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.


Northern and panfish putting on a good to excellent bite, with walleye and smallmouth bass (strictly catch-and-release until June 20th) good. Don’t forget that the musky season opens next Saturday, May 23rd; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River area are in the upper 50s on the surface.  As you go down into the water column, the temps drop.  A couple of asides:  The bluegills have come in.  One of our guide sources says he was helping put in a dock for a friend, and the bluegills were literally swarming around him.  Also – -the crappies are a tad deeper, but still seeking cover as their spawns draws towards it close.

NORTHERN:  Fish 10 feet of water or less in and around remaining weeds and new weed growth.  Use a northern sucker under a slip bobber, a Husky Jerk (minnow or walleye pattern), spinner baits, or crankbaits.  All are working.  All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

PANFISH:  Crappies, bluegills and perch.  Fish 10 feet of water or less in and around remaining weeds.  The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and bluegills suspending.  Use a chunk of crawler, crappie minnow, or a micro-plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber.  All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

WALLEYE:  Fish 10 feet of water or less off of weed edges and break edges.  The walleye are tight to bottom.  Use a 1/16 ounce jig and a fathead minnow.  All day action, with peaks near sunset.  All day action and the bite is good.

SMALLMOUTH BASS:   Fish 10 feet of water or less over hardbottom sand and gravel areas.  The bass are starting to spawn, and many are on their beds.  Please – -be a good environmental activist while enjoying your fishing, by not disturbing any fish who are on their beds.  And don’t forget, right now in the Eagle River area, smallmouth bass are strictly catch-and-release until the harvest season opens on June 20th.   Use a small crankbait, three inch plastic tube, or a jig and a minnow.  All day action and the bite is good.


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