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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 28 May 2016
For fishing information or regulation updates, visit
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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
07-11 to 07/18
Guides/Kids Fishing Day and Artarama in Eagle River this week
Anglers finding success with different fishing strategies in the heart of summer

The annual Guides/Kids Fishing Day returns to the Eagle River area this Thursday for the 36th straight year. It’s a great opportunity for children between the ages of 7 and 12 years old to learn the basics of fishing in a fun and safe way from local area guides and experts. Some of them will be picking up a rod for the first time. Parents/guardians interested in registering their child can do so between 10 and 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14 at the Vilas County Fairgrounds.

For a different kind of cultural event, the 44th annual Artarama takes to Riverside Park in Eagle River between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16. The free event features more than 100 talented artists, as well as live music, food and refreshments.

Much like the types of events in the Eagle River area, the fishing on its lakes has also been varied this summer. Whether it’s recreational boaters hanging out in favorite fishing spots or unpredictable weather, anglers need to remember to be patient and vary their own approaches. For a more detailed fishing report on fish species, read below.

Fishing Report

Muskie: Weeds, rocks, break lines, and mid-lake humps, depending on the lake, and don’t forget to bring an arsenal of baits to cover a lot of water. Remember that the proper equipment is needed to use certain baits to make your fishing experience enjoyable.

Northern Pike: Fishing near the weeds for pike with spinnerbaits and weedless spoons, such as Johnson Silver Minnows, should get you in a tussle with these water wolves. Jig and minnow combos fishing near weeds for walleyes will catch a few also.

Walleye: This is the time you should have a lot of options ready to go to for rigging, jigging, and slip bobbers with a selection of minnows, leeches, and crawlers. This should get you a fish fry.

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 along with plastics and crankbaits will work.

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 actions. 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, red worms and small minnows on slip bobbers are the ticket for them.

*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
07/11 to 07/18
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Conditions-Conditions-Conditions

It is that time of the year when conditions are going dictate your fishing plans. If it’s the weather (being warm fronts or cold fronts, high or low pressure systems, rain, wind or sunny); or it might be the crowds on your favorite fishing lake. Don’t stress tough fishing conditions, by following a few tips and a little change in tactics, it will make your outing more successful. If your hot spot is full of recreational boaters, fish earlier or later in the day. Playing the weather game takes a different approach; remember to slow down and down size your presentations in cold front and post frontal conditions. Additionally, you might change your targeted fish by fishing walleyes and muskies early or late in the day and bass and pan fish midday.

Muskie: Weeds, rocks, break lines, and mid lake humps depending on the lake you are fishing and don’t forget to bring the arsenal of baits you will be needing to cover a lot of water. Remember that the proper equipment is needed to use certain baits to make your fishing experience enjoyable.

Northern Pike: Fishing near the weeds for pike with spinnerbaits and weedless spoons, such as Johnson Silver Minnows, should get you in a tussle with these water wolves. Jig and minnow combos fishing near weeds for walleyes will catch a few also.

Walleye: This is the time that you should have a lot of options ready to go to for rigging, jigging, and slip bobbers with a selection of minnows, leeches, and crawlers. This should get you a fish fry.

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 along with plastics and crankbaits will work.

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 actions. 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, red worms and small minnows on slip bobbers are the ticket for them.  

Also, if you're in the area, the Tuesday evening summer sessions of the Phelps Outdoors and Colin Crawford's Guide Service "Fishing Tips & Techniques" will be starting on June 14th and go through August 9th. They begin at 6pm and are held in the Phelps School, lower commons (4451 Old School Rd.). The seminars are free of charge and open to the public for all ages and skill levels. They are a great way to find out what's biting that week and the best way to catch them.

Happy fishing! Selective harvest is the way to go. Colin Crawford’s Guide Service, crawfordfishing@gmail.com (715) 891-2715.

Colin Fishing seminar


FISHING WITH THE GUIDES By George Langley
07/10 to 07/176
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Mid summer can be a frustrating time for fishermen, as the daytime fishing can be poor. The very best advice we can give anglers at this time is to consider “off light” times for your fishing. The early morning and evening time can be good, and for the experienced angler the night time hours can be very good. Of course, you'll have to give up your cocktail hours for that evening fishing – but it will be worth it.

Water temps are now firmly in the 70's, with occasional low 80's in warm bays after several warm sunny days. The weeds are mid summer – right to the top on all lakes.. These weeds do provide great cover for all fish, and can be good for panfishing daily. Water levels are pretty good also, but have been receding a little despite getting some rain. We have not heard of any unusable landings.

Walleye fishing is poor during the daytime. As we said, it is better during low light conditions or at night. The other major change is that leeches and crawlers are now at least as good as minnows as far as live bait goes. At and after dark look for the weeds to hold feeding walleye on the Eagle River Chain, as the daytime traffic keeps the fish out in deeper water and they come up to feed in the evenings when things slow down somewhat. On the larger lakes anglers are getting some fish in the weeds in 12' or so of water even during the daytime on jigs with leeches or jigs and minnows. Evenings and night time will be better on these lakes also.

Bass fishing remains very good, but the fish have been picked off a little. For the largemouth, look for the heaviest cover you can find on a daily basis, as the fish hold in the heavy cover as ambush positions. Plastics have been working the best, but spinner baits and surface baits are also working for these fish. Don't be reluctant to go shallow.

Smallmouth are also hitting, but the patterns seem a little different this year. It may only be our imaginations, but we aren't seeing as many crayfish as normal, so the fish are hitting plastics and minnow imitations more this year. Look for hard bottom areas for these fish.

Northerns are hitting well in the weeds on all lakes. To introduce a new angler to game fishing, these guys are the perfect fish. Lakes like Anvil are just filled with these fish and they are daytime feeders. Try some Mepp's # 3 spinners or some Johnson Silver Minnows for good results. Large chubs are the best live bait under slip bobbers.

Musky fishing is good, but it just is somewhat inconsistent during the summer. Many of these fish are feeding at night now, so that is the best time for experienced anglers to try for large fish. North Twin is a renowned night fishing lake. All bait types are working, but the most exciting baits to use are surface baits.

Panfish action is good everywhere at this point. Look to weeds for bluegills, and use waxies or worms for best results. Crappies are always near brush piles in slightly deeper water at this time of year, and the perch are in the deeper weeds. Try Deerskin or Pioneer lakes for great bluegill and crappie action.

Get out and enjoy this great summer weather.

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.