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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 Sept 28, 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).


Northern, smallmouth bass and panfish bite good to excellent, with musky, walleye and largemouth bass, good. Duck season has opened with lots of sightings and many opportunities for local birds. Bucks start to break away from bachelor groups and become nocturnal; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area holding in the mid to upper 50s.

NORTHERN: Northern in the Eagle River area are in 15 feet of water or less in and around remaining weeds. Use a Husky Jerk, or other minnow bait, bass style spinner bait, or a northern sucker 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 areas, concentrating on break edges and mid lake lumps, in 10-35 feet of water. Use a jig and a minnow, a plastic crawfish or tube. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch in the Eagle River area are locating off of break edges and adjacent weed edges in 15 feet of water or less. Use a chunk of crawler, crappie minnow or small plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending (day and lake dependent). All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

MUSKY: Musky are holding in 15 feet of water or less off of weed or break edges, in the Eagle River area. Use a regular sized bucktail, jerkbait, crankbait ­ or a 12-16 inch sucker (if you can find them!). Regular retrieve, with a "figure 8" as the lure nears your boat. All day action with short feeding windows. Bite is good.

WALLEYE: Walleye in the Eagle River area are off of break edges and on adjacent mudflats in 10-30 feet of water. The walleyes are tight to bottom. Use a jig and a minnow. All day action and the bite is good.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth bass in the Eagle River area are off of weed edges in 15 feet of water or less. Use a plastic rigged weedless, small crankbait, or a medium chub under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good.

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This has been an absolutely beautiful warm front, one that has been as warm and pretty as we will ever see. But it's time for fall, and the attendant cold weather for the fishermen out there. With any wind and/or rain the leaves will for the most part be gone. The water temps, which have gone back into the 60's will again drop back through the 50's and produce "normal" fall fishing. By all accounts, that warmth produced a real pause in the fishing as the fish responded to the quick rise in water temps by shutting down. While a few anglers enjoyed some success, most felt that both the musky and the walleye fishing had dropped off significantly. All that rain we experienced brought the lake levels up further also, so there will be current in the Chain as they drain that down somewhat. October is here, so expect wind, rain, and probably a little snow in there.

Walleye fishing has been slow, to be truthful. As we were saying, that warmth really interrupted fall movement completely. As the temps go down the fish will repeat the migration to the holes on the Chain and up to the hard bottom edges on the bigger lakes. As it is, anglers have been catching some walleye back in the weeds, but the feeling is that they are really spread out right now. Both minnows and crawlers are working, but the trend will be to minnows as it gets colder.

Bass action actually has been pretty good. On many lakes the largemouth were right back on the shorelines. Both tube jigs and wacky worms have been quite productive, but again the cooler weather just may stop this pattern. Smallmouth have been over the hard bottom, but deeper. Look for rocks with weeds nearby for your best results. Boulder are best. Tube jigs have been working very well for thse fish.

Northern pike action has been good, but even this aggressive fish slowed down during the warm front. Larger chubs or sucker minnows have been working well, and they have also been catching some bonus musky or walleye while fishing for the northerns. Musky anglers have also been reporting northerns while fishing for their fish of choice.

Musky fishing has been slow for most anglers, but as with other fish the cooler weather will reverse that trend. With the water temps going through the 50's, look for good action on jerk baits and live suckers. We have had fish in the deeper water and fish in the weeds, as they have been spread out quite a bit. All bait types have been working somewhat, but the movement will be towards baits that you can retrieve more slowly.

Panfish action has been good, but we get many fewer anglers at this time of year looking for these fish. Crappie action has slowed a little, but expect some to be caught in the holes on the Chain as the temps go down. Perch action has been OK in the weeds. Not many reports this week despite the great weather for getting out there.

Look for great action as the weather gets worse.

Good luck and good fisnin'!

From Muskie Matt & RFRG Outdoors
09 June 2014
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Muskie Matt Muskie

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

Duck season opened on Saturday, September 27 in the Eagle River area. Hunters are seeing lots of wood ducks and some blue-winged teal, as well as mallards. The nice weather has not pushed many locally raised birds out of the area, nor have any northern flights shown up yet. The same is true for geese ­ still plenty of local birds but no flight birds yet. The heavy rains earlier this month have flooded backwaters, especially in our flowages, which has opened up opportunities for hunting in shallow water areas with lots of vegetation.

Grouse and woodcock are still spread out and hard to see, as there are still plenty of leaves on the trees and brush. Young males are dispersing into new territories. As they investigate new areas, they will often act erratically. There are reports of some of these birds flying into cars and through windows on buildings in the woods. This is an annual event, which is often referred to as ³crazy flight².

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.

Whitetail bucks are starting to break out of their bachelor groups and becoming nocturnal. Look for them at dawn and dusk. Deer are keying in on acorns, so look for mature oaks when scouting for a spot.

Duck season in the northern zone opens next Saturday, September 27. Turkeys are extremely common, and are all over the roads. Be careful when driving highways ­ flocks are feeding in the grassy right of ways and will wander onto the road.


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.