Fall fishing

Opening day might receive the most fishing season fanfare in Eagle River and Wisconsin, but any good angler knows that one of the best times to catch that trophy fish is in fall.

The weather might throw some cold winds in your face during September or October – jackets and hats become common during these times on the World’s Largest Chain of Freshwater Lakes – but the musky, walleye and northern pike are bigger and hungrier than in spring. Not to mention, the bright fall colors that adorn the Northwoods trees make for a stunning backdrop for a few of those weeks every autumn. While Catfish Lake is one of the largest lakes on the Eagle River Chain and has a reputation for delivering big muskies, there are more than 1,300 lakes and nearly 94,000 acres of freshwater for anglers of any skill level to fish.

While Eagle River is considered a fishing mecca for many long-time anglers, beginners and less experienced anglers have ample opportunity to catch fish and make lasting memories. The area is teeming with fishing guides and outdoor rental shops that are eager to assist in any and all fishing needs. Guides won’t only help with the fundamentals of fishing, they can provide insider knowledge on when and where to cast your line for a chance to haul one in. From boats, rods and bait, rental shops are able to ensure visitors get the best gear for their fishing expeditions, as well.

The best fishing trips are almost never a day trip, so consider staying close to the action by making your time here a vacation or extended weekend. Whether you’re looking for a traditional fishing lodge or an amenity filled resort, the Eagle River area has just about any overnight accommodation under the moon.

If the unthinkable should happen during your trip and you’re not able to reel in a catch of the day, a host of Eagle River area restaurants won’t let you go home on an empty stomach. In fact, you might even find that a fish fry at a supper club or restaurant on the water will put a smile on the faces of the whole family.

Don’t wait too long to reel in that fishing vacation of your dreams; start planning your Eagle River trip today. Begin your adventure on the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce website.

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