Good to excellent action for northern, and panfish, with a good bite for musky, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are hovering around 70 degrees. Best all around action is on the Eagle River Chain of 28 lakes (largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world), except for smallmouth bass which are hitting best on the deeper, clearer lakes in the Eagle River area.
Northern in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a small bucktail, a Husky Jerk in a walleye or minnow pattern, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. Good to excellent action.
Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) are in 15 feet of water or less off of weed edges, in the Eagle River area. Use a chunk of crawler or a crappie minnow under a slip bobber or jig. The perch will be tight to bottom, with the crappies and bluegills suspending up and down the water column. Good to excellent all day bite.
Musky in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less in the weeds. Use a bucktail, topwater, or jerkbait. All day bite, with peaks early and late. Normal retrieve, with a “figure 8” as the lure nears your boat. Good action. One note: While suckers will work, they’re very tough to keep alive in this warm weather, so musky hunters are not using them to a great extent right now — especially because of the high prices for the suckers.
Walleye in the Eagle River area are tight to bottom in 10-20 feet of water off of break edges. Use a jig and a fathead minnow. All day bite, with peaks in the evening. Good action.
Largemouth bass in the Eagle River area are in the weeds in 10 feet of water or less. Use a top-running plastic frog or rat, or a plastic worm rigged Texas style. Good action.
Smallmouth bass are locating in the deeper, clearer lakes in the Eagle River area. Fish 10-20 feet of water off of break edges over hardbottom (rocks, gravel, sand). Use a plastic tube or crawfish, a deep diving crankbait, or a jig and a minnow. Good all day bite.
(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).