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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.
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Musky season opend on 24 May 2014
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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 OCT 19, 2014:

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).


Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are around the 50º mark (lake dependent).

WALLEYE: Walleye in the Eagle River area are locating either off of break edges or adjacent mud flats in 15-35 feet of water. The walleye are tight to bottom. Use a jig and a minnow. All day action with peaks in the evening. The bite is good to excellent.

NORTHERN: Northerns in the Eagle River area are in 15 feet of water or less off of weed edges or adjacent break edges. Use a crankbait or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

PANFISH (crappies, bluegills and perch): The panfish in the Eagle River area are in two locations: Weed edges and adjacent break edges in 15 feet of water or less. OR, fish main lake mud flats in 35 feet of water or less. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending - -generally in the LOWER half of the water column (lake and day dependent). Use a chunk of crawler, crappie minnow or micro-plastic under a slip bobber or on a small jig. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

MUSKY: In the Eagle River area you'll find musky off of break edges and adjacent weed edges in 20 feet of water or less. Use a regular size jerk bait, glid bait, or crankbait ­ or you can opt for a live sucker, 12-17 inches. Use a stop and go retrieve, and don't forget to always do a "figure 8" as the lure nears your boat. All day action, with short feeding windows. The bite is good.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: You'll find smallies in the Eagle River area locating on main lake humps over hardbottom areas in 15-30 feet of water. Use a jig and a minnow or a plastic craw. All day action and the bite is good.

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Fall is a time of change, and we have certainly experienced a fair amount of that in the last several weeks. Where did the leaves go? We seemed to turn from an absolutely glorious color paradise to the loss of those leaves in two days. We have entered the mid fall period as far as fishing goes, with the water temps now down into the 40's in most lakes. This is the time both the walleyes and the muskies do some serious feeding, and consequently the fishing is very good. We've had enough rain to keep those lake levels up quite nicely, so access to lakes has been good – much better than the last several years. Look for current in the Chain to produce good fishing in the channels also.

Walleye fishing is good right now, with walleye in the holes on the Chain this is the best time of the year to catch really nice fish on the Chain, and you'll see a fair number of guys out there fishing those holes. Jigs and large fathead minnows work very well at this time of year in those holes. Most anglers will start on the outside edges of the holes and fish around the holes, then move deeper into the holes until they find the fish.

On the big lakes, the fish are around the hard bottom edges and dropoffs. You'll find them from15 - 20 feet to 40 feet. This is the time for some really good numbers of fish on these lakes.

Northern action remains good in the weeds, with some nice fish being caught both in the deeper weed edges and in some deeper water mixed in with the walleye. Larger minnows work better for these fish, so take some pike suckers along for them.

Bass action has slowed considerably, but we wonder sometimes if that is simply because people stop fishing for them in favor of musky and walleye. Some really large smallies are caught each fall while working weed beds along shorelines in 5 – 8' of water, so these guys (some of them, at least) are working weeds looking for minnows. Largemouth are still in the weeds, but deeper now.

Musky action is taking center stage now, with the water temps now down into the 40's and dropping somewhat steadily. This is the time of the year for that trophy of a lifetime. Most anglers will both fish with suckers on quickset rigs and throw larger, slower moving baits. After turnover, these fish can and will be anywhere in the lakes, from the weeds to mid lake areas. Start on the weed edges with your daily fishing and move deeper if you don't find fish. Slow moving rubber, twitch or jerk baits work best now. Slow the baits retrieve and use pauses in those retrieves, as the fish really slow down now. With quickset rigs, set the hook quickly, especially if the fish is moving away from you. Do not, DO NOT wait for five or ten minutes to set the hook! This is a great way to kill fish.

Panfish action is OK, but not too many anglers are looking for them at this time of year. Some nice crappies are being caught off the weeds in deeper water and in the holes on the Chain. Perch are in the weeds along with some crappies.

With temps in the 50's it's a great time to be out there.

Good luck and good fisnin'!

From Muskie Matt & RFRG Outdoors
11 Oct 2014
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Muskie Matt Muskie

Lot of fishing this past week, it's been up and down action-wise. One day it's good, next day it's terrible. Water temps between 48-51. Its also been kind of a draw between fish hitting artificial baits and live suckers. Here's Rodger of Monroe, WI with a fat 40in taken on a sucker, best thing about this fish is it was a birthday muskie! Also for his birthday Rodger was presented with an authentic RFRG Outdoors Dick Dawg! Photo is a bit blurry because we were laughing so much, hahaha!

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11 July 2014
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Gares Crappie

Yesterday i had Luke and Samantha out for ski action. Spilt shift. The morning run we met at 5 a m sammies third cast had a blow up on the top water, nothing major but something, Luke had a follow and a hit and we seen one surface. The late shift we met up at 5 pm and on the first spot Luke had two good hits, you could tell one was a nice fish at the size of the boils from the tail kicks as it took off!! Later Sammy had a nice fish, i would guess low forties hit at her topraider twice, which kind of scared her a bit!! Lol Sammy hasnt caught a musky yet so it was fun watching that!! Had a great time fishing with these two and hope to hook up with them again! Good luck at college this fall!!! So over all score - mudkies 7 L & S - 0! Oh well thats muskies!!

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Bow hunters are seeing more deer in the Eagle River area. Whitetails are starting to move around, and deer activity in general is increasing as we move toward the rut. We have about two more weeks until the rut really kicks in.

Duck hunting is a bit slow right now as we are in the lull between the departure of the local wood ducks and teal, and the arrival of the northern flights of mallards and diver ducks. But there will birds moving into the area as we get deeper into the fall migration.

Grouse hunting has been excellent. Although we are supposed to be at the bottom of the 10 year cycle, there are plenty of birds in the right habitat. The leaves are off the brush and trees, concentrating grouse in early successional forests. Birds can be seen as they flush, especially if high winds are not present to spook them into flushing wild. There is a nice mix of young birds and older birds, indicating a good spring hatch this year and a population that is healthy overall.

The big fall flight of woodcock has still not arrived in the Eagle River area. But hunters are picking up local birds here and there. We are right on the cusp of the migration and flight birds should be showing up in the next week to 10 days.

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.