider twice, which kind of scared her a bit!! Lol Sammy hasnt caught a musky yet so it was fun watching that!! Had a great time fishing with these two and hope to hook up with them again! Good luck at college this fall!!! So over all score - mudkies 7 L & S - 0! Oh well thats muskies!!

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One of the best ways to find out where and when to hunt in the Eagle River is to attend banquets hosted by conservation organizations. These events are attended by locals who know the area well, and will often help folks that are new to the area. In addition, you will be helping wildlife by supporting the organizations that fight for habitat.

For duck hunters and grouse hunters, there are two events coming up that can be great sources of information. The Plumb Creek Ducks Unlimited chapter, based in Sayner, is holding its banquet on Tuesday, August 26 . Contact Tom Reed for info at 715-542-3994.The Eagle River chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society holds its banquet on Thursday, August 28. Contact Jed Lechleitner for info at 715-891-7633.

Fall is just around the corner, and that means hunting season in the Eagle River area will soon be here.

Wisconsin will host its first ever early teal season this year, and the Eagle River area is a great place to find them. The season will run from September 1st through the 7th, and only blue-winged and green-winged teal can be harvested. The regular duck season doesn¹t open until later in the fall, see you need to be sure you are only shooting at teal. There will be mallards and wood ducks in the marshes at this time. The Wisconsin DNR put together a teal identification guide and quiz, which can be seen at: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/waterfowl.html. Teal will be in shallow, marshy areas with lots of emergent vegetation. A dozen decoys (mallards will work fine) should be enough to bring some birds in. They will come in very low and fast, and may even land before you can react.

The early Canada goose season will also be open during the teal hunt, which will make for some great waterfowling. Many of the flowages in the Eagle River area have shallow portions that will have both teal and geese.

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.