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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

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Musky season opend on 28 May 2016
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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
06/4 to 06/13
The 36th Annual Spring Classic Musky Tournament and Up North Beerfest highlight coming weekend

Musky anglers and beer drinkers alike are going to want to be in the Eagle River area this weekend for a pair of widely celebrated summer events.

Fishing Report

Musky: These fish are using the new weed growth looking for smaller fish to chew on, so small bucktails such as Mepps or Buchertails will work well, but nothing larger than 500 series. Maybe small jerkbaits that have a bluegill or crappie profile.

Northern Pike: Keep your arsenal loaded with multiple options: small jigs tipped with a minnow, bass style (safety pin style) spinnerbaits, and spoons.

Walleye: Jig and minnow combos on weed edges or a slip bobber rig with minnows or leeches above the weeds will bring in the fish.

Bass: These fish are in pre-spawn, spawning, or post-spawn depending on the lake. Jigs or slip bobbers will catch fish. For anglers experienced with plastics, a Carolina rigged lizard is wonderful, as they are a natural predator of bass. Remember, Largemouth Bass are open and Smallmouth Bass are only catch and release until June 18 in the northern zone.

Panfish: Bluegills are getting ready for spawn and will be in the shallows on the beds, so slip bobber rigs are the way to fish them. Crappies will be in the weeds and a slip bobber rigged with small minnows will bring in these fish. Perch are in the weeds, too, and using a selection of small leeches, red worms and small minnows on slip bobbers are the ticket.

*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
05/15 to 05/22
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Early Summer Patterns

With Bluegills/Sunfish and Bass finishing up on some lakes the rest of the fish are readying for summer patterns, as a result, you will have to change your approach some too; but don’t get too drastic.

Muskie: I would still be throwing small bucktails such as Mepps or Buchertails, but nothing larger than 500 series. Maybe small jerkbaits or smaller rubber baits on deeper edges.

Northern Pike: Keep your arsenal loaded with a lot, such as small jigs tipped with a minnow, bass style (safety pin style) spinnerbaits, and spoons.

Walleye: Jig and minnow or jig and crawler combos on weed edges or a slip bobber rig with minnows or leeches above the weeds will bring in the fish.

Bass: Jigs or slip bobbers will catch fish, also Bass style spinnerbaits and crankbaits will add to your success. Remember, Largemouth Bass are open and Smallmouth Bass are only catch and release until June 18th in the northern zone.

Panfish: Bluegills: Slip bobber rigs are the way to go baited up with a good selection of live bait such as waxies, small leeches and red worms. Crappies will be in the weeds and a slip bobber rigged with small minnows will bring in these fish. Perch are in the weeds too and using a selection of small leeches, red worms and small minnows on slip bobbers are the ticket for them.

Also, if you're in the area, the Tuesday evening summer sessions of the Phelps Outdoors and Colin Crawford's Guide Service "Fishing Tips & Techniques" will be starting on June 14th and go through August 9th. They begin at 6pm and are held in the Phelps School, lower commons (4451 Old School Rd.). The seminars are free of charge and open to the public for all ages and skill levels. They are a great way to find out what's biting that week and the best way to catch them.

Happy fishing! Selective harvest is the way to go. Colin Crawford’s Guide Service, crawfordfishing@gmail.com (715) 891-2715.

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05/15 to 05/22
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Wow, what crummy weather for last weekend! While we expect some bad weather each spring, that one was a miserable piece of fun – suppressing stuff. We've seen enough snow, thank you, for the rest of the spring. Water temps dropped precipitously on all lakes, sending those bass that were coming in to their spawn right back out to deeper water. The crappies have again this year had their spawning activities disrupted. This weeks weather is a huge improvement, and let's hope that we have seen the last of these cold fronts.

As we said, the temperatures are expected to rise daily, and the water temps will quickly follow. Many crappies have spawned, but there are a lot that hadn't gotten there yet. Our hope is that they will come in and finish this, as there are times that they will simply not spawn after being driven off the beds repeatedly due to falling water temps. The same goes for the bass.

Walleye fishing has been OK, but to be honest not in the great category. They are mostly post spawn on all the small and mid sized lakes, but have some to go on the large deep lakes. After this spawn, many of the females especially will move to deeper water to recover. When feeding, they will move back in to shallower water in search of weeds and minnows using those weeds for cover. This means you will find much more active fish in those weeds. 1/8 ounce jigs with large fathead minnows are working very well now. On the Eagle River Chain, don't hesitate to go extremely shallow in looking for these fish. The secret is to find cabbage weeds, as this is where the minnows and the small perch are holding for cover.

Northerns are in these same weeds and are feeding actively. It seems most of these fish are caught by accident by walleye or crappie fishermen. They will hit any size minnow, and if we were to target them we would suggest large “pike chubs” as your minnow of choice. You would be surprised how many walleye will hit those chubs in the weeds also.

Bass action has been OK, as many smallies will cruise the shorelines that they will be spawning on shortly. They will feed when on these search runs and will hit just about anything. We had reports of both smallies and largemouth moving to their beds and being caught before the cold front. Provided we have some sun and warmer weather they'll resume that movement this week. Remember the smallies are open to catch and release only until June. Most largemouth anglers who are sportsmen will also release the largemouth to spawn.

Panfish action was going well, with the crappie spawn having started on many lakes before that cold front. Hopefully, things will resume quickly with warmer weather. Perch and some crappies are in the weeds along with some of the walleye. Plastics such as Mini Mites and small tubes are working well for crappies. Worms for perch. Bluegills will be moving into the shallow in a week or so with the warmer weather also, and are presently “staging” in the deeper weeds.

It'll be a great week for fishing as the weather warms a little each day.

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!

5th Show PMTT Eagle River & Cave Run 2014

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They took off the Logo!


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.