Walleye, northern and panfish all putting on a good to excellent bite in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Ice is steadily growing in the Eagle River area. We’re seeing 4 to 8 inches, depending on the lake and area, and increasing daily. There are some reports of ATV’s and snowmobiles venturing out. Use caution and discretion. Foot travel is still strongly recommended. We continue to urge visitors to always hire one of the Eagle River area’s top-flight guides. You’ll catch fish, and you’ll be safe doing so.
Walleye in the Eagle River area are off of weed and break edges in 10-25 feet of water (ice anglers are now able to get out to these areas). The walleye are tight to bottom. Use a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow, or a small to medium walleye sucker or shiner under a tip up. All day action, with peaks in the evening. Good to excellent bite.
Northern in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less in and around dead, standing weeds. Use a medium to large shiner or northern sucker under a tip up. All day action. Bite has been good to excellent.
Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) are in 15 feet of water or less on mud flats or remaining weeds. The perch are tight to bottom. Crappies and gills are suspending up and down the water column. Use electronics to locate the fish and depth. Small jigs tipped with waxies or spikes are your best bet. Action is good to excellent.
(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).