The bite for crappies, bluegills and perch is good to excellent, while travel on the ice remains difficult; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Ice in the Eagle River area, remains good, but travel is very difficult. Slush and snow abound. Many anglers are sticking to foot travel, with some using snowmobiles, although snowmobiles are not doing that well, either. Stick to traveled routes only, and remain very cautious as at this time of the year, the ice starts to fissure, erode, crack and degrade.
PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch are putting on a good to excellent bite in the Eagle River area. The panfish are locating in two areas: Main lake basins, in 25 feet of water or deeper; or mudflats in 25 feet of water or less. Perch are right to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending. Suspending depths are day and lake dependent, so make sure you use electronics to locate the depth that the fish are locating at on any particular day or body of water. As the fish are quite scattered right now, you never know where you’re going to find them. Use a waxie, wiggler, spike or crappie minnow on a small jig or under a slip bobber.
(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).