Northern and panfish action is good, with the walleye bite fair to good; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Ice conditions in the Eagle River area are good, with ice thickness generally at 20+ inches. Travel on the ice is difficult, due to heavy snow cover and some slush. Anglers are using snowmobiles, ATV’s and some trucks. Foot travel can be OK, but only if well traveled trails are used.
NORTHERN: Northern in the Eagle River area are in 15 feet of water or less in and around remaining weeds. Use a medium to large shiner or northern sucker under a tip up, or try a large jigging spoon tipped with a minnow. All day action, and the bite is good.
PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch in the Eagle River area are in 25 feet of water or less over mud flats. Perch are tight to bottom, with crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column (the crappies and gills are no longer solely in the upper quarter of the water column). Use a flasher to locate the depth that the crappies and gills are locating on any given lake on any given day, as the depth will vary. Use a waxie, spike, wiggler or crappie minnow on a small jig or under a slip bobber. All day action, and the bite is good.
WALLEYE: Walleye in the Eagle River area are 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 fish a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head. All day bite, with peaks in the evening. Action is fair to good.
(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).