While some lakes have ice remaining, most lakes are open or have fishable areas, with northern putting on a good bite, and walleye fair. All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Ice fishing is over, and anglers are getting out on the water in their boats in the Eagle River area. The deeper, clearer lakes still have ice remaining, but if the weather warm up continues, all the lakes should be open in a week or so. As it is all the Eagle River area lakes have some fishable areas, so now’s the time to get up to Eagle River and enjoy the legendary early season fishing bonanza.
There’s no panfishing report, as anglers are going after walleye and northern.
WALLEYE: Fish 15 feet of water or less off of break edges or adjacent shallow weeds. Best presentation is a fathead on a jig. All day action, and the bite is fair. As a bonus, walleye anglers are getting some real nice jumbo perch while going for walleye. This is a pretty common occurrence in the Eagle River area at or after the opener. Both the walleye and perch are tight to bottom. And with the water warming, the walleye action should and will pick up very well in the coming near-term.
NORTHERN: Fish 10 feet of water or less in and around remaining or new growth weeds. Use a northern sucker under a slip bobber, a Husky Jerk (in a minnow or walleye pattern), or a small spinner bait. All day action and the bite is 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).