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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.

Muskie Season opens in

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Musky season opend on 23 May 2015
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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)
-- as of November 30, 2014:

Eagle River, Wisconsin: Snowmobile Capital of the World®, Hockey Capital of Wisconsin, World's Largest Chain of 28 Lakes (Eagle River Chain O'Lakes named one of the "7 Natural Wonders of Wisconsin" by Travel Wisconsin.com/Wisconsin Department of Tourism).


Ice conditions continue to improve, with walleye, northern and panfish providing good to excellent action through the ice; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Ice conditions continue to improve, with 5-7 inches of ice on most Eagle River area lakes. Anglers are getting out using foot travel, and some ATV's and snowmobiles (don't forget - -the Eagle River snowmobile trails opened on December 12th ­ come on up and get a "two-fer" ­ great snowmobiling and some legendary ice fishing, as only Eagle River can provide).

WALLEYE: Fish break edges and weed edges in 25 feet of water or less. Use a walleye sucker or a small shiner under a tip-up, and place your bait in the bottom foot of the water column (the walleye are tight to bottom). All day action with peaks in the evening. The bite has been good to excellent.

NORTHERN: Fish 10 feet of water or less in and around remaining weeds. Use a medium to large northern sucker minnow or shiner under a tip-up. Position your bait just above the weeds. All day action and the bite has been good to excellent.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Anglers going for walleye and northern are catching some "accidental" largemouth bass who are hitting their tip-ups in 15 feet of water off of weed and break edges.

PANFISH: (Crappies, bluegills and perch). Fish two locations: Shallow weeds in 10 feet of water or less, or main lake mud flats in 10-30 feet of water. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending in the bottom half of the water column. Use a crappie minnow, spike, waxie or small plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

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Unexpectedly warm weather has improved the ice conditions somewhat, in that it has compressed the snow on the ice to a minimal amount. It is pretty easy to get around on the ice at the time of this writing, so a lot of people took advantage of that over the weekend. The snow conditions have deteriorated, however, and we are now hoping for some snow to improve the lot for the skiers and the snowshoe fans. This really warm weather was something we never got all winter last year. The fishing has pretty good, with a lot of panfish and northerns caught during the daytime and a fair amount of walleye during the evening feeding periods.

Walleye fishing was OK, with the usual patterns holding well during the last weekend. Tipup anglers using either shiners or suckers caught fish in decent numbers, but much not much to speak of for size. A few anglers also reported catching some walleye on jigging rods in 12 - 20' of water in the afternoon. As we can now get around on 4 wheelers on most lakes, anglers are now able to reach some of the holes on the Chain and they are getting some walleye and some crappies out in deeper water.

Northern fishing has been good and active. Afternoons are best, with angler getting fish on larger shiners and sucker minnows under tipups. These fish are being caught in weed areas, with some of the deeper weeds producing well. Just set the bait right above the weeds, no matter what depth you are fishing. Smaller lakes have been better than the larger lakes so far.

Panfish action has also been good. Crappie action has started well for the winter, with anglers getting crappie in slightly deeper water a the deeper end of the weeds. Bright jigging spoons with waxies on them have been working. Deadstick fishing with minnows has also produced some decent numbers. Bluegills have been in the shallower weeds and hitting pretty well at this point of waxies. Look in the 5' range for these fish. Perch are in the deeper weeds and hitting waxies and minnows quite well.

With a good forecast for quite nice weather during the week, it will be a great period to get out there. Access is easy this year.

Good luck and good fisnin'!

From Muskie Matt & RFRG Outdoors
09 Dec 2014
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Muskie Matt Ice Bass

Got out this evening for a bit, we did a little "backcountry" fishin' for waldos. Lemme tell ya, it was DARK out there, not one light... zilch, nada, not one lumen. You'd swear Bigfoot was behind the next tree, hanging just in the shadows edge, or about to bolt across the road in front of us, hahaha! Little creepy. Only way to get back was to follow our tracks from heading out.

We had 7-8in of ice, good action with a lot of flags, only caught a bunch of dinkers though. All tip-up fishin' using shiners and sucker minnows. Caught fish all over from 6ft to 20ft deep. Had a blast, worth all the effort.

Also worth mentioning, the fog from last night had coated all the trees in heavy frost, quite pretty...

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11 July 2014
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Gares Crappie

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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The gun season for deer is open across Wisconsin. In the Eagle River area, the main feature of this year¹s opener has been the 20+ inches of snow in the woods. The excellent tracking has made finding concentrations of deer easier, and has helped hunters find down deer. But getting to remote deer stands and getting harvested deer out of the woods has been much more difficult than in years with less snow. Hunters are reporting that deer, both does and bucks, have been quite active even though the rut is past its prime. Deer numbers appear to be somewhat better than previously thought.

Grouse season is still open, although bird hunting is on the back burner as most folks in the woods are looking for deer. For safety¹s sake, make sure you and your dog are both wearing lots of orange if you are out looking for grouse.

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.