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
Good bite for musky, walleye, northern, smallmouth and largemouth bass and panfish. Fly fishing for musky and northern good to go. Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area heading towards 80. Summer warmth!
MUSKY: Definitely best action is at night. Use a large surface bait. Regular retrieve, and don’t forget to always do a “figure 8″ when your lure nears the boat. The muskies are all over the place, suspending at various depths, and also staging during feeding windows up into the weeds.
WALLEYE: Low light conditions are best – -early morning and late evening. Use a leech on a jig, rather than a minnow, right now. The walleye are tight to bottom, and locating in deeper water, or depending on the water clarity, can be in depths ranging from 8-12 feet.
NORTHERN: Great action in the weeds, everywhere. Shallow weeds- – or deep grass weeds on lakes that have that growth in 12-15 feet of water. Use any flashy bait, a Mepps spinner, or a chub minnow under a slip bobber.
SMALMOUTH BASS: Fish hardbottom areas, like deeper rocks, and gravel in 8-15 feet of water. A leech is the best live bait, or try a plastic tube jig in brown or red.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Hitting very well in shallow weeds – -2 to 8 feet of water, or try heavy cover and structure like brush piles, drowned wood and docks. Use a topwater or a wacky worm rig. All day action.
PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch are in the weeds or brushpile areas. Crappies are deepest and suspending up and down. Bluegills are shallowest. Perch are tight to bottom and acting like small walleyes, in the deeper weeds. Use plain red worms, or waxies.
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.