Excellent northern bite, with panfish good to excellent, and walleye action good; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
3 to 6 inches of ice on smaller Eagle River area lakes, with 1 to 3 inches on the larger, clearer lakes. About 5 to 6 inches of snow cover IN SPOTS on all lakes. Travel is still good (foot travel only!). Using creepers is not a bad idea, and taking a spud is essential for safety. Anglers are fishing back bays, and shallower areas, and in a few cases are able to get out to the main basins on some of the smaller Eagle River area lakes. Caution is strongly advised, and do not go out alone. Our suggestion remains the same: Hire one of Eagle River’s excellent, experienced guides who will put you on lots of fish in complete safety.
Northern in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a medium or large shiner or northern sucker on a tip-up. All day bite. Excellent action.
Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch)are off weed and break edges or over mudflats, in the Eagle River area. Fish 8-25 feet of water. The perch will be tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column. Use a spike or waxie on a small jig or a small minnow on a tip-down. All day bite. Good to excellent action.
Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 8 to 30 feet of water off of weed edges or break edges. Use a small to medium shiner on a tip-jp, or a jigging spoon tipped with a fathead minnow – – and many anglers are having great success using the fathead minnow’s HEAD only on their jigging spoon. The walleye are tight to bottom. Good action, with the best bite 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).