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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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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 23, 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).


We're in the "in-between" stage, as ice is still not safe to go out on. Gun deer season is open. X-C skiing in high gear (NOT a misprint!); all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

While the ice is forming in the Eagle River area, it is still totally unsafe to even try to go out on it. And yes, one of our guide sources, told us that every year there are always a few "crazies" who challenge Mother Nature and go out on ice that is totally untested. He said that no one wants to get out more than Eagle River's great guides, but not until it's safe. He thought, maybe another week or so - - -we'll keep you posted. Just make sure all of your ice fishing gear, shelters etc. are in shape, and we'll let you know the moment the legendary early-ice fishing in Eagle River is ready to go.

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What a difference a few weeks can make. We were anticipating several more weeks of that great fall open water fishing when we were rudely interrupted by that huge snow and the cold weather that has followed it. That has turned our attention to the ice fishing season as lake after lake has "gone" (frozen completely). To say that this was unexpected given the fall season so far is an understatement. We now have all but the biggest lakes in the area with ice on them, and the smaller lakes are safe to get out on. We've got 3 - 5" of ice on many lakes, and the ice anglers are starting to get out there.

We really received an unexpected benefit from this early snow as it came before the lakes had started to freeze. Had the lakes frozen first, and then the snow came, we would have had the same conditions we had last year. Slush. We got lucky this year, and perhaps that is an omen for the rest of the year.

Temps for the deer season opener seem to be pretty good. Remember last year? It was so cold many hunters just quit after the first morning out there. That was the start of our cold weather pattern that lasted all winter with no relief at all.

Early walleye fishing can be very good. Tip-up anglers will set those rigs on the mouths of bays and on the edges of weeds to intercept the walleye as they come into the shallower water to fed in the evening and then move shallower after dark to get these early walleye. Large fatheads or shiners work best. It's also a fine time to get perch using the same pattern. The darker, smaller lakes seem to be best right at the start of the season. Many anglers will use the medium shiners to avoid those pesky perch, but more and more we see guys setting for the perch also, with the fatheads.

It seems to take a while for the northerns to get going after the ice forms. After several weeks the fish seem to settle down and we start to get a lot of people fishing for them in the weeds with larger shiners. Since this is a daytime activity you can fish for northerns and then move to those walleye spots in the late afternoon and evenings.

A last word about the musky fall season: It seemed to be spotty during those warm fronts, but they were short and the fishing recovered each time as the temps dropped. It was a season of very good numbers and a few trophies. In retrospect, the most pervasive aspect of this season was the abundance of action on suckers and the lack of heavy action on artificial lures. Looking through my records from September on, my boat recorded only three fish on artificials. Unbelievably, we had only five (5? count them!) follow-ups all fall. This has never happened before and was pretty frustrating. The good thing is that the sucker action on quick-sets was so good all fall.

Here's looking at a good ice season, without the slush that made last year so difficult for everyone.

Good luck and good fisnin'!

From Muskie Matt & RFRG Outdoors
20 Nov 2014
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Muskie Matt Muskie

Figures... Walleye fishin, first flag of the 2014/15 season and I get a big ass muskie.

Got out for a bit after the Packer game to see what today's warm weather and rain had done to ice conditions.
Areas that were previously accessible are holding their own. Slippery as owl snot. Snow cover is gone. I was working with maybe 4in of ice, see photo. Some of the spookier looking spots (dark and clear) actually had the better ice. If it gets cold tomorrow it'll freeze up real nice. My efforts were rewarded with a nice waldo and another big muskie. This one a tiger, it was just shy of two tip-up board lengths long. It fought really good compared to the last one, in the cold water I chalk that up to it being part snot rocket, hahaha!

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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!!

5th Show PMTT Eagle River & Cave Run 2014

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The gun season for deer is open across Wisconsin. In the Eagle River area, the main feature of this year¹s opener has been the 20+ inches of snow in the woods. The excellent tracking has made finding concentrations of deer easier, and has helped hunters find down deer. But getting to remote deer stands and getting harvested deer out of the woods has been much more difficult than in years with less snow. Hunters are reporting that deer, both does and bucks, have been quite active even though the rut is past its prime. Deer numbers appear to be somewhat better than previously thought.

Grouse season is still open, although bird hunting is on the back burner as most folks in the woods are looking for deer. For safety¹s sake, make sure you and your dog are both wearing lots of orange if you are out looking for grouse.

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.