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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 28 May 2016
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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 November 22, 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).

Musky, walleyes, and crappies putting on a good bite, with perch fair to good ; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the low 40s and continuing to drop as cold weather moves in.

MUSKY: Use 14-18 suckers and drag them along deep weed or break edges (10-18 feet of water). Also, many musky hunters are missing the opportunity to cast some big jerkbaits while dragging suckers. Some good hits are had by doing this, and will up your percentage of success. Remember to always do a figure 8 as the bait nears your boat. Feeding windows are iffy and are lake dependent - -water temps have a lot to do with it. All day bite and the action is good.

WALLEYE: The walleyes are still locating over mudflats in 15-30 feet of water. They're tight to bottom. Fish the holes or depressions in the mudflats for your best change of getting hits. Use a big redtail chub or an XL fathead on a 1/8th ounce or 1Ž4 ounce (if it's windy) jig. All day bite and the action is good.

CRAPPIES: Suspending on mid lake basins in 20 feet of water. Use a jig and a minnow. Plastics are not working that well right now. Fish mid-morning to mid-afternoon for best results. All day bite and the action is good.

PERCH: Mixed in wit hthe walleyes over mudflats in 15-30 feet of water. The perch are tight to bottom. Use a smaller minnow or a crawler on a jig. All day action and the bite is fair to good.

11/22 to 11/29
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Ice. Finally, we're seeing some. What a change in the weather we have experienced over the last week, as we have finally gotten seasonal weather. This has resulted in a lot of changes, most notably a massive drop in the water temperatures. This, in turn, has resulted at the time of this writing in a number of lakes closing up for the winter and the resultant increase in heart rates of many ice fishermen. We'll be seeing a few anglers out quite soon, although the ice will be quite thin. We still have the big lakes open, so we'll still see some musky anglers, and a few nutty walleye anglers out there. If we get really lucky, we won't get a lot of snow for a while, so we can get some thickness on the ice. We'd like to get some relief from the slush we have experienced in the last few years. We know the snowmobile fans would like the marshes to freeze also.

Walleye action for the few anglers that have persevered has been good. They have had to battle some bad wind over the last week, but a few tough guys have still been out. Try some shallow water fishing in the evenings and after dark, as these fish will move quite shallow in low light conditions to feed. We even know some anglers who fish in waders also on shorelines with Rapalas or other stick baits in the evenings. As always, use jigs and minnows for your baits. A few anglers also report good action with Twister Tails and jigs. Right now it looks like the Eagle River Chain is closing, which means lakes like North Twin, Long and the other big lakes are the only open lakes.

Musky fishing has been good, but not great. It has been a very good fall for mid sized fish, but not a great year for very large fish. Sucker action has been good in the last few weeks for these guys, and will be the best method for the rest of the open water year. We're so close to the end of the season now that there is not a lot of fishing left for them. As far as artificial baits, jerk baits and slow moving crankbaits are the best choice. The best action for these bait is quite slow, and the fish's metabolism slows down with the decline in water temps.

Ice fishing will start quite soon. Most walleye anglers enjoy that early season walleye tipup fishing. It's important to check the ice thickness as you go out on these early lakes, as someone goes through each year.

The most effective method is golden shiners under tipups in the evenings, set to intercept the walleye as they move into the shallows to feed. Remember to stand on the shore side of the tipups, as the fish are quite sensitive to noise this early in the season.

Good luck and good fishin'! And be safe as you vetnture out on that new ice!

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.