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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 June 21, 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).

Mayfly hatch slowing fishing a bit, with walleye, northern, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and panfish putting on a good bite, with musky fair; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are hanging around the 70 degree mark. The Eagle River area is starting to get into a mayfly hatch. That means the panfish, walleye, etc. are gorging themselves on mayflies, and running a bit deeper. Gamefish like musky and northern are also following the panfish deeper. Fishing is still good, and the mayfly hatch generally lasts a week or so. So be prepared and be advised, but that doesn’t mean you won't catch a good number of fish in the Eagle River area - -just a mite slower as far as action is concerned. We'll keep you posted.

WALLEYE: Fish mudflats in 15 feet of water or more. The walleye are tight to bottom. Use a jig and a minnow or leech. All day action, with peaks in the evening. Bite has been good.

NORTHERN: Fish break edges and weed edges in 15 feet or less. Use a bass style spinner bait, small bucktail, minnow bait, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fish break edges in 20 feet of water or less over hardbottom areas. Use a plastic tube or crawfish, jig and a leech or minnow, or a Senko rigged wacky. All day action and the bite is good.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth's are hanging near structure - -docks, weeds, drowned wood, and brush piles - - in 15 feet of water or less. Use a plastic rigged weedless, spinner bait, topwater like a Scum Frog or Bass Rat, or a Heddon Torpedo. All day action and the bite is good.

PANFISH: The panfish are gorging themselves on mayflies in 15 feet of water or less in and around weeds, weed or break edges. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column. Use a crappie minnow, chunk of crawler, or a micro plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good.

MUSKY: Fish break edges in 15 feet of water or less. The muskies have moved out a little deeper, because their food fish prey have done so, and the muskies follow their food sources. Use a small to medium sized bucktail, Bulldawg, or topwater. Standard retrieve. Remember to always do a "figure 8" as your lure nears the boat. All day action, with peaks in the evening, and the bite is fair.

FLY FISHING: With untold numbers of rushing streams, brooks and rivers, Eagle River provides wonderful opportunities for fly anglers of every ilk. And for the adventure of a lifetime go for gamefish with a fly rod on one of the Eagle River area's hundreds of lakes- - like in "musky" and "northern". The Eagle River Chamber of Commerce (contact information below) can put you in touch with guides who specialize in fly fishing and those guides will provide you with one of the great memories you'll ever have.

6/21 to 6/27
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It's hard to believe that June is almost gone and that we are getting into the meat of summer so quickly. After a warm early spring, both May and June proved to be somewhat cool. Consequently, the water temps are a little lower than normal and the weed growth is slightly behind normal for this time of year.

Looking at the forecast for this week, it seems that this pattern is continuing, as the temps will only make the mid 70's. Lake conditions are great, as we've had a goodly amount of rain in the last three weeks and that has kept the lake levels up nicely. We are ready for the influx of visitors that the July 4th period always brings. A hint to the wise angler on many lakes: fish early and late for best results. There will be heavy water traffic during the daytime.

Walleye fishing has been good despite that mayfly hatch going on on many of our lakes, including the Chain. These fish are locating mostly in weeds right now, and feeding on that hatch especially in the evenings. Look for soft bottom areas during these evenings and fish with leeches. The best action on the Chain has come from Catfish, Cranberry and Eagle lakes. You can fish in weeds that are surprisingly shallow – as shallow as 4' during the daytime. On the bigger colder-water lakes the action is a little behind, as the water temps always lag behind in the spring and early summer. Weed growth on these lakes is coming nicely now, and we are starting to see some good weed action on these lakes also. Jigs and large fathead minnows are working best on all lakes, but with that mayfly hatch leeches and half crawlers have been working also. Many anglers prefer leeches under slip bobber in these weed areas.

Bass action has been, well, bass action. Summer patterns have been in effect for more than a week now, with the largemouth in cover in relatively shallow water. Look under piers, boathouses, bullrushes, shallow weeds and brush piles for these active and hungry fish. They are hitting plastics, surface baits and stick baits with abandon right now. Smallies are now in 6 – 12' and feeding, as usual, on crayfish around hard bottom areas. Action has been quite good for these fish.

Northern action has been very good also, with these fish in weeds both deep and shallow. It seems most of these fish are being caught by anglers not targeting them such as walleye fishermen or musky guys fishing the weeds. They are a great sport fish and well worth targeting, especially if you can find some deep grassy weeds. Larger chubs work well for them. If you like artificial lures, try Mepps spinners or Johnson Silver Minnows.

Musky action has been very good now as the females are recovered from the spawn and quite active. They are spread out all through the lakes, with part of the population suspending out in deeper water and some feeding at any time in the weeds. All bait types are working at this time. June fishing for these great fish is one of the best times of the year for numbers, with the occasional large fish possible. As we get further into summer, night fishing will be the best trophy time of the day for them because of water activity and sunlight penetration.

Panfish action is good as usual – you'll still find bluegills on the shorelines, crappies in the downed trees and perch in the deeper weeds on any given day. Look for crappies also concentrated in mid to deeper weeds at times. Minnows for the crappies, leeches and worms for the perch and worms or waxies for the 'gills. What a great and interesting time to fish for multiple species on a summer day.

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.

From Garesguideservice.com
06 Jan 2015
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Gares Crappie

Yesterday I had the grandpa and kid out, Terry and Austin. Looking for walleyes and whatever else could find.
Found lots of fish over deep mud flats. Couldnt get any to hit.
Tried deep shallow cribs weeds..... A couple little crappies and pikes.
Finally found some decent gills.....found out that the dad and uncle too, why they were having trouble finding fish and why were also... Bug hatch!!!!!!!!
Them hatches really make it hard to get anything to hit.
So today i invited Austin to join me musky fishing.
He has never musky fished or thrown a bait caster..... 10 minutes later he's casting like a champ!!! No backlashes either!
He did well, and did great netting my fish!!
Hope to get to fish with these guys again, good group!

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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.