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.

Fishing Report

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




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.


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