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Eagle River, Wisconsin 54521

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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 26 May 2018
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For those looking the the trout here in Vilas County
Check out Wisconsin DNR Trout map.

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)

06-17 to 06-24
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Eagle River Sports Facebook

Would you like some more rain?? It feels like we have gotten a whole summer of rain in the last week. There have been places flooded that haven't been in anyone's memory. Roads, driveways and basements have all received an unwelcome dose of heavy rain for the last week or so. As a result, the lakes and streams are high and in many cases flooded. The rain has also dropped the water temps, which were in the 70's. The UP has been hit especially hard - we're thinking of those living in the Houghton/Hancock area. Stay safe.

We're heading for the 4th of July period fast, with almost all fish long since finished with their spawn and adopting summer patterns. Weeds have been a slow growth item this year, but are now beyond the emergent stage and looking pretty good. Fish of all types are using these weeds at this point.

The next big this is the mayfly hatch, which had started on the Eagle River Chain before all that rain.

Walleye fishing has been good, with good numbers reported on the Chain, but not great size yet. These fish are both in deeper water and in the weeds to feed. As that mayfly hatch develops, we'll see a lot more on the mudflats chasing these nymphs. The ups and downs of the water temps hasn't made this a normal year at all. Both minnows and crawlers are working at this point, both in the weeds and on the edges of the holes.

On the bigger lakes the fish are still mostly after minnows, and in the weeds where they've grown. Look for 6 – 12' of water for these weeds. Evenings will find the fish moving shallower to feed. Also, try some of the rock bars coming out of deeper water with minnows.

Bass fishing has been very good, with both smallies and largemouth hitting well after their spawn. The largemouth will usually stay in much shallower than the smallies, and can be caught in weeds, under piers and other shoreline cover, and will suprise us by using boulders also in shallow water. You can fish both smallies and largemouth quite often on these boulders. The smallmouth for the most part drop deeper and utilize rocks in 8 – 15' of water, feeding on crayfish as their main diet item.

As far as baits go, just about anything for the largemouth will work – plastics, shallow crank baits and surface baits all are very productive. For those smallies, use any crayfish imitations, wacky worms and even surface baits

Northerns are hitting in the weeds on just about anything that moves or makes noise. It seems more of these fish are caught by accident by walleye and musky anglers then by those targeting them. These fish taste great if you know how to fillet the “Y” bones out, and they are so numerous that you can get great active days from them. Just find weeds and start fishing.

Musky action has, to be honest, been slow. Each year they seem to start hitting later than we would like, and this year is no exception. With the dramatic drops in the water temps caused by the cold fronts, the action has been slower then usual. Small baits are still more effective than the larger “regular” musky baits, but that will change as the water warms. Panfish action has been good, with bluegills still near the shores and in the shallow weeds. If you can see weeds from your boat, the chances are that you have found those 'gills. Crappies are mostly in weeds for cover also. Small plastics are working well for the crappies. Perch are in the deeper weeds.

If it ever stops raining, get out there and enjoy some of the good fishing in the area!

Good luck and good fishin'!

5th Show PMTT Eagle River & Cave Run 2014

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Nov 14 to Nov 21 , 2017

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.