Eagle River Fishing Report: November 19, 2012

Good to excellent action for panfish, with walleye and northern providing a good bite, and musky fair. Grouse hunting very good, ducks on bigger waters, and gun deer season is open. All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the mid 30s.

Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) are putting on a good to excellent all day bite in the Eagle River area.  Fish 10-30 feet of water off of break edges, or over adjacent mud flats.  The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending anywhere in the water column.  Use a crappie minnow, waxie or chunk of crawler on a jig or under a slip bobber.

Walleye in the Eagle River area are putting on a good all day bite.  Fish 10-30 feet of water off of break edges, or adjacent mud flats.  The walleye are tight to bottom.  Use a jig and minnow.

Northern are in 10 feet of water or less holding near green weeds, in the Eagle River area.  Use a Husky Jerk in a minnow or walleye pattern, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber.  Good all day bite.

Musky in the Eagle River area are locating off of break edges or weed edges in 10-25 feet of water.  Use a medium sized jerkbait, or glidebite, and suckers in the 12-17 inch range are also working.  Use a slow retrieve, and do a figure “8″ as your bait nears the boat.  All day bite, with short feeding windows.  The action is fair.

(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).

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Ray Smith is an author, lecturer, creative director and Senior Associate at Creative Brilliance, a full-service advertising and marketing communications company. He has been involved with northern Wisconsin tourism promotion and economic development for more than 20 years.

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