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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.
Enjoy a Good time.
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Eagle River & Vilas County Fishing Report
***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY)
-- as of May 19, 2013:
Northern, perch, crappies and bluegills all providing good action, with walleye fair to good. All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
All lakes in the Eagle River area are well open and providing good fishing action. Best bet would be to first try the Eagle River Chain of 28 lakes (longest freshwater chain of lakes in the world).
Northern in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a Husky Jerk in a minnow or walleye pattern, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day bite. Good action.
Perch in the Eagle River area are tight to bottom in 8 feet of water or less, over muddy bottom with scattered weeds. Use a small jig tipped with a minnow or crawler. All day bite. Action is good.
Crappies and bluegills in the Eagle River area are suspending up and down the water column off of break edges in 8 to 15 feet of water. Use a crappie minnow or chunk of crawler under a slip bobber. All day bite. Good action.
Walleye in the Eagle River area are locating in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. The walleye are tight to bottom. Use a 1/8th or 1/16th ounce jig tipped with a fathead minnow. All day bite with peaks in the evening. Action is fair to good.
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It's going to be a great week, folks, from a fishing standpoint. The water is warming up nicely now, and on the Chain the crappies have started their spawn. We are really seeing some green with the little rain we've had by the time of this writing. Many buds have been knocked off the trees and they are starting to leaf out nicely. What a great time of year! The lakes are much higher than last year, and some rain will help them stay that way.
So, this fisherman/husband dies and his wife is at the newspaper for the obituary. She tells the paper to just say: “Bud is dead.” The newspaper tells her that there is a 6 word minimum for obituaries. She says: “Bud is dead. Boat for sale.”
Walleye fishing is good now, with the small and mid sized lakes now done with the spawn. The fish are recovering and now starting to feed. You will find them in 8 - 12' of water during the daytime, although some have been reported in the holes on the Chain. Jigs and minnows are working best and we also have a few reports of fish on crawlers and leeches as this water warms up. You'll find water temps is the 60's and even low 70's on dark lakes in the afternoons. Let's hope this rain we're supposed to get is warm rain.
There's still a little spawning going on in the deeper big lakes, as they are at least a week behind the small ones. These fish should finish up and move to deeper water this week. Jigs and minnows are also best for these lakes. Water temps are a little colder on the big lakes.
Bass fishing will be pretty good this week as some of these fish are already moving into the shallows for their spawning run. Both smallies are largemouth are up there. Remember that this is a catch and release fishery only, at this time of year.
The big news: crappie are on their spawning run and in the shallows on most lakes. The fishing on the Chain for them is nothing short of great right now. Light tackle and minnows are best for these fish right along the shorelines in any cover. Most good anglers are just keeping enough for a meal and letting some go to reproduce for future years.
Perch are in the weeds, and the bluegill are feeding on a lot of bug hatches in the evenings and starting to stage for their spawn.
Musky season will open on Saturday throughout the area. Should you see these fish right on the shorelines, let them be as they are in mid spawn. We've had some unfortunate reports of guys snagging some fish. If you see this, call the DNR immediately. These are not “sportsmen”, doing this type of stuff.
Good luck and good fisnin'!
21 May 2013
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lo n behold the waldos were biting a bit better yesterday! Not a red hot action bite but MUCH better in general. Lately we've been able to catch fish but you had to work real hard at it and pay close attention.
Yesterday, with water temps at 58, the wallys were more aggressive in taking the jig/minnow. Ended up with 28 waldos from 13-22in, just a good enough bite, over 6hrs of fishing, to prevent me from getting a nap in...
The woods in the Eagle River area are alive with gobblers. If you are out at dawn, you are likely to hear several birds. This bodes well for those hunters still going after turkeys. The warm weather has really kicked the strutting season into high gear
Although it's nice now, the snow cover did not melt until May 3. This means nobody else has found antlers shed by bucks in the winter. Look for them in areas where deer spent the cold weather months - -near feeding stations, cedar trees, and thick stands of evergreens. You may be surprised at the big bucks you missed last fall.
While spending time outdoors, look how the drake mallards are chasing hens around. You will often see several drakes harassing a single hen. The birds will make radical turns and other flight maneuvers as they try to corner the hen. It's a great show!
The DNR web site has loads of information on turkey hunting. Go to http://http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/turkey.html.
We will keep you informed periodically of new developments related to hunting as they appear.
(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: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e:-mail: email@example.com
* 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; cre8vRay@charter.net.
Information on LakesOutdoor 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.
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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.