Musky, walleye, northern and panfish all providing a good to excellent bite. All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
While we’re seeing some ice form along shoreline edges in places, water temps remain in the mid to upper 30s. So while you should be getting your ice fishing tackle in shape, there is still some good to excellent open water fishing going on in the Eagle River area.
Musky in the Eagle River area are in 12-25 feet of water off of break edges and over main lake basins. Use a crankbait, jerkbait, Bull Dawg or live sucker (14-17 inches). Your baits should be regular size, but your retrieve should be a tad slower than normal. Do a “figure 8” for sure, as your bait nears the boat. All day action, with short feeding windows. Bite is good to excellent.
Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 10-30 feet of water off of break edges and over main lake basins. Use a jig and a minnow. The walleyes are tight to bottom. All day action. Bite is good to excellent.
Northern in the Eagle River area are ins 10 feet of water or less off of weed edges or in and around weeds. Use a Husky Jerk, minnow bait, or northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day action. Bite is good to excellent.
Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) are off of break edges and weed edges in 10-25 feet of water in the Eagle River area. Use a crappie minnow or a chunk of crawler under a slip bobber or on a small jig. Perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending (day and lake dependent, so start fishing at the bottom and work your way up until you find where the fish are on that particular day on that particular lake). All day action. Bite 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).