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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 OCT 19, 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).


Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are around the 50º mark (lake dependent).

WALLEYE: Walleye in the Eagle River area are locating either off of break edges or adjacent mud flats in 15-35 feet of water. The walleye are tight to bottom. Use a jig and a minnow. All day action with peaks in the evening. The bite is good to excellent.

NORTHERN: Northerns in the Eagle River area are in 15 feet of water or less off of weed edges or adjacent break edges. Use a crankbait or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

PANFISH (crappies, bluegills and perch): The panfish in the Eagle River area are in two locations: Weed edges and adjacent break edges in 15 feet of water or less. OR, fish main lake mud flats in 35 feet of water or less. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending - -generally in the LOWER half of the water column (lake and day dependent). Use a chunk of crawler, crappie minnow or micro-plastic under a slip bobber or on a small jig. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

MUSKY: In the Eagle River area you'll find musky off of break edges and adjacent weed edges in 20 feet of water or less. Use a regular size jerk bait, glid bait, or crankbait ­ or you can opt for a live sucker, 12-17 inches. Use a stop and go retrieve, and don't forget to always do a "figure 8" as the lure nears your boat. All day action, with short feeding windows. The bite is good.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: You'll find smallies in the Eagle River area locating on main lake humps over hardbottom areas in 15-30 feet of water. Use a jig and a minnow or a plastic craw. All day action and the bite is good.

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We are getting a mix of our usual cool fall weather and some warm weather for this time of year. As anglers, we want this cooler weather at this time of the fall rather than nice warm weather. We have completed the process of turnover on most lakes, but you will be seeing some “green” floating on some of the bigger lakes. If we were to have a savage cold front, it is possible that some lakes would turn over yet again. Water temps have actually warmed up a little bit, or at least stayed stable for a week or so. We really want that fall in water temps to keep this good fall bite going.

The leaves are mostly gone, but the tamaracks are beautiful in the marshes. We've seen a lot of the usual fall flights of ducks and geese going through the area. Fall is an interesting time to be on the lakes because of all the changes.

Walleye fishing is good at this point. The fish are in the holes, or on the edges of the holes, on the Chain. This makes them pretty easy to find, and when you do they are quite willing to feed. It amazes us every year to see the size of the fish that come off the Chain for the fall anglers. Many of these anglers are real sportsmen and releasing the big 'eyes for next years spawning efforts. Jigs and minnows have been the trick, and some anglers have gone to larger types such as sucker minnows. Most are using large fatheads. On the bigger lakes the fish are off the breaks on hard bottom areas in water from 20' to 35' or so. Again, large fathead minnows seem to be the most common bait.

Bass action has slowed and other than a few large smallies being caught, we just haven't heard much from those anglers. Some largemouth are still being caught in deeper weeds on plastics.

Northern action is good, with a lot of musky anglers reporting catches of northerns on musky baits while fishing in or near weeds. As usual, the deeper the weeds the better for these fish.

Musky action is good to great, providing it stays reasonably cool. The sucker bite has been very good. The key to this weeks weather will be cold nights. If we get cold nights the bite will stay – if the nights get warm, the fish will abandon their feed until the water temps start dropping again. Slow moving baits work best now – jerk baits, rubber and twitch baits will work.

Panfish action is good for perch and crappies. With the crappies pretty deep now. You'll find them off the weeds in deep water. The perch are in the deeper weeds. Fish for both with regular fatheads.

Provided the weather cooperates, it'll be a great week to be out there!

Good luck and good fisnin'!

From Muskie Matt & RFRG Outdoors
11 Oct 2014
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Muskie Matt Muskie

Lot of fishing this past week, it's been up and down action-wise. One day it's good, next day it's terrible. Water temps between 48-51. Its also been kind of a draw between fish hitting artificial baits and live suckers. Here's Rodger of Monroe, WI with a fat 40in taken on a sucker, best thing about this fish is it was a birthday muskie! Also for his birthday Rodger was presented with an authentic RFRG Outdoors Dick Dawg! Photo is a bit blurry because we were laughing so much, hahaha!

From Garesguideservice.com
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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Bow hunters are seeing more deer in the Eagle River area. Whitetails are starting to move around, and deer activity in general is increasing as we move toward the rut. We have about two more weeks until the rut really kicks in.

Duck hunting is a bit slow right now as we are in the lull between the departure of the local wood ducks and teal, and the arrival of the northern flights of mallards and diver ducks. But there will birds moving into the area as we get deeper into the fall migration.

Grouse hunting has been excellent. Although we are supposed to be at the bottom of the 10 year cycle, there are plenty of birds in the right habitat. The leaves are off the brush and trees, concentrating grouse in early successional forests. Birds can be seen as they flush, especially if high winds are not present to spook them into flushing wild. There is a nice mix of young birds and older birds, indicating a good spring hatch this year and a population that is healthy overall.

The big fall flight of woodcock has still not arrived in the Eagle River area. But hunters are picking up local birds here and there. We are right on the cusp of the migration and flight birds should be showing up in the next week to 10 days.

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.