Eagle River Fishing Report: January 28, 2013

Northern and panfish action is good to excellent, with walleye a solid good bite. All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Ice conditions have improved greatly in the Eagle River area.  Ice thickness ranges from 8 to 14 inches, and travel on the ice is good.  ATV’s and snowmobiles are just fine to use, and a number of anglers are using trucks.  Some guides however will NOT use their trucks on the ice right now.  Caution of course is strongly urged, and better be safe than sorry.  If experienced Eagle River guides won’t use trucks, you should take that very seriously when making your plans.

Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 10-40 feet of water off of break edges or adjacent mud flats. Use a medium shiner or walleye sucker under a tip up; or you can try a jigging spoon with a minnow head.  Both methods are working.  The walleye are tight to bottom.  All day bite with peaks at sunset. Action is a solid “good.”

Northern in the Eagle River area are in 15 feet of water or less in and around weeds.  Use a large shiner or sucker minnow under a tip up, or try a #9 Jigging Rap.  All day bite. Good to excellent action.

Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) are in 10-30 feet of water off of break edges, but the best action is over mud flats.  Perch are tight to bottom, with crappies and bluegills suspending up and down the ate column.  Use a spike, wiggler or waxie under a small jig or slip bobber. Good to excellent action.  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).

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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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