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 action is very good and picking up. Panfish is excellent as is , with largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Northerns are also have a very good bite. The walleye bit is average. Water temps in the Eagle River area have plummeted despite a slight warming trend. Temps now in the low to mid 60s.
George Langley notes: “Fall is coming to Eagle River like a railroad train, and with water temps dropping, anglers can start looking for some spectacular musky fishing in the near term.”
MUSKY: Musky action is very good right now, as the muskies start responding to the drop in water temps and look to begin their fattening up process for winter. The musky action will markedly improve as Eagle River heads into fall. All types of baits- – surface to deep running plastics are working, which indicates the muskies are spread out all over the place – from feeding windows in weed beds to suspending out over deeper water. Use a regular retrieve, and remember to always do a “figure 8″ as your lure nears the boat.
PANFISH: The fishing for crappies, bluegills and perch in the Eagle River area is, in a word, “excellent.” Bluegills are best. Fish the shallow weeds using worms or waxies. Always look for weeds when going after the bluegills. The perch are very active in the deeper edges of the weeds. Use a leech, crawler or a minnow. Crappies are around deep brush piles in the 10-15 foot range. Use a minnow for the crappies.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Very good to excellent action for the very active largemouth’s. Fish relatively shallow water (lake dependent), in locations with the heaviest possible weeds, brushpiles, drowned trees, and piers. The largemouth are hitting most anything including surface baits, spinner baits and plastics.
SMALLMOUTH BASS: Action is improving, as the smallies move a little bit shallower. Fish rocks and humps in hardbottom areas. Use a crayfish imitation, red or brown crankbait, a tube, or a plastic. Leeches are the best live bait.
NORTHERN: The northerns are very active in the weeds, both shallower (five feet deep, or so), or in deep grass type weeds on the clear lakes. Any flashy lure – -inline spinner like a Mepps – – Johnson Silver Minnow, Daredevil, or Rapala will work. Large chubs are the best live bait.
WALLEYE: Walleye action in the Eagle River area is average to just a tad above average. The walleyes are moving to deeper water particularly on the Eagle River Chain of 28 lakes (largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world), where they’re heading towards the holes. George Langley points out that anglers should note that there is still a strong thermocline on the deeper water Eagle River area lakes. Try some alternate baits – -always take minnows- – but make sure you’ve got leeches and crawlers.
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.