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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 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 March 29, 2015:

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).


Good bite for crappies, bluegills and perch through the ice. Spring wild turkey hunting season looks promising; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Good bite for crappies, bluegills and perch through the ice. Spring wild turkey hunting season looks promising; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Ice conditions in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area remain good. 10-25 inches of ice (lake dependent). With the recent snowfall it's harder to "read the ice," so EXTREME caution is strongly recommended. ATV's, snowmobiles, foot travel are all being used to get out. Our guide sources tell us that truck or car travel is definitely not recommended. There had been some erosion along lake shorelines, but the recent temperature drop has slowed that action.

PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch are hitting in two locations in the Eagle River area. Fish main lake mudflats or basins in 35 feet of water or less. Look for structure- - contour changes, rock humps, brush piles, cribs and depressions. You can also get action by fishing weed or break edges in 15 feet of water or less. Perch are tight to bottom. Crappies and gills are suspending up-and-down the water column (at this time or year, the suspending panfish are usually headed upward towards the surface, but because of the colder weather that isn¹t happening yet, as the upward fish movement moves in conjunction with a real good and consistent ice melt - -that will come, but it's not here yet). Use a waxie, spike, wiggler, crappie minnow or micro-plastic on a small jig or under a slip bobber. All day action, and the bite is good.

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Ice conditions have not changed much in the past week. We still have 20 inches or more of ice on most area lakes. Cold nights have prevented the shoreline ice and landings from melting and breaking up very much, so anglers are still able to get out on the ice without much problem area-wide. Slippery ice conditions are the only issue right now, as all the snow melted and then froze to create a smooth ice surface. You will definitely want to wear cleats and creepers out there.

Crappie fishing has been decent. These fish have been very active some days and very slow on other days. You will find these fish suspended in deep water usually 2 to 5 feet off the bottom. On some lakes crappies are being caught more consistently in the weeds. As usual, crappie minnows and rosey reds are the best bait for crappies. Some anglers have had better luck with wigglers, spikes and waxies, especially on sunny days.

Perch action has been pretty good, as these fish are feeding more actively in preparation for the spawn. These fish can be found moving into bays near their annual spawning areas, usually in depths of 10 to 15 feet. Many different live baits have been working for perch including minnows, waxies, and wigglers. We've also had some reports of success with artificial lures like Swedish Pimples, Forage Minnows, and plastics.

Bluegill action has been good over the past week. These fish are still suspended with the crappies on some lakes, but they are also starting to move up into shallow weeds in the afternoons. Waxies work as good as anything for these fish, but they are also hitting finesse plastics and scented plastics such as Gulp Alive.

The end of the ice fishing season is in sight, but we still have plenty of nice days left to get out on there and catch some panfish. Good luck and good fishin'!

Good luck and good fisnin'!

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.

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Gares Crappie

This cold weather is a good time to see if your tipups need repacking, leave them out side or on a unheated porch. If they continue to turn smoothly they are fine, if they get stiff get them repacked.

If you do them yourself dont use Vaseline or any grease that is already thick coming out of the tube, I like using Frabill sub zero lube. Its also great on fall musky reels!

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Unlike the brutal spring weather we experienced the last two years, turkey hunters in the Eagle River area will see a return to more normal spring hunting conditions in 2015. Currently, there are several inches of crusty snow left in the woods. By the time the first turkey season opens on April 15, we should see some more melting. The meadows and open areas that are preferred by turkey hunters are generally free of deep snow, especially the north side of meadows that catch more sun. Overall, the winter was somewhat milder, which allowed more turkeys to survive into the spring. More backroads will be open for scouting birds and hunting areas, but be aware of lingering snow drifts and muddy terrain. We are already starting to see a few toms strutting and showing off for the hens. With the Eagle River area showing long term increases in turkey numbers, and lots of public land to roam, the area will be a great destination for the spring turkey season.

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.