The Eagle River area is a world-class fishing destination – the hub of all Northwoods’ fishing. Our numerous lakes are well known for their trophy-sized fish – musky, northern, walleye and bass. Plus panfish are plentiful and are always fun to catch for a homemade fish fry. Our rivers and streams are also a popular attractions for fly fishing and don’t forget wintertime offers great ice fishing opportunities too. If you haven’t been fishing in area waters in years or you don’t know the best spots, there are many expert area guides eager to help you lure in the big ones and to provide lessons for a lifetime. Area bait shops are always helpful in sharing specific information about the hottest baits or lures. So come and enjoy our diverse fishery. You will be glad that you did.


It is slightly slushy for ice fishermen. However, ice depths are holding near a foot in most areas and anglers are reporting plenty of action.

Fishing Report

Northern Pike: Typically suspended in 8 to 14 feet of water. Set tip-ups 1 to 2 foot above the weed tops tipped with a medium to large golden shiner or a sucker minnow. The bite seems to be good to very good all day long until dark.
Walleyes: Set up along the deepest weed edges during the day and then in the evening, set up near rock humps that have deeper water around them using tip-ups tipped with golden shiners set 1 to 2 foot above the bottom. The bite has been good, especially in the evening. For jigging, use rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head.
Crappies: They are settling deep in the main lake basins, just a few feet off the bottom. Jigging with tungsten jigs tipped with either plastic tail, spikes or waxies will get you bit. Bite has been fair during the daylight hours.
Perch: Finding them on deep rock bars and on the mud flats jigging a tungsten live bait combo of wigglers, spikes, and waxies or crappie minnows. The bite is good to very good during daylight hours.
Bluegills: Use small ice jigs tipped with spikes or waxies in shallow weed of 4 to 8 feet of water.

*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. Snowmobile trails report provided by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce.


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