Northern and panfish putting on a good to excellent bite, with musky, walleye and smallmouth bass providing good action; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the upper 60s.
NORTHERN and MUSKY: Northern and musky in the Eagle River area are locating in generally the same spots. Fish 10 feet of water or less relating to weeds. Use the same baits for both: Small bucktails, glidebaits, twitch baits and topwaters — EXCEPT that in addition, for the northern, northern sucker minnows under a slip bobber are working, too. Use a regular retrieve. There’s an all day bite for both, with northern providing good to excellent action, and musky good action.
PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch are providing good to excellent action in the Eagle River area. Fish 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. The crappies and gills are suspending in these areas, and are often found tight in the weeds. The perch are tight to bottom. Use a small jig or slip bobber with a chunk of crawler, waxie or micro-plastic. All are working. All day action.
WALLEYE: Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 15 feet of water or less off of weed and break edges. The walleye are tight to bottom. Use a jig and a minnow. All day action and the bite is good.
SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fish 10 feet of water or less over sandy or gravel bottoms. Use a tube, or a Sinko rigged wacky. A jig and a minnow or leech are also working. All day action and the bite is good. REMEMBER — smallmouth bass fishing in the Eagle River area is strictly catch-and-release until the harvest season opens on June 21st.
(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).