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.


Musky, walleyes, and crappies putting on a good bite, with perch fair to good.  Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the low 40s and continuing to drop as cold weather moves in.

MUSKY:  Use 14-18 suckers and drag them along deep weed or break edges (10-18 feet of water).  Also, many musky hunters are missing the opportunity to cast some big jerkbaits while dragging suckers.  Some good hits are had by doing this, and will up your percentage of success.  Remember to always do a figure 8 as the bait nears your boat.  Feeding windows are iffy and are lake dependent – -water temps have a lot to do with it. All day bite and the action is good.

WALLEYE:  The walleyes are still locating over mudflats in 15-30 feet of water. They’re tight to bottom. Fish the holes or depressions in the mudflats for your best change of getting hits.  Use a big redtail chub or an XL fathead on a 1/8th ounce or 1Ž4 ounce (if it’s windy) jig.  All day bite and the action is good.

CRAPPIES:  Suspending on mid lake basins in 20 feet of water.  Use a jig and a minnow.  Plastics are not working that well right now.  Fish mid-morning to mid-afternoon for best results.  All day bite and the action is good.

PERCH:  Mixed in with the walleyes over mudflats in 15-30 feet of water. The perch are tight to bottom. Use a smaller minnow or a crawler on a jig.  All day action and the bite is fair to good.


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