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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

Enjoy a Good time.
Musky season opend on 27 May 2017
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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
05-21 to 05-28
The fun has begun

The Chain of 28 Lakes is buzzing with dedicated anglers across the open waters. Anglers should use this early season period to address any equipment repairs or necessary maintenance so that the next outing will be even smoother. For more details on where and how to fish the World’s Largest Chain of Lakes and other inland lakes, read the fishing report below.

The sounds of ATV/UTV engines fill the Northwoods as routes are open throughout the Eagle River area. As weather varies heading into the summer, riders should be cautious regarding all trail conditions. For trail passes, safety classes, regulations and all other Eagle River ATV/UTV information, visit: http://eagleriver.org/play/atvutv/.

Silent sport enthusiasts can stay up to date regarding trail conditions throughout the Eagle River area before heading out for their seasonal adventures. For complete trail system information, visit http://eagleriver.org/play/silent-sports/.

Fishing Report

Reminder: Catch and release for Smallmouth Bass is until June 17, and Muskie opens in the north zone May 27.

Panfish: Perch will be in the new weed growth. Using a slip bobber tipped with minnows is the best bite right now. Crappies are starting to spawn on smaller, darker lakes and will continue as the water warms in the larger lakes. Slip bobber rigs with hook and minnow or a jig and plastic should do the trick. If you find some warmer water in the bays or shallow flats you might get into some bluegills too.

Northern: These fish will still be found around new weeds. Pitching jig and minnows or anything that moves should be a good bet.

Walleye: These are going to be moving from post spawn areas and you will have to do a little searching. They will start going to the new weed growth, and even the sand flats off the spawning areas. Pitching 1/8th oz. jigs tipped with fathead minnows or slip bobbers will catch you a nice fish fry also.

Muskies: They will be starting, in progress or finishing spawning depending on the lake water temperatures. Smaller baits this time of the year are your best baits to go to right now.

Information for this week’s fishing report was provided by Colin Crawford from Colin Crawford’s Guide Service.

Happy fishing! Selective harvest is the way to go. Colin Crawford’s Guide Service, crawfordfishing@gmail.com (715) 891-2715 or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook.

Colin Fishing seminar

05-21 to 05-28
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Cold. Windy. Raining. What a crummy bit of weather! Once again, we've been “blessed” with some really bad weather right through the beginning of this week. This bad weather dropped the water temps by as much as 10 degrees on our lakes, and for the most part shut the fishing down over the weekend. With the high water and the slowing of the weed growth, we are now really behind schedule for our bass and crappie spawns.

The lakes haven't been this high for over a decade, and the rivers and trout streams will be dealing with this water for quite a while. The good thing in this is that as of this writing the forecast for the next week or so is getting better. With water temps in the low 50's, we'll not see a lot of water skiing or tubing over the Memorial Day weekend. We will, however, see a lot of fishing.

Walleye, like all of our fish, were put off by this cold weather. Fish that were beginning to come up into the emergent weeds to feed stayed in deeper water. We did have a few reports of some shallow walleye in rock areas, but those were few and far between. The anglers who did get some walleye got them on jigs and minnows in 8 – 12' of water. As the water warms this week, we should get a material improvement in the walleye fishing.

Bass also have been slowed by this cold water, as they were coming into the shallows to build spawning beds before the cold hit. Most have moved back into areas just off where they will spawn, with very few at this point having built spawning beds. This is late this year, very late compared with past years. We'll see bass spawning well into June on many lakes. Remember that you can't keep smallies until the third weekend in June, and most conservation minded anglers will also return largemouth to spawn. We were seeing some nice large smallies cruising the shorelines feeding and scouting the spawn areas, but they have left with the cold weather.

Northerns, as usual, have been active and feeding with aggression. If you can find some green weeds, you'll find northerns feeding in these weeds. A good part of this population moved to deeper water for the duration of the cold front, but will move back in quickly. These fish are mostly caught by walleye anglers by accident, but are great fun and great for action on their own. Larger minnows or flashy baits will catch them daily.

Musky season opens this Saturday, and you will see a lot of anglers out looking for them. They will also be helped by the warmer weather this week. Most anglers will use smaller baits in the Spring for these fish – small baits, slow retrieve, shallow location. Please consider release of these fighters, and leave them be if you see them on the shorelines spawning.

Panfish action was also slowed by the cold, as many crappies stopped their spawning activities and moved close to shoreline cover or to deeper water. We were experiencing good action on the Eagle River Chain until the cold. Bluegills are the last to spawn, but were starting to hang on the shorelines until the cold front. Perch are in the weeds and were hitting well mixed in with some northerns and walleye until the cold hit.

As it warms, it should be a great week on the water.

It's a great time – get out there and enjoy some of the best fishing of the year. 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!

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Nov 14 to Nov 21 , 2016

Deer: Deer activity has started to pick up, as a quick scout of your hunting area will likely reveal scrapes or rubs. Deer have been out feeding during the day, which increases the risk of car kills. Be extra cautious during dawn and dusk. The preliminary results of our “Summer Deer Observation Survey” show great recruitment this year with lots of twin fawns surviving through the duration of the survey.

An important reminder: There is a baiting and feeding ban in effect for Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties to help prevent the spread of CWD. For more information visit the DNR website and search for keyword “CWD” or for “baiting and feeding regulations.”

The DNR has a new licensing and registration system for the gun deer season this year, so don’t wait long. There are a few rule changes that will make tagging your deer different this year. Give yourself some time to become familiar with the changes, such as no back tag and different carcass tagging requirements (plus avoid the rush of last minute purchases that we see just before opening day of the Gun Deer hunting season). You will be able to register your deer by phone or online, and you can visit the DNR website to see the weekly deer harvest totals.

Canada Geese & Waterfowl: Hunters are reporting varied success for geese and waterfowl. Successful hunters are reporting a mixed bag with reports of teal, ring-necked ducks, gadwalls, mallards, wood ducks and Mergansers.

Upland Gamebirds: Fall turkey hunting in zone 7 wraps up on November 18, so there’s still time to pursue turkeys. Woodcock numbers will drop as the cold front moves through and gets birds to continue their southbound migration. Woodcock season closed on November 7.

Furbearers: Coyote trapping is now open. Both DNR and university researchers are looking for help to radio-collar incidentally caught bobcats and wolves as a critical component of population monitoring programs. Trappers with incidentally caught wolves can call 715-401-1764, and those with bobcats can contact 715-401-1051. Staff will assess the feasibility of meeting with trappers to collar and release the animal.

*Hunting report for the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce based on observation submitted by DNR Biologist Michele P. Woodford

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.