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)

05-19 to 05-26
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Well, I guess the fire danger in the Northwoods is over after this last weekend. Multiple days of rain can do that for us. Once again, the lakes are high – very high. The water temperature has dropped significantly, and it will take a while to get back to where it was a week ago. These last few springs seem to have that up & down temperature pattern, and it can be tough on the spawning fish.

Look for a few gravel landings to be washed out, and for that high water everywhere. The Wisconsin River is at a high level also and has a lot of current as they are trying to drop the Chain down a little. This makes that body of water hard to fish.

Walleye are hitting throughout the area, with the spawn basically over everywhere. Fortunately, the spawn happened on the Chain before these last two severe cold fronts. What we would like to see now is some warmer water for the weed growth. Last year the water stayed so cold in the spring that a lot of weed growth was severely retarded. Many lakes simply did not have a lot of weeds. Our walleye love to feed in the emergent weeds at this time of year, but right now seem to be just holding in deeper water. This makes daytime fishing tougher.

Jigs and minnows remain the best bait for them now. If you are fishing in the evenings, it is worth fishing the shorelines, but look for the holes on the Eagle river Chain during the daytime. Cover such as cribs or boathouses will hold fish also. It seems that mostly smaller males are feeding the best, but the females will recover and start hitting now. With the dams open now, check the current areas also on the Chain.

Bass fishing is just starting everywhere up here, but this cold weather has interrupted this also. Larger female smallies will often cruise shorelines feeding at this time but remember that you can’t keep them until June. It seems a bit early for largemouth, and we haven’t heard much about them yet.
Northerns are hitting well now, and if you can find weeds you will find these fish feeding in them. Mostly the smaller males are active now, but a few big females have been reported. Use slower spoons such as Doctor Spoons for these fish now. Big chubs are the best live bait for them
The musky season will open this Saturday, and as usual it is hard to figure out what will happen. As with other fish, the smaller males will be more active in the beginning. Small bucktails or twitch baits will work well. For good action on the Chain, try some small Suick baits.

Panfish action has also been affected by the cold fronts. Crappies were starting to move into the shallows to spawn, but have been again chased out by the drop in water temps. This is not good, and when it happens repeatedly some of these fish will simply not spawn. As it warms, look for these fish in the warmest bays on the lakes. Bluegills were even starting to move up into the shallows but were pushed back by the cold. They are the last fish to spawn and will be up in a week or so. Worms are the best for the ‘gills, and small minnows for the crappie.

Hang on, warm spring weather will come sooner or later!

Good luck and good fishin’!

Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide


Sunday, May 20, 2019

After a great week of putting the hurt on crappies, walleye and northern, the weekend came and scared them all away. But alas, not is all lost. Like the terminator, “they’ll be baaack…” The cold temps over the weekend, highs barely making the 40s, 15-20 mile an hour winds and cloudy skies, made a tough go of it for anglers. A few were out but not many. But the forecast looks promising. Warmer temps and more normal winds should increase the bite and put the fish back on their spawning schedules.

Remember, when fish are on their beds they aren’t hungry, just protective. That’s not the best time to catch them. If you do see them on the beds, and I’m talking crappies and bass as the they are the only species not finished spawning, they are protecting the beds from potential predators. The main threats are minnows and other small fish. So throw those small minnows or small plastics that resemble minnows at the beds. Throw them past the beds and bring them back to the bed. Then you have a chance of them grabbing the bait to kill it or move it away from the bed. I have watched many of fish, especially bass, pick up a piece of plastic out of their bed and move it away, drop it, and then go back to their patrol duty. It’s pretty cool. The best time to target these fish is the week before and the week after the spawn. That’s when they are feeding. For the crappies I think it will be sometime this week or weekend, depending on the lake. The bass are still pre-spawn and are just starting to hit the buffet line before they hit the boudoir.

Northern are still everywhere. Minnows, crawlers, leeches, cranks, spinnerbaits and plastics will get them. Just work your bait slowly through the greening weeds. Keep your bait higher in the water column cuz the northern is always looking up above for a meal.

Walleyes have been very good lately. The key to remember here is they are moving to different depths during the day depending on temps and sun light. Early and late in the day they will be shallow while during the day they will slowly inch their way down the water column to a depth that keeps the sun outa their eyes. We’ve have the best luck on bigger minnows lately but we’ve still caught them on cranks and plastics matched to the depth they are at. Keep looking for green weeds and eventually you’ll find them.

Well today I turned 62 and I’m gonna treat myself to a rare afternoon of fishing by myself. It’s always weird not having someone’s hook to bait! I’m heading to a lake I’ve driven by a 100 times but never put my boat in. I wonder if there is fish in there? Hopefully I’ll find a new honey hole or two. And thanks for all your kinds words on-line. It makes everything we do while guiding and at the bait shops worth while.

And as usual we always have 2 dz jumbo crawlers for $5, your 1st scoop of crappie minnows for $2 with any purchase, and the lowest 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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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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