The bite for crappies, bluegills and perch is fair, while travel on the ice remains difficult; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Ice conditions in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area remains good, but travel on the ice is very difficult. There are increasing amounts of ice and snow which hampers travel. Use a snowmobile, truck, or ATV, and stick to traveled routes. It’s very easy to get stuck right now.
PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch are putting on a fair bite in the Eagle River area. Fish two locations: Main lake mudflats in 35 feet of water, where the fish are holding near structure like cribs, brushpiles and downed wood; or fish 10 feet of water or less in and around old remaining weeds. Use a spike, waxie, wiggler, or crappie minnow under a slip bobber or hooked up to a small jig. Micro plastics have also been working. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending anywhere up and down the water column. Depth is day and lake dependent, so make sure you use electronics, or you’ll end up catching little or nothing; and try to be as mobile as you can under the difficult travel conditions on the ice. The fish are scattered so you’ll need to try different spots and depths before you locate them. Each day will be different.
Crappies and will rise higher and higher in the water column as a steady melt takes hold, but that is not the case as the moment, and that’s why electronics are so necessary right now.
(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).