Walleye, northern and panfish all putting on a good to excellent bite in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Ice conditions in the Eagle River area continue to improve. Ice varies from 10-14 inches — and more in some spots. There is some snow cover and slush, but all-in-all travel isn’t bad. Anglers are using snowmobiles and ATV’s, as well as foot travel to get out. There are some trucks going out, but our guide sources are generally not doing so as yet, and advise extreme caution.
Walleye: Walleye in the Eagle River area are off of break edges in 6-25 feet of water. Use a medium shiner or walleye sucker under a tip up. A jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head is working, too. The walleyes are tight to bottom. All day action, with peaks around sunset. Bite is good to excellent.
Northern: Northern in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less in and around remaining weeds. Use a larger shiner or northern sucker under a tip up. Set your tip up half way up in the water column, or just under the ice. All day bite, and the action is good to excellent.
Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch). Panfish are locating off of break edges and over mudflats in 15 feet of water or less. Use a waxie, spike, wiggler or crappie minnow under a small jig or under a slip bobber. Perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column (day and lake dependent – -use a “flasher” to determine where the crappies and gills are suspending). All day bite. Action is good to excellent.
(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).