what George Langley of the Eagle River Fishing Guide
Association, is reporting about fishing in the Eagle
FISHING WITH THE GUIDES
by George Langley
Mid-summer conditions are here, with that great morning and evening fishing that goes along with the comfortable temperatures that go along with those time periods. There is still a lot of boating traffic, and the sun is still very high, so fish are deep in the weeds or in deep water during the daytime.
We have been a little dry for the last week, but overall the lake levels are higher than last year. With the rain has come lake flies and mosquitoes, so take repellant along. Weed growth is good, with most weeds right to the top. Water temps will be quite high this week with the warm temps expected.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good for this time of year. Most fish are being found near the deep edges of the weeds. As we said, mornings and evenings are best, but you can find some fish during the daytime also. Fish close to the bottom wherever you are fishing. The weed edges are roughly 8’ on the darker water lakes and 12’ on the deeper lakes. All live bait is working now, with minnows, leeches and crawlers even in their production. If you are using crawlers, use half crawlers for best effect.
Bass fishing is at its’ summer best now, with the smallies out on rocks and feeding daily on crayfish. We have been getting some also on Rapalas twitched on calm days over those rocks. Leeches are the best live bait for these guys. Largemouth are definitely in the slop and can be in water as shallow as 3’. Plastics and spinnerbaits are working best for these fish. Crawlers will work, but the bluegills will drive you crazy.
Northerns are in the weeds and hitting well. Look for areas of deeper grass weeds for best production. Chubs are best for these fish, but artificials such as Mepps and Johnson “Silver Minnows work well also.
Musky action has been very good, with some big fish now being caught throughout the area. Overall, bucktails are working best, but all bait types work at this time of year. Night fishing is also good. It is a good time of the year to use surface baits, if your heart can stand it.
Panfish action has been great, especially for crappies and bluegills. The ‘gills are in the shallower weeds, and the crappies are in the deeper weeds. Both are providing great daily action for anglers of all ages. You’ll also find perch in the deeper weeds acting like small walleye.
It’ll be a good week to get out there.
Good luck and good fishn’
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*George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guide Association, 715-479-8804;
Mid- summer is upon us but with the late spring everything is two to three weeks behind a normal summer. Our rain fall is way above average and we have overcome the drought of the past eight years. Lake levels are either up or near normal water levels, except for the seepage lakes. I look for good fishing in the early part of July and after mid-month the fishing may slow down for several weeks depending on the air temperatures. With all the rain we have had, the mosquitos are the worst we have seen in several years. Wood ticks are also very bad this year as we did not have an extremely cold winter. Upon returning from the woods or hiking check your body for these pests. If hiking tuck your pants legs into your socks to keep these pests from crawling up your legs.
July is a good time to do some hiking because the young wildlife is out and about and it is fun to site these animals. This month from mid-month to the end will be the start of the blueberry season and it will be one of the best in many years. Early July will be the start of raspberry and wild strawberry picking time so get those pies made and put some in the freezer for the winter months.
Get out there and enjoy our Northwoods outdoors and please respect the environment.
Keep a tight line,
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Scattering Rice Lake Rd.,
River, WI 54521,