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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.

Muskie Season opens in

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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 Feb 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).


Northern and panfish hitting very well, with walleye action good, and largemouth bass continuing to hit northern and panfish setups ; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Ice conditions continue to improve along with travel in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area. Ice thickness runs from 10-18 inches on many lakes. There is still slush and snow on untraveled areas. Ice anglers are getting out by foot, snowmobiles, four-wheelers and some trucks (truck travel is recommended only for those who know a particular water/area/location inside-out- - caution is still very much in play).

NORTHERN: Fish 12 feet of water or less off of break edges and remaining weeds. Use a medium to large shiner or northern sucker under a tip-up; or try a large jigging spoon. Focus on the upper of the water colum, as northerns eat and look up. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch are locating in two distinct areas. Fish mid-lake mudflats in 35 feet of water or less, concentrating on brush piles, rockpiles, and any contour changes (that can mean fishing a hump or a depression on a mudlfat- - fish can be in both locations). You can also fish break edges or adjacent weeds in 12 feet of water or less. Use a crappie minnow, waxie, spike, wiggler or micro-plastic on a small jig or under a slip bobber. Perch are tight to bottom, with crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column (day dependent). All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Northern and panfish anglers are having their setups hit off-and-on by largemouth bass locating in 12 feet of warer or less in and around weeds. Mixed bag on sizes.

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We'll be getting slightly, but only slightly, warmer weather for the next week or so. Let's hope that this march doesn't turn out to be like last March. We do have some better conditions to talk about - there is much less slush out there now after this bitter cold. On many lakes now it is possible to drive vehicles, so getting around is good. Now all we need is some cooperation in the temperature department to give us a decent late ice fishing season.

The little snow we've had through the weekend didn't hurt anything. Cross country ski conditions, and snow shoe conditions are pretty good at this point.

Walleye fishing has been steady and decent, but not great. We have heard that some of the bigger lakes have been producing pretty well lately. The action on the Chain has been somewhat slower - a fish or two a night. On those bigger lakes, either sucker minnows or shiners are working under tip-ups after dark. Try depths around 12 - 16' for best results. We sure don't have much in the way of season left at this point, so get out there if you get the chance.

Northern action has been steady and good almost all season. These guys are much more aggressive than the walleye, but the big difference with them is that they are daytime feeders. A good bet is to set a few tipups in the weed areas and then fish for panfish at the same time with your third rod. Large shiners work best for the northerns. The small to mid-sized lake have been the most active for northerns - try Anvil as a good "sleeper" northern lake.

Panfish action has suffered from a lack of activity during this cold streak. There has been some good perch action using wigglers near the bottom on many lakes. Look near the deep edges of the weeds. Crappie action also slowed during the cold front, as many days were just too cold to get outside and fish with jigs or tip-downs. We do have the very best crappie action of the year coming, hopefully in March. Conditions were impossible last year, but should be much better this spring.

That late evening action later on in March can be just great. Bluegill action has been OK in the weeds on spikes and waxies.

We are looking at some good ice fishing left for the rest of the season as it warms.

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!

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Next up will be Spring Turkey Season

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.