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Eagle River, Wisconsin 54521

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Fishing Information

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 25 May 2019
For fishing information or regulation updates, visit

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)

Jan 13 to Jan-20
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Eagle River Sports Facebook

Our January weather, in actuality has been pretty mild, with very good ice fishing weather and very good ice fishing conditions out there. In general, the ice runs from 8” to 13” in thickness and people are driving on many lakes in the area. This is a good thing, because now is the time to take your kids out – they can warm in the vehicle if needed and still be there for the fun. It also avoids very long walks onto the lakes. A little more snow would be welcome, but we sure would like to avoid any of those huge storms that make it difficult to get around.

That last 5” snow did improve the skiing and snow shoeing conditions and made the snowmobiling conditions a little better. With the Derby here, there should be a lot of snowmobiles on the trails.

Walleye fishing has stayed pretty good in the area. So far, we have avoided that dreaded January slowdown with the below zero temps. We've seen some pretty good numbers on the Eagle River Chain and some of the mid-sized lakes in the area. In general, the fish are deeper during the daytime and as usual moving shallower to feed in the evenings. Shiners work best on the Chain as it is darker water. On the deeper lakes the fish are also deeper in the daytime and can be jigged in 30' of water quite successfully. Use a vertical jig tipped with a minnow head for best results. As on the Chain, the fish will move to shallower water in the evenings and night and into the weeds.

Northerns are hitting well. They are daytime feeders, so you can use tip-ups with larger shiners all day for them. Look for weeds to set the tip-ups. They have been hitting well on lakes like Boot, Deerskin and Pioneer. This type of fishing is a great way to get kids interested in ice fishing, and there is a way to get them filleted out, that gets rid of the Y bones. They taste great from this cold water.

There have been a good amount of bass caught on tip-ups, especially largemouth. Most anglers will release these fish, but they can be good tasting in the cold water also.

Panfish action has been good, especially for crappies in the last week or so. With our ability to get around now, we can fish the holes on the Chain to good effect. Use electronics to locate schools of these guys and be aware that they move around a lot in that deeper water. Vertical jigs tipped with waxies work well, as do tip-downs with minnows. On many lakes you'll also find these fish moving to the weed edges to feed. Bluegill fishing in the weeds has been pretty consistent and as usual, the trick for these fish is to find the bigger ones. They have been hitting mostly on waxies with small jigs and very light line. Perch have begun to feed more and more on wigglers near the bottom, so locate you baits near the bottom for them. Lakes like South Twin are good producers. Look for softer bottom areas now in or near weeds.

Take advantage of this great weather to get out there! Sooner or later it will be below zero.

Good luck and good fishin'!

5th Show PMTT Eagle River & Cave Run 2014

One of our photos is at about 10:44 minutes.
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Dec 03 2018

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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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.