Good to excellent action for panfish, with a good bite for walleye, northern and bass; and musky fair to good; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are holding in the low 80s. Fishing action remains good, with the Eagle River Chain of 28 lakes (largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world) providing the best bite across the board, except for smallmouth bass, where the clearer, deeper lakes in the Eagle River area are offering the best chances for success.
The panfish bite (crappies, bluegills and perch) is very good to excellent in the Eagle River area. Fish 15 feet of water or less along weed edges. The perch will be tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column. Use a crappie minnow, chunk of crawler, or Berkley Gulp on a small jig or under a slip bobber. All day bite.
Walleye action in the Eagle River area is good. Fish 10-25 feet of water along break edges, over hardbottom areas. Use a jig and a leech or a jig and a half of a crawler. All day bite with peaks at sunrise and sunset.
Northern are putting on a good bite in the Eagle River area. Fish 15 feet of water or less along weed edges or adjacent break edges. Use a Mepps #4, bass style spinner bait, or a Husky Jerk in a minnow or walleye pattern. All day bite.
The largemouth bass bite in the Eagle River area is good. Fish 10 feet of water or less, along shoreline structure (docks, downed wood, lily pads, weeds or brush piles). Use topwaters like frogs and rats early and late, and a Texas Rig with a plastic worm all day.
Smallmouth bass are being found mainly in the deeper, clearer lakes of the Eagle River area. Fish 10-35 feet of water off of break edges over hardbottom areas. Use a 3 inch tube, plastic crawfish, or a jig and a leech. All day bite. Good action.
Musky in the Eagle River area are providing two fishing patterns. Fish shallow weeds in 10 feet of water or less, or open water main lake basins in 10-30 feet of water. The musky will be found in the deeper water wherever the bait fish are locating. Use a medium sized bucktail, topwater or crankbait, with a moderate retrieve. Always do a “figure 8” when your lure nears the boat. Action is fair to good with peaks at sunrise, sunset, or after dark.
(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).