With ice improving anglers are getting out into deeper water. Northern and panfish putting on a good to excellent bite, with walleye action fair to good. All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Ice in the Eagle River area is improving rapidly, with depths now ranging from 4 to over 8 inches. A few ATV’s are venturing out,but strong caution is recommended before using an ATV. Foot travel is still the safest method (travel on the ice right now is quite easy, with just a small snow cover). There are excellent Eagle River guides available to help you find lots of fish, and do so in safety.
Northern in the Eagle River area are locating in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a medium to large shiner or sucker minnow under a tip up. Set your bait 3 to 6 feet off the bottom. All day bite. Action is good to excellent.
Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) are locating in two areas in the Eagle River area. Fish 12 feet of water or less in shallow weeds and mudflats; or fish 20-30 feet over mudflats. Perch are tight to bottom, with crappies and gills suspending anywhere in the water column. Use a spike, waxie or crappie minnow under a small jig or a slip bobber. All day bite, with action good to excellent.
Walleye in the Eagle River area are locating in 8-25 feet of water off of weed edges, break edges or over adjacent mud flats. The walleyes are tight to bottom. Use a small to medium shiner or sucker minnow under a tip-up, or a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head. Action is sporadic during the day, with peaks coming at sunset. Action is fair to good.
(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).