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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.
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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 31, 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).


Good to excellent bite for walleye, northern, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and panfish, with musky bite good. Archery deer season starts Sept. 13th, and lots of turkeys seen; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the lower 70s, with the "fishing action temps" - - HOT. Now's the time for anglers to get up to Eagle River and enjoy the area's legendary fishing.

WALLEYE: Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 15 feet of water or less off of break edges or adjacent weed edges. The walleye are tight to bottom. Use a jig and a minnow or half of a crawler. All day action. Bite is good to excellent.

NORTHERN: Fish northern in the Eagle Rvier area in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a small bucktail, bass style spinner bait, small crankbait or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day action, and the bite is good to excellent.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: In the Eagle River area the smallies are locating over hardbottom humps and break edges in 25 feet of water or less. Use a jig and a minnow or a plastic craw or tube All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouths in the Eagle River area are hanging in the weeds or near/at shoreline structure (docks, brush piles, drowned wood) in 10 feet of water or less. Use a jig and a "pig" (hunk or pork rind), plastics rigged weedless, or assorted topwaters (Scum Frog, Bass Rat etc.). All day action, with peaks in the evening. Bite is good to excellent.

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

MUSKY: Musky in the Eagle River area are in 15 feet of water or less off of break edges or adjacent weed edges. Use regular sized baits: Bucktails, topwaters, crankbaits or jerkbaits. All are working. Regular retrieve, and always do a "figure 8" as your lure nears the boat. All day action, with short feeding windows. Bite is good.

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A lot of rain, mixed with some cooler weather has dropped our water temps some. It is now much more seriously looking like fall, as some trees are starting to color. It's coming, folks. Most landings are in great shape now, with the rain keeping the water levels higher than we've seen in years. Weed development has ceased and we are seeing some dying weeds in shallow water. The shallow weeds die first, followed by gradually deeper weeds dying off. We are much wetter than last year. By this time last year, the ferns along the roadsides were quite brown, and many trees had started to turn. All in all, the fishing held up pretty well last weekend despite the rain. Water temps are now down towards the mid 60's on the smaller lakes, and all lakes are in the 60's, which is very cool for this time of year.

Walleye fishing has been pretty good, with most of the population holding on or right off the deeper weeds. Some fish on the Chain have moved to the edges on the holes and are hitting on minnows. Leeches have become mostly unavailable, so some anglers are reporting success on half crawlers also. As always, evenings seem to be best, but the daytime fishing has held up pretty well. On the bigger lakes, musky cabbage is holding fish quite consistently. They don't seem to be grouped tightly, so moving along these weed edges is working best. The minnow bite will get stronger as the water temp declines.

Bass fishing is starting to change for the fall also. The smallies will have to cope with the crayfish dying off by switching more to a minnow bite, and we will see many of these fish actually move into the weeds to find food as the fall goes on. They are still mostly on rocks now, especially if there are weeds nearby. Plastics are still working very well for these fish. Largemouth are a little deeper now, but you will still find some under shoreline cover such as piers. Wacky worms are working well for these fish.

Northerns are hitting very well in the weeds, as usual. As a general rule, those lakes with deeper weed will produce the best action in those deeper grass weeds on larger minnows. On the Chain we have no deep weeds, so they are in 8' or less.

Musky action continues to be pretty good, with bucktails still producing as the best artificial bait. We had a little action on suckers over the weekend, but it still seems a little early for that. That great fall action is on the horizon, with the best bite of the year for big fish.

Panfish action is good, with the bluegills still in the weeds and hitting worms very well. Perch are on the deeper weed edges and are hitting minnows quite well. Crappie action remains good,but they are spread out now. We are finding a lot of them in 10 to 15' near wood.

Should be a good week for all fish after the heavy boat traffic and rain of the last weekend.

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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11 July 2014
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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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Fall is just around the corner, and that means hunting season in the Eagle River area will soon be here.

Archery deer season is not quite open, but it¹s coming up quickly. The season starts on September 13, so savvy hunters are out scouting now. The Eagle River area is blessed with large amounts of public land, so get out into the forest and start looking. There are two things to look for right now. First, look for deer trails. This will indicate deer are in the area, and will give you some sense of their movement in your chosen spot. Second, start looking for oak trees. Acorns are not dropping yet, but if you can find some oaks that clearly have acorns in the canopy, you will have found a great spot to set up when the acorns fall. The bucks are still in velvet, so you won¹t see many rubs yet. There are lots of young turkeys in the Eagle River area. The best place to look for them is along roadways, especially those with grassy ditches and some grit along the edge. They can also be spotted in meadows, wildlife openings, and power line corridors in the Vilas County Forest, Nicolet National Forest, and the Northern Highland American Legion state Forest. All these public lands are very close to Eagle River.

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.