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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 opener is a success – -action good to excellent, with northern and panfish also putting on a good to excellent bite, and walleye and smallmouth bass was good as well.

Water temps at the surface are in the upper 50s in the Eagle River area – and with the now ever increasing water temps, fishing action has picked up accordingly.

MUSKY:  Very good opener in the Eagle River area- – still one of the best, if not THE best musky fishery in Wisconsin.   Fish 10 feet of water or less off of break edges as well as in and around weeds.  Use a small bucktail, glide bait or twitch bait like a large Husky Jerk.  Keep your retrieve moderate – -nothing real fast.  All day action, with peaks coming in the evening.  The bite is good to excellent.

NORTHERN: Fish 10 feet of water or less in the weeds.  Use a Husky Jerk (minnow or walleye pattern), a white bass style spinner bait, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber.  All day aggressive action with the bite good to excellent.

PANFISH:  Crappies, bluegills and perch are off of break edges and weed edges in 10 feet of water or less. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending anywhere in the water column.  Try the tops of weeds, for sure.  Use a chunk of crawler, crappie minnow, or micro-plastic on a small jig or under a slip bobber.  All day action and the bite is good to excellent.

WALLEYE: Walleye are tight to bottom off of break edges in 10 feet of water or less.  Use a 1/16 ounce jig and a fathead minnow, or try a small Rapala, as they’ve been working nicely.  All day action, with peaks in the evening.  The bite is good.

SMALLMOUTH BASS:  Fish hard bottom sand or gravel areas in six feet of water or less.  There are still bass on their beds, but they’re getting near to finishing their spawn.  Use a #3 Mepps extra deep, the old tried and true three inch tube on a jig, or a jig and minnow.  All day action, and the bite is good.  Don’t forget- – smallmouth bass in the Eagle River area are strictly catch-=and-release until the harvest season begins on June 20th.

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