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FISH EAGLE RIVER
WEEKLY FISHING REPORT
Temperatures are diving, which means fish are getting ready to feed before lakes ice up. Anglers willing to venture into the cold still have a chance to catch that trophy. The end of muskie season is fast approaching – November 30. For a full fishing report, read below.
Muskie: They are feeding on cisco, so look to deeper areas nearby to find them. Slow-moving artificial baits like Suicks, Eddie Baits and Bulldawgs are getting action.
Northern Pike: Weed edges and other types of cover are where these fish are. Jerkbaits are the ticket.
Walleye: Colder temperatures are increasing their activity. They are being found mostly near holes in smaller lakes and right near drop-offs in larger lakes. Jig and large minnow combos, as well as lindy rigging with large red tail chubs seem to work best.
Bass: (Largemouth) Bass are lurking in the deep weed edges. If fishing weeds, (Smallmouth) Basic live bait rig is always a go to presentation; also crankbaits will work well.
Panfish: Bluegills are being found on the deepest weed edges where the greenest weeds are. For these fish, slip bobber rigs are the way to go baited up with a good selection of live bait such as waxies, and red worms. Plastics are working under bobbers with a twitch of the rod. Crappies are suspending over some mud flats and small jigs tipped with minnows or small blade baits like cicadas will work. Perch are being caught on mud flats using small minnows.
*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
FALL FISHING AND HUNTING IS SECOND TO NONE
While the anticipation of Opening Day lures thousands onto Eagle River area lakes at the beginning of May, every angler knows it’s not until fall when the bites come one after another. Fall in Eagle River is also time for another kind of tradition – hunting.Preparing for a long winter of inactivity, trophy fish like musky, walleye and bass are more than willing to see what bait’s on the end of your line in October and November.
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.