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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.

Game Fishing Season opens in

Enjoy a Good time.
Musky season opend on 27 May 2017
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For those looking the the trout here in Vilas County
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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)

Eagle River Fishing Report
11-14 to 11-21
Fall hiking and biking in full swing on Eagle River area trails

Anglers starting to see more action as fish beginning to feed in anticipation of winter

Anglers are still holding out for more normal lake temperatures and feeding patterns from their favorite trophy fish. Musky have been hit or miss in the last week or so. Crappies have been biting with more regularity than other species recently.

Fishing Report

Muskie: Suckers have become the bait of choice for fish and angler alike at this time of year. Throwing a jerkbait or a big crankbait in addition to the sucker will add to success.

Northern Pike: These fish appear to be in hiding for the last week.

Walleye: They’re being found in deep holes and still on some deep rock humps. Jig and large minnow combos, as well as lindy rigging with large red tail chubs seem to work best.

Bass: Both largemouth and small have been nearly nonexistent in the last week.

Panfish: Bluegills are being found on the deepest weed edges. Crappies are suspending over some mud flats and are setting up for the winter season. Perch are being caught on mud flats using small minnows.

*Fishing report for the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce based on observations submitted by Eagle River guide “Muskie Matt,” George Langley, and Colin Crawford’s guide service; their contact information is listed below. Cross country ski, snowshoe and fat tire bike trails information provided by Pete Moline; his contact information is listed below. Snowmobile trails report provided by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce.

Colin Crawford's Guide Service
11/20 to 11/28
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It is that time of the season that there really isn't going to be anything new to report, so until ice up, I won't be submitting a new weekly report.

Just remember that the season for Muskie in the northern zone (inland waters north of US Hwy. 10, excluding Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters) and the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters ends November 30th and in the southern zone (inland waters south of US Hwy. 10) on December 31st.

Happy fishing! Selective harvest is the way to go. Colin Crawford’s Guide Service, crawfordfishing@gmail.com (715) 891-2715 or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook.

Colin Fishing seminar

11-20 to 11-28
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With this final (we hope) cold front, water temps are dropping like a rock. This drop is very late this year, and if the colder temps stay with us, will result in ice in the next several weeks. Even on those big lakes, the temps were in the low 40's by the end of last weekend. Expect the cisco to finally come in and spawn, even if they did miss the full moon last week. What an interesting time of the year!

As we said, the smaller lakes will start icing up this week – but not safe enough to fish on. We sincerely hope that we can get some time to build some ice thickness before we get snow, as this will allow both ice fishing without slush and snow machine use all winter. Whatever happens, we are at the end of Autumn and the beginning of Winter.

Walleye fishing is holding out pretty well, and the cold front has increased the action but decreased the number of anglers. On all lakes jigs and minnows are working best, and the larger the minnows the better. On the Eagle River Chain, the fish are hitting well in the holes for those few anglers that still want to get out before the freeze. Finally, some larger fish are being caught on the edges of those holes. On the larger lakes, deeper water right off the drop offs. They generally are schooled up pretty tight when they are in this pattern.

Musky fishing for those last gasp anglers might just be the best for trophy fish of the year. They do feed on the cisco, so fish off those spawning areas during the daytime because the fish are holding is deeper water off those areas. On the smaller lakes, the fishing will be quite active, as the fish generally stage quite a feeding binge before the ice builds. Suckers will be great for action and, hopefully, some big fish. Slow moving artificial baits are a must at this time of year, like Suicks, Eddie Baits, and Bulldawgs.

Some crappie action has been reported on the Chain in or near the holes also. These fish are schooling near the edges of the holes and on deeper mud flats on all lakes on the Chain. This fishing has been very productive for the few anglers nutty enough to go out.

We'll turn our attention to ice fishing soon if this colder weather stays, and we're all looking forward to that.

Good luck and good fishin'!

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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Nov 14 to Nov 21 , 2016

Deer: Deer activity has started to pick up, as a quick scout of your hunting area will likely reveal scrapes or rubs. Deer have been out feeding during the day, which increases the risk of car kills. Be extra cautious during dawn and dusk. The preliminary results of our “Summer Deer Observation Survey” show great recruitment this year with lots of twin fawns surviving through the duration of the survey.

An important reminder: There is a baiting and feeding ban in effect for Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties to help prevent the spread of CWD. For more information visit the DNR website and search for keyword “CWD” or for “baiting and feeding regulations.”

The DNR has a new licensing and registration system for the gun deer season this year, so don’t wait long. There are a few rule changes that will make tagging your deer different this year. Give yourself some time to become familiar with the changes, such as no back tag and different carcass tagging requirements (plus avoid the rush of last minute purchases that we see just before opening day of the Gun Deer hunting season). You will be able to register your deer by phone or online, and you can visit the DNR website to see the weekly deer harvest totals.

Canada Geese & Waterfowl: Hunters are reporting varied success for geese and waterfowl. Successful hunters are reporting a mixed bag with reports of teal, ring-necked ducks, gadwalls, mallards, wood ducks and Mergansers.

Upland Gamebirds: Fall turkey hunting in zone 7 wraps up on November 18, so there’s still time to pursue turkeys. Woodcock numbers will drop as the cold front moves through and gets birds to continue their southbound migration. Woodcock season closed on November 7.

Furbearers: Coyote trapping is now open. Both DNR and university researchers are looking for help to radio-collar incidentally caught bobcats and wolves as a critical component of population monitoring programs. Trappers with incidentally caught wolves can call 715-401-1764, and those with bobcats can contact 715-401-1051. Staff will assess the feasibility of meeting with trappers to collar and release the animal.

*Hunting report for the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce based on observation submitted by DNR Biologist Michele P. Woodford

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.