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
For fishing information or regulation updates, visit

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)

08-18 to 08-25
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These cooler nights sure are a reminder that fall is on the way. Even though we can still get some warm time, it is noticeably cooler now in the evenings. Hopefully, this year we will get a slow and consistent slide into cold weather rather than the inconsistent weather we have had for the last several years. Nothing is worse in September than a pronounced warm front for the fishing. We’ve had enough rain lately to cool the water and keep the water levels high.

Insect activity is way down from the summer. This is great for everyone enjoying the outdoors. We’re seeing a few orange or yellow leaves, especially on the Birch trees. Pretty soon, we’ll start to see them on the ground. Weed growth on the lakes is starting to recede somewhat, and the shallowest weeds are starting to brown out. Water temps are still in the 70’s, but high 60’s on a few lakes.

Walleye fishing is good, with some nice numbers coming off the Chain. You will be surprised at how shallow these fish will go on that Chain, as the dark water allows them to get up in the 3′ weeds. Half crawlers are still the favorite bait, with minnows starting to work a little bit. Best lakes on the Chain have been Catfish and Eagle. We’re also seeing some fish deeper on the rocks on Eagle. A few anglers have reported some bigger fish by drifting with crawlers over the mud flats – this can be slow fishing but a good way to get bigger fish.

On the clear lakes, the action is still in 8 – 14′ in the weeds. Also, right off the weeds on the drop-offs can be good on many days. Leeches or crawlers are working best for these fish, but soon the action will turn to minnows.

Bass fishing remains great in the area, with largemouth in the weeds and cover near the shorelines. Surface baits have worked well, along with plastics. Crawlers will work, but unfortunately the bluegills will often beat the bass to them. There seems to be a mix of both smallies and largemouth in the 6 – 10′ range on the Chain, with both largemouth and some really nice smallies being caught. If you can find some cribs in those areas, you’ll do well for both types of fish. Smallie like crayfish the best, so any imitation of them will attract fish.

Northerns are hitting in the weeds, same as usual. Use Mepps spinners for the best results, or larger sucker minnows as live bait.

Musky action has been OK, with a lot of weed action on the Chain. As usual, surface baits and bucktails are the best producers on this water. There are some anglers catching suspended fish also in deeper water on crankbaits and rubber. This action has been good at time, but somewhat inconsistent from trip to trip.

Panfish action has been very good, with crappies leading the way. They are locating in shallow weeds on the Chain and being caught in good numbers. Small plastics such as Twister Tails and Mini Mites are working best under bobber is these weed areas. Bluegills are also in the weeds and hitting on worms on all lakes. Look for perch in the weeds also, but deeper.

Not much warm weather left – take advantage of it when you can.

Good luck and good fishin’!

Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide


Sunday, May 20, 2019

Crappie, crappie, crappie, crappie. If I had a nickel for every time someone mentioned crappies this past weekend, I’d have a lot of nickels! We sold so many crappie minnows my trapper had to make a trip from central Wisconsin to bring us more on Sunday night. That doesn’t happen very often. That’s pretty much all the fisherfolks were looking for this past weekend were crappies. And some found them. Depending on the body of water, they seem to be either waiting in the first break weeds for the water temps to rise so they can hit the beds, or they are up shallow wondering why they are there, cuz it’s so cold. It’s a confusing time for them there crappies. But… Warmer weather is a coming. The forecast for this week is very favorable for the spawn to start. Good thing too, cuz some just might miss their chance if this goofy weather had continued.

The flowages and dark water lakes seem to be the best choice as their water temps are still right up there, 55-61, compared to most of the lakes in the area, 52-55. Problem with the flowages is the water levels a rather high with all the rain so the square acreage of water has gone way up making it a little tougher to find what you are looking for. But all it takes is a little sunshine to warm up the dark water of the flowages.

There are more than a few lakes that are doing very well with the crappies right now, especially the ones with dark water. One guy just texted me a photo of 15 nice ones he got in shallow water on live bait. Another guy showed me the ones he got in 5′ of water on popping plastics with a bobber. So put your crappie thought caps on and get at it, cuz it starts now and should be good for a while now. Heck, after they leave the beds is when the real action starts.

Walleyes and the rest have been tough. We need some sunshine to get those weeds growing to boost the oxygen in the water so the walleye will get active. I really think after last weeks cold-down and hardly any sunshine for days on end they are all tired and lethargic. I was on a popular Lac du Flambeau lake on Memorial day and there were no weeds to speak of at all. The the ones that were on the second break were rather brown. That makes it not only tough for the walleyes but for the northen, bluegill and everything else.

Ok, recap. Weather conditions are getting better, more oxygen will be in the water, the fish will become more active and more fish will be caught. The crappies are ready to rock, the bass are staging and eating for pre-spawn and bluegills aren’t far behind. Sounds like a good forecast! Get up here and go get’em!

A small request — if you need a flat in bedding please give us a day or so heads up so we can have it ready for you when you need it. If you want them in dirt that’s no problems as we normally have over a hundred flats in stock. And as usual we have 2 dz jumbo crawlers for only $5, your 1st scoop of crappie minnows for $2 with any purchase, and the lowest bulk leech prices around. Our jumbo crawlers are directly from Canada, leeches directly from Minnesota and our minnows are direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. We also sell bulk crawler flats, $45, and leeches by the pound. No middleman! Fresher and lower priced.
Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at
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– Tuesday, May 28, 2019

5th Show PMTT Eagle River & Cave Run 2014

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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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