Good to excellent action for northern and panfish, with walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass providing a good bite, and musky fair to good, all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Water temps have dipped just a skosh and are hovering in the mid 70s — but the fishing action remains “hot” in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area. Best all around bet for success for most species is the Eagle River Chain of 28 lakes (largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world), with the clearer, deeper lakes in the Eagle River area, the better choice for smallmouth bass.
Northern in the Eagle River area are locating in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a Mepps #4, spinner bait, or a Husky Jerk in a minnow or walleye patter. Action has been good to excellent. All day bite.
Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) are putting on a good to excellent all day bite in the Eagle River area. Fish 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Perch will be tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column. Use a chunk of crawler, or Berkley Gulp under a slip bobber.
Walleye in the Eagle River area are locating off of break edges in 10-25 feet of water. Use a jig and a leech or a jig and a half of a crawler. The walleye are tight to bottom. All day bite, with a peak in the evening. Action is good.
Largemouth bass in the Eagle River area are putting on a good all day bite. Fish 10 feet of water or less in and around structure — docks, weeds, lily pads, brush piles, and downed trees. Use a top running plastic frog or rat, a jig and a leech, or a plastic worm rigged Texas style.
Smallmouth bass in the Eagle River area are locating on clearer, deeper lakes. Fish break edges in 12-30 feet of water over hardbottom areas (rocks, gravel, or sand). The depth will vary and is day dependent. Use a plastic tube, plastic crawfish, jig and a leech, and at sunset try a topwater. Action has been good, with a pronounced peak in the evening.
Musky action in the Eagle River area is fair to good — and improving. Fish 10 feet of water or less, in and around weeds. Use a medium sized bucktail, topwater, jerkbait or crankbait — they’re all working. Use a medium/moderate retrieve, and be sure to do a “figure 8” when the lure gets near your boat. All day bite, with peaks in the evening.
(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).