Eagle River Fishing Report: June 2, 2014

Northern and crappies putting on a good to excellent bite, with musky, walleye and bass good; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the mid 60s.

NORTHERN:  Northern are putting on a good to excellent bite in the Eagle River area.  Fish 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds.  Use a Husky Jerk (minnow or walleye pattern), a small bucktail, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber.  All day action.

CRAPPIES:  Crappies are putting on a good to excellent bite in the Eagle River area.  Fish 6 feet of water or less in shallow weeds.  Use a crappie minnow under a slip bobber or on a small jig, or a micro-plastic.  All day action.  All anglers should note that the crappies are spawning, and are very vulnerable.  Take a few for the frying pan, but don’t overharvest.  Remember that the legendary fishing that the Eagle River area has provided for over 150 years continues, because thoughtful anglers know that the resource must be preserved for the future.

MUSKY:  Musky in the Eagle River area are putting on a good bite.  Fish 10 feet of water or less in the weeds or off of weed edges.  Use a small bucktail, minnow bait, or glide bait – and keep your retrieve slow.  All day action with peaks in the evening.

WALLEYE:  Walleye in the Eagle River area are putting on a good bite.  Fish 15 feet of water or less in or around weeds or adjoining break edges.  Use a 1/16th or 1/8th ounce jig with a fathead minnow. The walleye are tight to bottom.  All day action.

SMALLMOUTH BASS:  Smallmouth bass in the Eagle River area are putting on a good bite (don’t forget that until the harvest season opens, all bass are strictly catch-and-release in the Eagle River area).  Fish 12 feet of water or less over hardbottom areas (rock, gravel, stones, and sand).  Use a #3 Mepps Extra Deep, small Husky Jerk, a jig and a minnow, or a plastic.  All day action.

(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).

About the Author

Ray Smith is an author, lecturer, creative director and Senior Associate at Creative Brilliance, a full-service advertising and marketing communications company. He has been involved with northern Wisconsin tourism promotion and economic development for more than 20 years.

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