Good to excellent northern bite, with good panfish action and walleye fair in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Ice depth in the Eagle River area is holding between 12-15 inches on most lakes. Travel can be difficult (especially by foot). Best way to get around is by ATV or snowmobile. Motor vehicles still not recommended.
Northern are putting on a good to excellent bite in the Eagle River area. Fish 15 feet or less off of weed edges. Use a medium to larger shiner, under a tip up. Place your bait 4-5 feet off the bottom. All day action.
Panfish are hitting in two patterns in the Eagle River area. Fish 15-35 feet over mudflats, or in weeds in 15 feet of water or less. Perch will be tight to bottom. Crappies and bluegills will be suspending up and down the water column, with depth being day dependent, and changing continuously. Start fishing near the bottom and work your way up until you find the schools. Use a crappie minnow under a tip down or slip bobber; or use a small jig tipped with a waxie or spike. Good all day action.
Walleye are fair in the Eagle River area. Fish mud flats in 15-35 feet of water. Use a jigging spoon with a minnow head, or a small shiner or sucker minnow under a tip up. The walleyes will be locating within a foot of the bottom. All day bite, with peaks around sunset.
(Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce 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).
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