Fishing Lake Info

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
It is finally here!
Enjoy a Good time.
Musky season opens on 27 May 2019
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For those looking the the trout here in Vilas County
Check out Wisconsin DNR Trout map.

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)

08-09 to 08-16
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As we ever so slowly move toward fall, the water temps are dropping on all our lakes. We still have some warm fronts ahead of us, but you can tell that the end of summer is getting here. Fishing in general is very erratic now, with great spells and poor periods mixed together. Water levels remain high, as they have been all summer. Weeds – especially the shallow ones – are starting to turn brown. There is still a lot of traffic on the Chain, but that will start to abate shortly. It has been a busy summer, and it has been nice to see people getting outside and enjoying themselves. Pretty soon we’ll be complaining about the cold!
Walleye fishing remains good on the Chain, with the fish mostly having gone deeper. Those deep mudflats and the holes contain a good part of the population, with the fish moving to weeds to feed on some days. Your best bait on the Chain is half crawlers. These work quite well on jigs, or you can put them under slip bobbers to change depth with on your searches for them.
On the bigger deeper lakes, the best depth is about 12 – 14′. Both crawlers and fathead minnows work equally well on most day. When it is cloudy on these lakes, move shallower into those weeds in the 12 – 8′ range.
Bass fishing remains great, with largemouth in shallower water for the most part, and hitting very well on surface baits and plastics. Look for lily pads and weeds to hold these guys. Smallies are deeper, and generally near hard bottom. Red or brown crankbaits or plastics are working very well as deep as 25′ on clear lakes. Start at about 10 – 12′ and go deeper for smallies.
Northerns are hitting well anywhere you can find weeds. Generally, hard baits with a lot of flash or noise work best for these fish. For live bait, sucker minnows are working very well either with jigs or slip bobbers.
Musky action has been getting better all year. It can be inconsistent, but as the temperatures drop it just gets better. The feeding periods in the weeds get longer and longer, with September being a great month in those weeds. Surface baits and bucktails are working best in shallower water, and large plastics and crankbaits in deeper water. The Chain has been producing some nice fish in the last week or so on surface baits.
Panfish action remains productive, with bluegills in the weeds as always. If you are fishing for them and want some bigger ones, move around through these weeds, as they seem to “size stratify” a fair amount. Crappies on the Chain have for the most part moved deeper, and you will find them mixed right in with the walley in many cases. Minnows are the best live bait, and small plastics like Mini Mites work very well. Perch are in the weeds, but generally somewhat deeper. They’ll also be in the holes with the walleye. Minnows or leeches work best for them.
Get out and enjoy this nice weather while we still have it.
Good luck and good fishin’!

Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

BANG! Ice fishing season is here to stay. Put away the boats (sob) and long rods (sob) and musky suckers (sob sob). It’s time to drill some holes. Let’s get the warning out of the way right here. Take a spud and a friend who doesn’t owe you money with you cuz early ice, while productive, is very dangerous. Be careful, please. The reported thicknesses have varied greatly. Some of the bays have 6″ on them while you can see open water to the main basin. The winds will keep it that way for a while. But not for long.

The guys that are out on the ice are whacking them. Walleyes, northern, & all kinds of panfish are being caught. Now, granted, it’s a small sampling of fisherfolks but it is what it is. Minnows, crawlers and jigging spoons are working well. Yes, I said crawlers. Worms work very well in the winter folks. Meat is meat to the fish and a crawler is very meaty. We don’t use them much in the winter cuz they tend to freeze pretty easy. But a chunk of crawler is one of the best panfish baits you’ll find under the ice.

Kind of a short report today but if you got the itch, northern Wisconsin has the ice for that itch. Because of what the weatherman has planned for this week, this weekend should be a boon for putting your favorite species on the ice. And for those of you thinking about hiring a guide to take you out and have some fun, I have openings throughout the winter.

We’ve got the store all set up for ice fishing. Only a few more shacks to build and we’re done. We just received some Garmin Panoptix today with some Livescopes coming in a few more days. Awesome technology. A little pricey, but wow. There’s a lot of cool new gear this year and we have it all at the best pricing you’ll find anywhere. We guarantee it. Free hitches with most shacks, free cameras with some locators and free additional batteries with most electric augers. If you have any questions about anything call the shop in Minocqua at 715-358-5130. If you don’t get a response as we can be very busy, you can always call me at 715-892-2751.

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Nov 14 to Nov 21 , 2017

Deer: Deer activity has started to pick up, as a quick scout of your hunting area will likely reveal scrapes or rubs. Deer have been out feeding during the day, which increases the risk of car kills. Be extra cautious during dawn and dusk. The preliminary results of our “Summer Deer Observation Survey” show great recruitment this year with lots of twin fawns surviving through the duration of the survey.

An important reminder: There is a baiting and feeding ban in effect for Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties to help prevent the spread of CWD. For more information visit the DNR website and search for keyword “CWD” or for “baiting and feeding regulations.”

The DNR has a new licensing and registration system for the gun deer season this year, so don’t wait long. There are a few rule changes that will make tagging your deer different this year. Give yourself some time to become familiar with the changes, such as no back tag and different carcass tagging requirements (plus avoid the rush of last minute purchases that we see just before opening day of the Gun Deer hunting season). You will be able to register your deer by phone or online, and you can visit the DNR website to see the weekly deer harvest totals.

Canada Geese & Waterfowl: Hunters are reporting varied success for geese and waterfowl. Successful hunters are reporting a mixed bag with reports of teal, ring-necked ducks, gadwalls, mallards, wood ducks and Mergansers.

Upland Gamebirds: Fall turkey hunting in zone 7 wraps up on November 18, so there’s still time to pursue turkeys. Woodcock numbers will drop as the cold front moves through and gets birds to continue their southbound migration. Woodcock season closed on November 7.

Furbearers: Coyote trapping is now open. Both DNR and university researchers are looking for help to radio-collar incidentally caught bobcats and wolves as a critical component of population monitoring programs. Trappers with incidentally caught wolves can call 715-401-1764, and those with bobcats can contact 715-401-1051. Staff will assess the feasibility of meeting with trappers to collar and release the animal.

*Hunting report for the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce based on observation submitted by DNR Biologist Michele P. Woodford

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: 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:

The DNR web site has loads of information on turkey hunting. Go to http://

(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:
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e:-mail:
* Guide’s Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner “Ranger Rick” Krueger 715-477-2248
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.
* Don Anderson, Eagle River hunting enthusiast, 715-479-8511.

Reports compiled, written & distributed by Creative Brilliance. ©2010. Naomi K. Shapiro or Ray Smith, Creative Brilliance 608-827-6483; e-mail:;

Information on Lakes

Outdoor 911 fishing reports
Link to Eagle River Area

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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Wisconsin Fishing License Information

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.

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