Smallmouth putting on an excellent bite, with walleye, northern and panfish action good to excellent, and musky good. All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Water temps in the Eagle River area holding steady at around 60 degrees.
Smallmouth bass in the Eagle River area are providing excellent action. Fish 10-25 feet of water, over hardbottom areas, and off of break edges. Use a plastic tube or crawfish, or a minnow under a slip bobber. All day bite.
Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 10-25 feet of water off of break edges or over adjacent mud flats. Use a minnow on a jig or under a slip bobber. The walleye are tight to bottom. All day action. Bite is good to excellent.
Northern are locating in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds, in the Eagle River area. Use a bass style spinner bait, Mepps, a Husky Jerk (minnow or walleye pattern), 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 outside of weed edges or over adjacent hard bottom areas. Use a chunk of crawler or crappie minnow under a slip bobber or on a small jig. Perch are tight to bottom, with crappies and gills suspending (day and lake dependent — always start deep and work your way up to determine the depth the fish are at on any particular day). All day action. Bite is good to excellent.
Musky are putting on a good bite in the Eagle River area. Fish 10 feet of water or less off of weed edges or in and around weeds. Use a bucktail, topwater, jerkbait, or twitch bait — and live musky suckers (12-15 inches) are starting to work. Regular retrieve. Do a “figure 8” as your lure nears the boat. All day bite, with peaks in the evening.
(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).