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Fishing Information

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


Enjoy a Good time.
Musky season opend on 27 May 2017
For fishing information or regulation updates, visit
www.fishingwisconsin.org


For those looking the the trout here in Vilas County
Check out Wisconsin DNR Trout map.
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/trout/trouT.html

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
09-18 to 09/25
Cranberries are nearing harvest in Eagle River area

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

As one of Wisconsin’s largest cranberry producers, the Eagle River area will host its annual Cranberry Fest on October 1 and 2 to celebrate the fall harvest. The event typically draws more than 40,000 people for cranberry-related tastings, games and tours.

Autumn colors are beginning to brighten area forests. Yellows, reds and oranges currently represent about 20 percent of Eagle River’s deciduous trees, making bike rides and hikes particularly colorful along the area’s miles of trails. For more specific trail information, visit http://eagleriver.org/area-trails/.

Anglers must prepare for different fishing patterns as cooler water temperatures influence where those trophies settle. For a full Eagle River area fishing report, read below.

Fishing Report

Muskie: Baits such as double 9’s and 10’s spinnerbaits, bigger jerk baits and top water are still working. Remember that the proper equipment is needed to use certain baits to make your fishing experience enjoyable.

Northern Pike: Fishing the deep flats with some type of weeds could be sand grass or coontail, Jig and minnow combos are the bait of choice.

Walleye: They’re locating near the tops of deep rock humps early and late in the day. These fish are going to deeper waters during the day, so be prepared to follow them out. Jig and minnow combos are the ticket here.

Bass: (Largemouth) Bass spinnerbaits (safety pin style) and crankbaits are working well. If fishing weeds, don’t forget to bring top water baits like a Scum Frog or a Zara Spook. Texas and Carolina rigging plastics will also entice that fish to bite. (Smallmouth) Basic live bait rig is always a go to presentation; also plastics and crankbaits will work well.

Panfish: For Bluegills, slip bobber rigs are the way to go baited up with a good selection of live bait such as waxies, small leeches and red worms. Plastics are working under bobbers also; just twitch the rod for movement. Crappies will be looking for cover in the weeds, downed trees or around cribs and a slip bobber rigged with small minnow or plastics and can be worked the same way as Bluegills. Perch are in the weeds too, and using a selection of small leeches (if you can still find them), red worms and small minnows on slip bobbers are good options.

*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
09/18 to 09/25
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Slowly but surely, the temps are dropping

Water temps are in the mid 60’s on the water I’ve been fishing. You’ll want to watch the lakes you are fishing because things are changing; a good sign of the changes are that the weeds are starting to get dirty and scummy looking.

Muskie: Baits such as double 9’s and 10’s spinnerbaits, bigger jerk baits and top water are still working. Remember that the proper equipment is needed to use certain baits to make your fishing experience enjoyable.

Northern Pike: Fishing the deep flats with some type of weeds could be sand grass or coontail, Jig and minnow combos are the bait of choice.

Walleye: Find 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 are the ticket here.

Bass: (Largemouth)Bass spinnerbaits (safety pin style) and crankbaits are working well. If fishing weeds, don’t forget to bring top water baits like a Scum Frog or a Zara Spook; adding this approach will add to your success. Texas and Carolina rigging plastics will also entice that fish to bite. (Smallmouth) Basic live bait rig is always a go to presentation; also plastics and crankbaits will work well.

Panfish: For Bluegills slip bobber rigs are the way to go baited up with a good selection of live bait such as waxies, small leeches and red worms. Plastics are working under bobbers also; you just have to twitch your rod to make sure they have movement action. Crappies will be looking for cover in the weeds, downed trees or around cribs and a slip bobber rigged with small minnow or plastics; work them the same way as with Bluegills. Perch are in the weeds too, and using a selection of small leeches, (if you can still find them) red worms and small minnows on slip bobbers are the ticket for them.

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


FISHING WITH THE GUIDES By George Langley
09/04 to 09/11
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FISHING WITH THE GUIDES by George Langley 9/18 to 9/25 We've a lot to talk about, as the conditions are changing on a daily basis out there. The process of turnover is starting on many lakes, and in the absence of real cold fronts will stay with us for a while. In the past, we had colder weather than we have had this fall, and we were farther along in the annual event. This year, with the warm weather, we're quite late and it will stick with us well into October. This process “turns” the water – as the weather cools down the surface water becomes colder than deep water, and as heat rises and cold sinks, the bottom layer(s) and the top layer reverse. This brings up a lot of the algae and junk that has sunk to the bottom during the year as that bottom layer rises. This makes the lake really green and unappealing in appearance, and certainly changes the fishing. The good news about this is that after the process completes, the fishing for walleye and musky can be some of the best of the year. We have a lot to look forward to.

Walleye fishing is improving on all lakes, as these water temps sink in the 60's. On the Eagle River Chain the fish are now heading towards the holes as this water cools. Good numbers of fish are being caught near and on the edges of the holes, and soon we'll have very good fishing for size, also in these holes. While half crawlers are still working well, we also are seeing some fish on minnows. Minnows will be the best choice of bait in several weeks.

On the larger lakes anglers are also catching more fish in the usual fall spots, off the weeds at the dropoff edges. Minnows are working well with 1/8 ounce jigs for this pattern, and it will strengthen as the water temps drop.

Bass action is slowing a little as the temps drop, but largemouth bass are still hanging in cover. Plastics seem to be working best now, but frog imitation surface baits have still been working. We don't really know what happens during turnover to those shallow bass, as no one up here fishes them at that time. We do find them in deeper green weeds after this, however. Smallies seem to school up and feed on minnows more at this time, so look for dropoffs and points for these guys.

Northerns feed as usual at this time of year, but seem to also move a little deeper in the weeds. If the lake is green, use the brightest and most noisy lures in your box. Large chubs as usual are the best live bait.

Musky action is good right now, with the fish spread out all over the lakes. Musky hunters have been catching good numbers of fish over or near weeds, and at the same time others are getting fish suspended over deeper water on plastics. It is time to start using suckers on quick set rigs as this water temp is getting down there. We always feel the need to remind you to set the hooks immediately on these quick set rigs, as failure to do so will kill the fish.

Panfish action has slowed a little, and we don't know what the fish do during turnover as no one fishes them. The 'gills are still in the weeds at this point, but the crappies have started to move deeper. On warm days the crappies can still be found in 4 – 5' of water, but mostly anglers are now getting more fish deeper.

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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Hunting

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.

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/waterfowl.html.


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.