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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 24 May 2014
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17 1/2 inch Walleye off west dock .............. 24 1/4 inch walleye caught from the east dock at dusk.
Scott and Walleye Adam and Walleye

Eagle River & Vilas County Fishing Report

***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY)
-- as of August 17, 2014:

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Walleye, northern, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and panfish all putting on a good to excellent bite, with musky good. You're going to get information on how to find the best Northwoods hunting opportunities; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the low 70s - -and anglers are loving this season's continuing multi-species fishing action. Now is the time to get up to Eagle River and enjoy yourself.

WALLEYE: Walleye in the Eagle River area are locating off of break edges in 10-25 feet of water. The walleye are tight to bottom. Use a jig and a minnow or half of a crawler. All day action with peaks early and late in the day (lower light hours). The bite is good to excellent.

NORTHERN: For northern in the Eagle River area fish 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a small bucktail, bass style spinner bait, Rapala, or northern suckes under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: For smallies in the Eagle River area, fish hardbottom humps and break edges over hardbottom areas in 10-25 feet of water. Use a jig and a leech or a minnow, plastic tube, a craw, or a Senko rigged wacky. All day action. The bite is good to excellent.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: For largemouth bass in the Eagle River area fish shoreline structure (docks, drowned trees, brushpiles, and heavy weeds) in 10 feet of water or less. Use a topwater, a plastic rigged weedless, or a minnow under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch in the Eagle River area are off of weed and break edges in 15 feet of water or less. The perch are right to bottom. Crappies and gills are suspending up and down the water column (lake dependent ­ that means the suspending depth(s) will be determined by water clarity, light conditions and where the food is at on a particular water). Use a crappie minnow, chunk of crawler or micro-plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber. All day action, and the bite is good to excellent.

MUSKY: Musky in the Eagle River area are locating off of weed and break edges in 10 feet of water or less. Use a regular sized bucktail, topwater, jerkbait, or glide bait. Normal retrieve, and always do a "figure 8" when your lure nears the boat. All day action, with short feeding windows. The bite is good.

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We seem to be on the dreaded "weather roller coaster" again, as the temps are up and down every three or four days, causing the water temps to do the same. This has a large effect on the fishing, as this inconsistency causes the fish to interrupt their feeding patterns. On the lakes the water has gone down a little because it has been so dry, which is also starting to show on the roadside ferns and the grass locally. Fall is coming more quickly than we want, and soon we'll start to see some color in the trees. Here's hoping that we have a consistent drop in temps this fall, rather than the ups and downs that we have had in the last few years. Dropping temps in the fall actually improve the fishing.

Walleye fishing has been a little slower in the last week, and they don't seem to be concentrated together in the good spots as usual. This makes it harder to find good concentrations of fish. Those that we are finding are hitting all types of live bait pretty well. On the Chain we are seeing fish on electronics in the holes, but can't seem to get them to hit consistently. Maybe at night?? There are still fish on the weed edges on the bigger lakes, but it has been hard to find bigger ones on these lakes. Leeches are best on the big lakes.

Bass action continues to be good throughout the area, as smallies have been much more consistent on the rocks lately. They are feeding on crayfish, so any crayfish imitation will produce some nice fish. Largemouth are still shallow on structue such as piers or shallow weeds. They are hitting plastics best, but crawlers work very well if you can avoid the bluegills that seem to be hanging around with the bass.

Musky action has been pretty good, with smaller spinners still seeming to be the most productive types of lures. There are some suspended fish, so the big rubber is working during the daytime also. Fish are also doing some night feeding, so the night anglers are producing some fish. On the warmer days, surface baits are also working well.

Panfish action is good throughout the area, with bluegills producing on a daily basis. You will find these fish in the weeds everywhere. Worms or waxies work best for these fish. Crappie action continues to be better than average for this time of year, with action reported over deeper brush piles and deeper weeds on most lakes. Perch are still in the deeper weeds, and hitting almost anything as far as live bait goes. Look for some consistent weather to get and keep things going.

Good luck and good fisnin'!

From Muskie Matt & RFRG Outdoors
09 June 2014
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Excellent morning of fishin, 3 nice waldos and a mess of crappys. Afternoon was slower, couple bass, a nice smallie, and another good waldo. Water temps were running 66-68, it'll drop some more tonight...

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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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One of the best ways to find out where and when to hunt in the Eagle River is to attend banquets hosted by conservation organizations. These events are attended by locals who know the area well, and will often help folks that are new to the area. In addition, you will be helping wildlife by supporting the organizations that fight for habitat.

For duck hunters and grouse hunters, there are two events coming up that can be great sources of information. The Plumb Creek Ducks Unlimited chapter, based in Sayner, is holding its banquet on Tuesday, August 26 . Contact Tom Reed for info at 715-542-3994.The Eagle River chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society holds its banquet on Thursday, August 28. Contact Jed Lechleitner for info at 715-891-7633.

Fall is just around the corner, and that means hunting season in the Eagle River area will soon be here.

Wisconsin will host its first ever early teal season this year, and the Eagle River area is a great place to find them. The season will run from September 1st through the 7th, and only blue-winged and green-winged teal can be harvested. The regular duck season doesn¹t open until later in the fall, see you need to be sure you are only shooting at teal. There will be mallards and wood ducks in the marshes at this time. The Wisconsin DNR put together a teal identification guide and quiz, which can be seen at: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/waterfowl.html. Teal will be in shallow, marshy areas with lots of emergent vegetation. A dozen decoys (mallards will work fine) should be enough to bring some birds in. They will come in very low and fast, and may even land before you can react.

The early Canada goose season will also be open during the teal hunt, which will make for some great waterfowling. Many of the flowages in the Eagle River area have shallow portions that will have both teal and geese.

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.