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.


Mayfly hatch slowing fishing a bit, with walleye, northern, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and panfish putting on a good bite, with musky fair.

Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are hanging around the 70 degree mark.  The Eagle River area is starting to get into a mayfly hatch.  That means the panfish, walleye, etc. are gorging themselves on mayflies, and running a bit deeper.  Gamefish like musky and northern are also following the panfish deeper.  Fishing is still good, and the mayfly hatch generally lasts a week or so.  So be prepared and be advised, but that doesn’t mean you won’t catch a good number of fish in the Eagle River area – -just a bit slower as far as action is concerned.  We’ll keep you posted.

WALLEYE:   Fish mudflats in 15 feet of water or more.  The walleye are tight to bottom.  Use a jig and a minnow or leech.  All day action, with peaks in the evening. Bite has been good.

NORTHERN:  Fish break edges and weed edges in 15 feet or less.  Use a bass style spinner bait, small bucktail, minnow bait, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber.  All day action and the bite is good.

SMALLMOUTH BASS:   Fish break edges in 20 feet of water or less over hardbottom areas. Use a plastic tube or crawfish, jig and a leech or minnow, or a Senko rigged wacky.  All day action and the bite is good.

LARGEMOUTH BASS:  Largemouth’s are hanging near structure – -docks, weeds, drowned wood, and brush piles – – in 15 feet of water or less.  Use a plastic rigged weedless, spinner bait, topwater like a Scum Frog or Bass Rat, or a Heddon Torpedo.  All day action and the bite is good.

PANFISH:    The panfish are gorging themselves on mayflies in 15 feet of water or less in and around weeds, weed or break edges.  The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column.  Use a crappie minnow, chunk of crawler, or a micro plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber.  All day action and the bite is good.

MUSKY:  Fish break edges in 15 feet of water or less.  The muskies have moved out a little deeper, because their food fish prey have done so, and the muskies follow their food sources.   Use a small to medium sized bucktail, Bulldawg, or topwater.  Standard retrieve. Remember to always do a “figure 8″ as your lure nears the boat.  All day action, with peaks in the evening, and the bite is fair.

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- – like in “musky” and “northern”.  The Eagle River Chamber of Commerce (contact information below) can put you in touch with guides who specialize in fly fishing and those guides will provide you with one of the great memories you’ll ever have.


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