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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.
Enjoy a Good time.
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Eagle River & Vilas County Fishing Report
***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY)
-- as of Dec 01, 2013:
Ice fishing starting to move forward with walleye, northern and panfish all hitting. All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
The Eagle River area is now pretty much iced up. While some die-hards are still breaking the very thin ice on larger lakes, the open water season is done.
As we do every year, we must remind all of our readers that while early ice is one of the "primo" times to fish in the Eagle River area, caution SUPER CAUTION - -is needed! Yes- - there are some back bays and shoreline areas (in spots) that are "OK" to get out on, but not THAT "OK" at the moment. We urge anglers not to try to get out by themselves. Hire one of the Eagle River area's excellent guides. They'll know where it's safe- - and where the fish are. Every winter season without fail we hear of anglers who go out, don't know what they're doing or where they're going, and go through the ice. Don't let that happen to you. We want you to come up and enjoy the bounty, thrills and fun that Eagle River offers, but only in complete safety. Be cautious, be patient, and remember the old guide axiom: "There is no such thing as totally safe ice."
Walleye: Right now it's tough getting out to the break edges where the walleye are holding, in the Eagle River area. But if you can get out, fish 6-20 feet off of break edges or weed edges. Use a small shiner or walleye sucker under a tip up, or a fathead on a jig. The walleyes will be tight to bottom, and the best bite will be around sunset.
Northern in the Eagle River area are locating in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a medium to large shiner under a tip up. Keep the shiners high up in the water column. All day action. Bite can be good to excellent.
Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) in the Eagle River area are locating in 15 feet of water or less off of break edges and in and around weeds. Use a jig and a waxie or spike. The perch will be tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending. Use a locator to find out the depth the crappies and gills are at on any given day. It'll save you drilling a lot of holes. All day action. Bite can be strong at times.
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Except for the very largest lakes, we have now developed some decent ice in the area. This is great for the ice fishermen, and much better than at this time last winter. A good number of ice anglers were out last weekend enjoying some decent fishing. At the time of this writing we don't have a lot of snow, but that can change at any time. We've even had some kids skating on some of the lakes.
Even though we don't have much snow, the hiking has been great in the woods, especially now that the gun deer season is over. Go and get your Christmas tree and enjoy some time in the woods at the same time.
Walleye fishing has started for the winter on an OK basis. Most anglers were reluctant to venture out too far over deep water until we get some better and thicker ice. The weed edges have been producing some walleye, especially in the evenings on sucker minnows or shiners. You have to stay on the inside of your tipups and remain especially quiet at this early ice time, as the fish are very aware of your presence if you move around a lot. Move shallower after dark with your tipups.
Northern fishing is pretty good, with larger shiners producing some nice fish over last weekend in the weeds. These aggressive fish hit during the daytime, so are heavily fished. Set tipups in or near weed areas for best results.
While panfish aren't targeted much right at the start of the fishing, we don't usually get too many reports of crappies action. It's a little different this year, as some anglers have reported good crappies at the weed edges on waxies or small minnows. This is a real bonus. Some perch action is to be had in the weeds also on waxies. It'll take a while for the fishermen to locate the panfish consistently.
The weather is great - get out there and enjoy the relatively warm start to winter!
Good luck and good fisnin'!
26 Nov 2013
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01 Dec 2013
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Well we ended the open water season on a good note, the last 10-12 hours we ended up putting about 20 muskies in the boat. From 35-46 inches! A couple of the fellows caught their first muskies. Aaron caught one on his very first cast caught three. Craig from newyork city caught three as well , his first ever too! The season over all was alot slower than past years, not only for muskies but panfish as well! Im hoping this winters ice fishing will be better than last year also. Good luck ice fisher folks, keep it safe!
For safety reasons, grouse hunters are advised to stay out of the woods until the gun deer season ends on December 1. But the grouse season runs until January 31, so hunters have lots of time to continue chasing birds.
There is a ton of information about the Northern Highland American Legion
State Forest on the web: 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.
We will keep you informed periodically of new developments related to hunting as they appear.
(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: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e:-mail: email@example.com
* Guide's Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner "Ranger Rick" Krueger 715-477-2248
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.
* Don Anderson, Eagle River hunting enthusiast, 715-479-8511.
Reports compiled, written & distributed by Creative Brilliance. ©2010. Naomi K. Shapiro or Ray Smith, Creative Brilliance 608-827-6483; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; cre8vRay@charter.net.
Information on LakesOutdoor 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.
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Wisconsin Fishing License Information
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.