Anglers starting to ice fish in Eagle River, with good action for northern and panfish and a fair to good bite for walleye; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Some of the smaller lakes in the Eagle River area are reporting 3 to 4 inches of ice, with a tad more in some of the shallower back bay areas. The larger lakes are still not safe to go out on. Indeed, all of the fishing is in fairly shallow water, as the deeper water areas are not yet accessible. Extreme caution is recommended regardless of where you want to go out. Best suggestion: Hire an Eagle River guide. They are experts on putting you on fish in complete safety.
Foot travel only on the ice right now. No vehicles of any type.
All of the fishing in the Eagle River area is happening in 10 feet of water or less in the weeds and off of weed edges. Anglers are somewhat “trapped” in the shallow water areas (back bays, shallow bays, sheltered areas), because the deeper water is not safe to go out on, yet.
Northern are putting on a good all date bite in the Eagle River area. Fish 10 feet of water or less in the weeds or off of weed edges. Use a northern sucker or shiner under a tip up.
For panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) in the Eagle River area fish 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. The perch will be tight to bottom with the crappies and gills up and down the water column. Use a waxie or a crappie minnow under a small jig or slip bobber. Good action. All day bite.
The walleye in the Eagle River area are in 6 to 10 feet of water in and around weeds, and off of weed edges. The walleye will be a foot off the bottom to tight to the bottom. Use a small sucker or a shiner under a tip up. Fair to good action at sunset.
(This report based on Creative Brilliance interviews with Eagle River guides “Muskie Matt” of Wild Eagle Lodge, “Ranger Rick” Krueger of Guide’s Choice Pro Shop, and Mat Hegy).