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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 24 May 2014
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<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 OCT 26, 2014:

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Walleye, northern, and smallmouth bass action is good to excellent, with musky and panfish good; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River area are in the mid to upper 40s.

WALLEYE: Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 15-35 feet of water off of break and weed edges and on adjacent mud flats. Use a jig and a minnow. The walleye are tight to bottom. All day action, and the bite is good to excellent.

NORTHERN: Northern in the Eagle River area are in 15 feet of water or less in and around remaining weeds. Use a crankbait, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallies in the Eagle River area are locating in 15-30 feet of water over and off of humps and boulders in hardbottom areas. Use a jig and a minnow, or plastic craws or tubes. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

MUSKY: Musky in the Eagle River area are off of break and weed edges in 15 feet of water or less. Use a regular sized crankbait, jerkbait, or glidebait, as well as a live sucker (12-18 inches). Use a stop and go presentation with a moderate retrieve speed, and always do a "figure 8" as the lure nears your boat. All day action, with short feeding windows. The bite is good.

PANFISH (crappies, bluegills and perch). Panfish in the Eagle River area are locating in two areas: In 15 feet of water or less off or weed or break edges and over mud flats in 15-35 feet of water. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column, with emphasis on the lower half of the water column. Use a chunk of crawler or a crappie minnow on a small jig or under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good.

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We are probably at this time past the Indian Summer period that held the beautiful warmer weather. While this weather was great for the walkers, bikers, golfers and leaf rakers, it was not good for anglers at all. The musky fishermen suffer the most in this nice weather, as we like "stinky" cold weather for our fall efforts.

Leaves are completely down now except for a stubborn few, and the color is gone. We'll have to live with this gray landscape until the snow comes. More rain has kept those lakes higher than the last number of years and that has made access better all year. Our flowages are filled to the maximum. The grouse hunters are happy with the lack of leaves along with the archers.

Walleye fishing was OK during this period, but nothing special. This next temperature drop down into the high 30's will produce some great fishing for these tasty fish right up to the ice period. Jigs and minnows are working well, and the fish are in the holes on the Chain as usual in the fall. Because of that warm spell we saw more than the normal amount of people out for these fish. As it gets colder and with more wind it does get harder to fish the walleye and we see mostly musky anglers out there. On the bigger lakes the fish are deeper off the drop offs over hard bottom areas in the 30' range. Numbers of fish on these lakes have been good, but we haven't seen many really big fish lately.

Bass fishing is slow now, with these fish hardly targeted at this time of year. We'll see some nice fish caught yet, but mostly by musky anglers fishing weed edges.

Speaking of musky, that fishing slowed a little during the warm front but has been pretty good, with some nice fish and some good numbers caught during the temperature drop to the mid 40's. This next drop coming this week will produce some very good fishing and hopefully some trophies. It is the best time of the year for sucker fishing with quick set rigs, so it is time for our annual reminder to set the hook quickly with these rigs - no waiting, as they sometimes will eat those suckers very fast . It's also time for jerk baits, slow plastics and twitch baits for these fish.

Panfish action has dwindled down to a few anglers fishing from their piers and a few crappie anglers. The perch are in the weeds and the crappies have moved off the weeds to deeper water. Most panfish anglers are waiting eagerly for the ice to appear.

It should be an absolutely great time for those musky and walleye as these temps drop.

Good luck and good fisnin'!

From Muskie Matt & RFRG Outdoors
11 Oct 2014
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Muskie Matt Muskie

Lot of fishing this past week, it's been up and down action-wise. One day it's good, next day it's terrible. Water temps between 48-51. Its also been kind of a draw between fish hitting artificial baits and live suckers. Here's Rodger of Monroe, WI with a fat 40in taken on a sucker, best thing about this fish is it was a birthday muskie! Also for his birthday Rodger was presented with an authentic RFRG Outdoors Dick Dawg! Photo is a bit blurry because we were laughing so much, hahaha!

From Garesguideservice.com
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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Bow hunters are seeing more deer in the Eagle River area. Whitetails are starting to move around, and deer activity in general is increasing as we move toward the rut. We have about two more weeks until the rut really kicks in.

Duck hunting is a bit slow right now as we are in the lull between the departure of the local wood ducks and teal, and the arrival of the northern flights of mallards and diver ducks. But there will birds moving into the area as we get deeper into the fall migration.

Grouse hunting has been excellent. Although we are supposed to be at the bottom of the 10 year cycle, there are plenty of birds in the right habitat. The leaves are off the brush and trees, concentrating grouse in early successional forests. Birds can be seen as they flush, especially if high winds are not present to spook them into flushing wild. There is a nice mix of young birds and older birds, indicating a good spring hatch this year and a population that is healthy overall.

The big fall flight of woodcock has still not arrived in the Eagle River area. But hunters are picking up local birds here and there. We are right on the cusp of the migration and flight birds should be showing up in the next week to 10 days.

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.