Ice improving, with good to excellent action for northerns and panfish, and walleye bite good. All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Ice is improving in the Eagle River area. There is 3 to 7 inches of ice — lake and area dependent. The bigger lakes are thinner. Eagle River area anglers are just starting to get out to main basin areas on the smaller lakes, with a very few deeper areas of the bigger lakes becoming accessible. Only use foot travel which currently is easy, with a 2-4 inch snow cover on most lakes. Definitely use creepers and take a spud. For sure, don’t go out alone, and extreme caution is recommended. We still urge you to hire an Eagle River area guide, who is familiar with Eagle River’s multitude of lakes and can put you on fish without compromising safety.
Northern in the Eagle River area are locating in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a medium to large shiner under a tip-up, or a #9 Jigging Rap. All day bite. Good to excellent action.
Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) in the Eagle River area are locating in 10-25 feet of water off of break edges, and adjacent mud flats, or are scattered among the remaining weeds and vegetation. Use a waxie, spike or crappie minnow on a small jig or slip bobber. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column. Good excellent action with an all day bite.
Walleye in the Eagle River area are locating in 8 to 22 feet of water off of weed and break edges as well as over adjacent mud flats. Use a small to medium sized shiner or sucker minnow under a tip-up. A minnow head on a jigging spoon is also working well. The walleye are tight to bottom. All day bite with peaks at sunset. Good action.
(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).