FISH EAGLE RIVER
WEEKLY FISHING REPORT
The 31st annual National Championship Musky Open offers a chance for friends and family to fish on the World’s Largest Chain of Freshwater Lakes® the weekend of August 19 through 21. Visit our webpage for more information.
Anglers don’t need to wait for the catch-and-release tournament, however. Check out a detailed fishing report, below, for tips on how to catch various species of fish.
Muskie: Weeds, rocks, break lines, and mid-lake humps depending on the lake. Don’t forget to bring an arsenal of baits to cover a lot of water. Remember the proper equipment is needed to use certain baits.
Northern Pike: Fishing the weed edges with bass style spinnerbaits or inline spinnerbaits such as Mepps #4 and #5, and weedless spoons, such as Johnson Silver Minnows. Jig and minnow combos fishing near weeds for walleyes will catch a few also.
Walleye: With high water temps and a lot of recreational boaters, plant to fish early morning hours or later evening hours. Have lots of options ready.
Bass: (Largemouth) Bass spinnerbaits (safety pin style) and crankbaits are working well. If fishing weeds, don’t forget to bring top water baits like a Scum Frog or a Zara Spook; adding this approach will add to success. Texas and Carolina rigging plastics will also entice that fish to bite. (Smallmouth) Basic live bait rig is always a go to presentation; also plastics and crankbaits will work well.
Panfish: For Bluegills, slip bobber rigs are the way to go baited up with a good selection of live bait such as waxies, small leeches and red worms. Plastics are working under bobbers with a twitch of the rod to make sure they have actions. Crappies will be looking for cover in the weeds, downed trees or around cribs and a slip bobber rigged with small minnow or plastics; work them the same way as with Bluegills. Perch are in the weeds too, and using a selection of small leeches, red worms and small minnows on slip bobbers are the ticket for them.
*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.
Eagle River contacts
* Eagle River Chamber of Commerce – 800-359-6315 or 715-479-6400
* “Muskie Matt” – 715-891-5980
*George Langley – 715-479-8804
*Colin Crawford – 715-891-2715
SPRING IS IN THE AIR
The calendar might say that spring officially starts next week in Wisconsin. Talk to any avid fisherman, however, and you’ll be told it’s the first Saturday in May – Opening Day.