Northern and panfish action is good to excellent, with the walleye bite fair; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Ice conditions in the Eagle River area are good, with 22 or more inches of ice being generally found. Travel getting out and on the ice is still touch, with snow and some slush, and a fair amount of drifting.
NORTHERN: Northern in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less in and around remaining weeds. Use a medium to large shiner or northern sucker under a tip up; or you’ll get hits using a large jigging spoon, run plain, or tipped with a minnow. Doesn’t make much difference which you use, as the northern are going to hit your spoon because of motion, and not necessarily scent, as a walleye might do. All day bite. Action is good to excellent.
PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch in the Eagle River area are locating on mud flats in 30 feet of water or less. Perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills scattering a bite more than they have, thus suspending at different depths (lake and day dependent). Definitely use a flasher to locate the depth of the crappies and gills, which will save you a lot of time and effort drilling holes that won’t produce. Use a waxie, spike, wiggler or crappie minnow under a tip up or on a small jig. All day bite. Action is good to excellent.
WALLEYE: Walleye in the Eagle River area are locating off of break edges and on adjacent mud flats in 30 feet of water or less. The walleyes are tight to bottom. Use a medium shiner or walleye sucker under a tip up, or try a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head. All day action, with peaks in the evening. The bite is fair.
(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).