Good action for musky, walleye, northern, largemouth bass, and panfish, with smallmouth bass fair to good; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the low 80s. Best fishing action for all species can still be found on the Eagle River Chain of 28 lakes (largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world), except for smallmouth bass which are providing a better bite on the deeper, clearer lakes in the Eagle River area.
Musky are providing a good bite in two different Eagle River areas. Fish in and around shallow weeds in 10 feet of water or less. Use a medium sized bucktail, topwater or crankbait. Musky are also being found suspending in open water, up and down the water column, relative to where bait fish are locating. Fish 10-40 feet of water and use a Bulldawg or some type of deep diving crankbait. Regardless of where you fish, use a regular speed retrieve, and don’t forget to always do a “figure 8” when your lure approaches the boat. All day bite, with peaks early and late.
There’s good action for walleye in the Eagle River area. Fish 10-25 feet of water off of break edges, using a jig and a minnow. The walleye will be tight to bottom. It’s an all day bite, with peaks early and late.
Northern in the Eagle River area are putting on a good bite. Fish 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a #4 or #5 Mepps, bass style spinner bite, or a Husky Jerk in a minnow or walleye pattern. All day action.
Largemouth bass are hitting in 8 feet of water or less in the Eagle River area. Fish shoreline structure, such as brush piles, lily pads, heavy weeds, docks and downed wood. Use a top running frog or rat, a Texas Rig with a plastic worm, or a 4 inch tube. Good bite. All day action.
Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) are hanging in 12 feet of water or less in or near weeds, in the Eagle River area. The perch will be tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column. Use a chunk of crawler or a crappie minnow under a slip bobber, or a small jig. Good all day action.
Smallmouth bass action ranges from fair to good in the Eagle River area. Fish break edges over hardbottom areas (rocks, sand, gravel) in 12-20 feet of water. The smallies are tight to bottom. Use a plastic tube, crankbait, or a jig and a leech.
(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).