FISH EAGLE RIVER
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.
WEEKLY FISHING REPORT
Musky hitting very well at night. Walleye action adequate, but improving. Northern bite is excellent, with both smallmouth and largemouth bass hitting well. Bluegill action best of the panfish, with perch hitting, and crappies striking hard around brush piles. Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area have dropped precipitously, and are now in the 70-75 degree range. Our Eagle River fishing guru, George Langley notes that fishing is in a “general end of summer mode, which means that the water temps go up and down, and lakes conditions are somewhat “green” with algae; but the fishing potential in the Eagle River area will start to increase from this point forward.”
MUSKY: Hitting very well at night in the Eagle River area. Fish deeper water, and weed edge fishing is recommended – -from 8-12 feet up to deep water. Daytime feeding windows are relatively short at this point. There are some very good thermoclines on the Eagle River area’s deeper lakes. Size of the baits are getting larger, with plastics and surface baits working best. Regular retrieve, and don’t forget to always do a “figure 8″ as your lure nears the boat.
WALLEYE: Action is adequate, but has started to improve as the walleyes start moving deeper in general, and towards the holes on the Eagle River Chain of 28 lakes (largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world). The walleye are tight to bottom. Half of a crawler is working best, with leeches coming in second, and a few minnows getting hits. Check out deep mud flats during daytime hours, using a half of a crawler.
NORTHERN: Consistent, excellent bite in the Eagle River area. Very good action in the weeds. Use any flashy lure like a Mepps spinner. A larger chub under a slip bobber is also working well. First the deeper weeds first, and then move shallower.
SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fish much deeper water up to about 21 feet on many Eagle River area lakes. Only requirement is to find hard bottom. Crayfish imitations still working very well, with plastics second.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Use a wacky worm. Largemouth in the weeds in shallower water. Any shallower cover will produce, including weeds, piers, docks, boathouses and brushpiles.
PANFISH: Bluegills best, and are thoroughly invested in shallower weeds on all lakes. Worms and waxies working best. Perch in the same weeds as the bluegills, but locating on the deeper edges of weeds. The perch are basically acting like small walleyes. Schools of crappies are suspending in deeper water, staying near brushpile type structure in 10-15 feet of water. If you find brushpiles, you’ll “strike gold” with the crappies, and the action can be furious. For the perch and crappies use minnows, crawlers, and leeches.
FLY FISHING: With untold numbers of rushing streams, brooks and rivers, Eagle River provides wonderful opportunities for fly anglers of every ilk. And for the adventure of a lifetime go for gamefish with a fly rod on one of the Eagle River area’s hundreds of lakes. Eagle River guide guru, and 35 year avid fly angler for musky, George Langley, tells us that it’s a memorable experience for fly anglers, but realistically you must be able to double-haul cast and attain distances of 70-90 feet on your cast.