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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.

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Musky season opend on 23 May 2015
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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)
-- as of May 03, 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).

Beautiful weather for the Opener, but cold water temps keeps the action down for walleye and northern. Successful turkey hunters "putting the turkeys to bed," and woodcock putting on a great mating show; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Really gorgeous weather in the Eagle River area, made for lots of boats going out for the Opener. There is no more beautiful place on earth than Eagle River in the spring - -the Northwoods comes alive in the Eagle River area as spring moves on. Unfortunately with water temps in the 40s, the fishing action was not what it could have been. With the weather forecast calling for consistently higher temperatures, that will translate into much increased action as the water warms.

WALLEYE: Fish eight feet of water or less, in and around weeds or new weed growth. The walleye are tight to bottom. Use a 1/16 ounce jig with a fathead minnow, or a minnow under a slip bobber. All day action, with some peaks in the evening. The bite has been fair. Warmer weather will exponentially increase the efficiency of the bite.

NORTHERN: Similar location as the walleye - -eight feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a larger sucker minnow under a slip bobber, or try a Husky Jerk in a minnow or walleye pattern. All day action and the bite is fair. Like the walleyes, northern action will pick up as the water warms.

PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch. Heard and saw nothing about bluegills, except that most believe as I do that the gills are staging and suspending off the edges, waiting for warmer water before coming in. The perch are mixed in with the walleyes- - tight to bottom. Crappies are pre-spawn, but getting real close (water temps have to increase just a skosh more). Fish five feet of water or less in shallow weeds, downed trees or brush piles. Use a crappie minnow, waxie or micro-plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is fair to good.

04-26/ 05-03-12
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Here we are, with decent weather heading towards opening weekend. At the time of this writing we certainly have some good forecasts, with even some rain being OK as long as it is warm. Water temps are rising very quickly with sun and the warmth, so it looks like post-spawn fishing this weekend on all but the biggest lakes. How great is this?? Lake levels, despite the relative lack of moisture for a week or so, are as good or better than last year. This means that the boat landings should be in great shape for usage. What a change from last year at this time!

The perch spawn is mostly over now, with the water temps almost in the 50's and getting warmer. Next up will be the crappies - and they're already staging and thinking about it. This is great, because it give us more than one target this weekend. Give these crappies a week to get going and the bass will join them on the shorelines.

You'll be fishing post spawn fish on every lake but those really deep, cold lakes. As always, jigs and minnows will be the best way to fish, as the water is still relatively cold and the fish are moving slower than normal. Start relatively shallow, and move deeper in the absence of fish on the shorelines. Use the lightest jig head that the wind conditions will allow. Large fatheads are best. Look for holding areas such as brush piles or last years weeds to hold these fish for a short while before they move deeper. If possible, look for the warmest water areas on the lakes.

Crappie action should start soon. These fish will stage before moving in to spawn, and these staging areas in 6 - 10' of water will be great if you can find them. Fathead minnows are the best bait for crappies - they will attract the largest of the fish.

We are excited about this years opener both because of the nicer weather and because the walleye limits are better this year and easier to figure out. Let's all hope for continued good weather and a successful opening weekend for everyone.

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!

5th Show PMTT Eagle River & Cave Run 2014

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Turkey season continues to roll along in the Eagle River area. Those with permits in Period C can hunt through Tuesday, May 5. Period D starts on the 6th and goes through the 12th. Green up has just barely begun, so stay with drab colored camo. Many successful hunters are ³putting the turkeys to bed². In other words, look for birds roosting at dusk, and then set up near them the next morning. But if you find some birds before they are actually in the trees, continue to watch them as they may not roost right next to their evening hangouts.

Woodcock are starting to do their annual mating display. Look for them in grassy openings surrounded by young aspen stands. Just as its getting dark, they will fly up and down in big spiral patterns, singing loudly. It¹s a great show.

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.