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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.

Muskie Season opens in

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Musky season opend on 23 May 2015
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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 Jan 26, 2015:

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).


Panfish putting on a good to excellent bite, with walleye and northern good, and continuing incidental catches of largemouth bass; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Ice conditions in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area remain good, and continue to improve. Ice thickness ranges from 8-14 inches - -lake and location dependent. Travel on the ice is also improving. Foot travel, snowmobiles and ATV remain the preferred methods of getting out and moving on the ice, with trucks being used in small select areas (only those- - like guides - -who know a lake and area inside-out are using trucks ­ still plenty of thin ice areas around currents and structure- - caution must be observed at all times).

PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch are locating in two areas: Main lake basins where the panfish are holding near structure in 30 feet of water or less. Structure includes, cribs, bush piles, rock piles, downed wood ­ basically anything sticking out of the mud to create transition. Also fish shallow weeds in 15 feet of water or less. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending in association with structure. Use a crappie minnow, waxie, spike, wiggler or micro-plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

WALLEYE: Fish break edges in 25 feet of water or less. Use a small to medium shiner or walleye sucker on a tip up. Place your bait in the bottom foot of the water column as the walleye are tight to bottom. You can also use a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head. All day action with peaks around sunset, and the bite is good.

NORTHERN: Northerns are locating off of break edges and adjacent weed edges in 15 feet of water or less. Use a medium to large shiner or northern sucker under a tip up. You can also use a large jigging spoon. Place your bait approximately halfway down in the water column. All day action and the bite is good.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth bass are continuing to be caught incidental to anglers going for walleye and northern. Best results are coming in shallower water - -15 feet or less- - in and around weeds. Mixed bag on sizes.

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With weather a little more like winter out there,it is still much, much nicer than last year. A lot of people got out to enjoy the nice weekend and get some ice fishing in, which is great for this time of year. We hope that we get a lot more of this type of winter, to make up for last years "super winter".

Ice conditions are OK, although there is some slush on many lakes. The amount of this slush seems to very from lake to lake. Many lakes have some roads plowed on them, and all have had snowmobiles make trails around. It appears we're going to get a little snow at the time of this writing, but not enough to cause any problems or to make some more slush.

The cross country skiing and the snow shoe opportunities are great this year. So far, it's been a great winter for outdoor sports.

Walleye fishing has been OK, but not super. We seem to be in a little but of a size slow period, as we haven't heard about too many decent fish in the last week. Most anglers report a few fish nightly, but no big runs of fish. The best time is still the later evening period, with tip-ups set with either golden shiners or sucker minnows. On the Chain, the most productive depths to set those tip-ups seems to be in the 8 - 10 ' range.

Northerns have been hitting well on most days. Larger shiners set over weeds work best, and set those shiners 1' over the tops of the weeds. The deeper the wees the better/ Try Anvil lake as a "sleeper" deep weed northern lake.

Panfish action is good, with all types hitting around the area. Crappies have been especially good all year, and are established in the holes on the Chain, including the Three Lakes end. While these fish can be in deep water, they are not necessarily right on the bottom, so do some vertical searching also before you decide to move, Vertical jigs tipped with waxies work well, but tip downs with minnows are working also. Perch are working on most lakes near the bottom feeding on wigglers. Bluegills are in the weeds on all lakes. Spikes are best for these guys, and the bite has been pretty consistent.

All in all, it'll be a good January week for ice fishing.

Good luck and good fisnin'!

From Muskie Matt & RFRG Outdoors
02 Jan 2015
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Muskie Matt Ice Bass

The last week of 2014 found me fishing with folks from Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Georgia, and Wisconsin. Pretty cool, eh?

The majority of these people were completely new to ice fishing and just wanted to see what this ice fishing thing was all about. That meant "snot rockets" and tip-ups considering the number of people in each group and the frigid air temps. With each of these outings warmth was a priority because if my people aren't at least somewhat comfortable it doesn't matter how many fish you catch, they're going to me miserable and probably will never try ice fishing again... I don't want that.

Ice conditions are improving with the cold air temps of the past week. Monday began with pretty slushy conditions on the ice and we were just able to pull off an afternoon on the ice without a shelter as air temps hadn't begun to plummet... yet.

Tues and Wed were a different story temperature-wise. A shelter of some kind was mandatory. Saw a few guys attempt to fish without shelter but they didn't last too long. On the plus side? A crust of frozen slush was beginning to form that you could walk on. Areas that had been walked on or trodden over in some manner were fairly easy to get across. If you got into "virgin territory" there was slush, and plenty of it, under the snow cover.

Thurs brought more moderate air temps but the wind was howling pretty good all day making use of a shelter still mandatory. If you were from say, Georgia, it wasn't happening without "propane and propane accessories".

The fishing: The past week saw a gradual slow down in fish activity which I've found isn't uncommon with these arctic air blasts. My solution? With ice newbies? Go somewhere so ridiculously easy that even on an "off day" we're going to catch a few pike, and we did. Nothing "red hot" but small runs of flags every 30-60mins. The standard tip-up paired with shiners for bait was the weapon of choice all week.

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06 Jan 2015
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Gares Crappie

This cold weather is a good time to see if your tipups need repacking, leave them out side or on a unheated porch. If they continue to turn smoothly they are fine, if they get stiff get them repacked.

If you do them yourself dont use Vaseline or any grease that is already thick coming out of the tube, I like using Frabill sub zero lube. Its also great on fall musky reels!

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Next up will be Spring Turkey Season

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.