Eagle River Fishing Report: June 23, 2008

Eagle River Wisconsin Fishing

Eagle River, Wisconsin (VILAS COUNTY).

Very good to excellent action for musky, walleye, northern, smallies, and panfish CONTINUES in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

“Same old, same old,” for fishing in the Eagle River area, and that’s great! Fishing continues to grade out from “B+” to a solid “A.”

Musky action remains solid in the Eagle River area, with four fish going to around 48 inches, and one coming in at 51 inches (all catch and release). Fish in and around weeds in 10 feet of water or less. No lure is really “shining,” so “empty the tackle box,” and there’ll be action on something. Bait size should range from small to mid-size.

Walleye in the Eagle River area remain in ten feet of water or less. Use a jig and a fathead, with crawlers and leeches starting to work, as well. Mixed sizes, with the biggest running to about 30 inches. Suggestion: With the water temps rising steadily, there should be a mayfly hatch in the Eagle River area, coming around in the near term. When that happens, the walleyes may position themselves over mudflats to feed on the mayflies. Be prepared, and we’ll keep you posted.

Bass season is now open in the Eagle River area, with the smallies most consistent. Fish break edges in 10 to 15 feet of water over hardbottom. Use a crankbait, Rattle Trap, or a jig, tipped with a minnow, leech or crawler.

Northern in the Eagle River area are on a tear. Fish in and around weeds in ten feet of water or less. Use minnow baits, or small spinners. Excellent action for mixed sizes.

All the panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) are in the same general areas in the Eagle River area. Fish in and around weeds in 10 feet of water or less. Use a crappie minnow, leech or crawler, under a slip bobber, or try a Mini Mite. Good to excellent action, with some sorting, but also some very nice fish being caught.

(Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance interview with Eagle River guide Mat Hegy of Guides Choice Pro Shop).

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Ray Smith is an author, lecturer, creative director and Senior Associate at Creative Brilliance, a full-service advertising and marketing communications company. He has been involved with northern Wisconsin tourism promotion and economic development for more than 20 years.

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