Eagle River Fishing Report: February 4, 2013

Northern and panfish biting strong, with walleye action good, all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Ice in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area ranges from 12-18 inches.  Travel on the ice is a bit more difficult, with a foot of snow in places.  ATV’s and snowmobiles are being used extensively, with trucks also getting out, but local guides tell us that trucks should only be used on lakes and areas that are totally familiar to the driver.  Best suggestion remains hiring one of Eagle River superb fishing guides, who will get you out safely and put you on lots of fish.

Northern in the Eagle River area are locating in 15 feet of water or less in and around old weed growth.  Use a medium to large shiner or sucker minnow under a tip-up.  All day bite.  Action is good to excellent.

Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) in the Eagle River area are locating in 10-35 feet of water off of break edges or over mud flats.  Perch are tight to bottom, with crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column.  Use electronics to find the fishing depth on any given day, as it will vary considerably.  Use a waxie, spike or wiggler under a small jig or slip bobber.  All day bite.  Action is good to excellent.

Walleye in the Eagle River area are locating in 12-40 feet of water, off of break edges or adjacent mud flats. The walleye are tight to bottom.  Use a small to medium shiner or walleye sucker under a tip-up, or a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head.  All day bite, with peaks at sunset.  Good action.

(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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