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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 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 May 24, 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).

Musky opener is a success - -action good to excellent, with northern and panfish also putting on a good to excellent bite, and walleye and smallmouth bass good ; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps at the surface are in the upper 50s in the Eagle River area – and with the now ever increasing water temps, fishing action has picked up accordingly.

MUSKY: Very good opener in the Eagle River area- - still one of the best, if not THE best musky fishery in Wisconsin. Fish 10 feet of water or less off of break edges as well as in and around weeds. Use a small bucktail, glide bait or twitch bait like a large Husky Jerk. Keep your retrieve moderate - -nothing real fast. All day action, with peaks coming in the evening. The bite is good to excellent.

NORTHERN: Fish 10 feet of water or less in the weeds. Use a Husky Jerk (minnow or walleye pattern), a white bass style spinner bait, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day aggressive action with the bite good to excellent.

PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch are off of break edges and weed edges in 10 feet of water or less. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending anywhere in the water column. Try the tops of weeds, for sure. Use a chunk of crawler, crappie minnow, or micro-plastic on a small jig or under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

WALLEYE: Walleye are tight to bottom off of break edges in 10 feet of water or less. Use a 1/16 ounce jig and a fathead minnow, or try a small Rapala, as they've been working nicely. All day action, with peaks in the evening. The bite is good.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fish hard bottom sand or gravel areas in six feet of water or less. There are still bass on their beds, but they're getting near to finishing their spawn. Use a #3 Mepps extra deep, the old tried and true three inch tube on a jig, or a jig and minnow. All day action, and the bite is good. Don't forget- - smallmouth bass in the Eagle River area are strictly catch-=and-release until the harvest season begins on June 20th.

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FISHING WITH THE GUIDES by George Langley 5/24 to 5/31 Let's hope that all these cold fronts are now behind us now, and that we will have some more consistent weather as it warms. We have been a little on that temperature roller coaster for the last month. As everything blooms and all the leaves are now coming out it's time to remember to take along some mosquito repellent, as it is going to be a big year for those rascals.

Weeds are coming up on the lakes very nicely now, so the fish are moving back into the weed areas for cover and feeding purposes. Water temps are rising now that the nighttime temps are not so low. There was a lot of traffic on the Eagle River Chain over the memorial Day weekend, but fish were had in good numbers despite the heavy traffic. It is certainly shaping up to be an enjoyable summer.

Walleye fishing has been pretty good on the Chain especially. The fish are moving back into the weeds as they emerge and spending most of their time there. People are catching them on weed edges at about 8' or so. If you can find some wood around these edges you are gold for good fishing. On the bigger lakes like North Twin the fishing is a little different as the fish are still closer the the post spawn period. Where you can find weeds in 12' or so you'll find some fish, and rock drop offs in 10 -15' in the evenings. As far as bait for them, most anglers are taking minnows and either crawlers or leeches as backups. Larger minnows are starting to work also.

Northerns are hitting like mad everywhere. They are our most aggressive game fish, so just about anything that moves will work for these fish. It seems most fish are caught by walleye anglers using jigs and minnows by mistake, as they are often mixed in with the walleye. Larger chubs work very well for those who target these fish.

Bass are in the middle of their spawn now, and will be near the shorelines for two weeks or so. Remember that the smallies are on a catch and release until the third week in June, so handle them with care and get them back in the water quickly. While it is legal now to keep the largemouth, most anglers are releasing them to complete their spawn, and we encourage this from everyone out there. Anything from live bait to surface baits will work for these fish now.

Musky fishing started out well for the weekend, with a lot of mid sized fish caught. There were a lot of anglers out there, and most caught or saw fish. Smaller baits worked better than the real big baits as usual for the opener.

Panfish action also is very good, with the crappies moving back into shallow water to spawn. The bluegills are coming in also, so the shallow water can get crowded at this time. Look for the crappies near cover of some sort such as trees or brush piles, or bullrush areas. The 'gills will be near weeds on the shorelines. Both fish are very catchable when they are shallow, but be sure to use very light tackle for them. Perch are hitting either on minnows or leeches in the deeper weeds along with the walleyes.

It's a great time to get out there.

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

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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Turkey season continues to roll along in the Eagle River area. Those with permits in Period C can hunt through Tuesday, May 5. Period D starts on the 6th and goes through the 12th. Green up has just barely begun, so stay with drab colored camo. Many successful hunters are ³putting the turkeys to bed². In other words, look for birds roosting at dusk, and then set up near them the next morning. But if you find some birds before they are actually in the trees, continue to watch them as they may not roost right next to their evening hangouts.

Woodcock are starting to do their annual mating display. Look for them in grassy openings surrounded by young aspen stands. Just as its getting dark, they will fly up and down in big spiral patterns, singing loudly. It¹s a great show.

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.