Walleye, northern and panfish putting on a good to excellent bite, with musky action good and improving. All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Water temps in the Eagle River area are in the low 40s and continuing to fall.
Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 10-30 feet of water off of main lake break edges. The walleye are tight to bottom. Use a jig a minnow. All day action, and the bite is good to excellent.
Northern in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds and off of weed edges. Use a Husky Jerk (minnow or walleye pattern), bass style spinner bait, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day action. Bite is good to excellent.
Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) are in 15 feet of water or less in the Eagle River area. Fish weed edges or adjacent hardbottom areas. Use a chunk of crawler or crappie minnow on a small jig or under a slipbobber. Perch are tight to bottom, with crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column (lake and day dependent – start at the bottom and work your way up until you reach the depth that the fish are locating at on that particular day). All day action and the bite is good to excellent.
Musky in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds, OR off of main lake break edges in 15-30 feet of water. Use a standard size jerkbait, glidebait, crankbait, or a 13-17 inch live sucker. Standard retrieve, and don’t forget to do a “figure 8” as your lure nears the boat. All day action (no particular feeding windows — just random). Bite is good and improving.
(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).