Walleye putting on a good to excellent bite, with northern good, and perch hanging near the walleyes. Musky season opens Saturday, May 24th. All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in upper 30s to low 40s.
WALLEYE: Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less over sand and gravel bottoms, with scattered weeds. Use a 1/8th or 1/16th ounce jig with a fathead. All day action, with a good to excellent bite. Anglers who are getting walleye are often also hitting some real nice jumbo perch (early open water season is normally a great time for some great perch fishing in the Eagle River area). Perch, like the walleye are tight to bottom but the perch are in slightly DEEPER water than the walleye — usually in deeper water adjacent to where the walleyes are locating. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that perch and walleye (sauger, too) can often be found in the same general areas and often behave the same, as they are members of the same family.
NORTHERN: Northern in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less around remaining weeds or new growth weeds. Use a Husky Jerk (minnow or walleye pattern), small spinner bait or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day action, and the bite is good.
PANFISH: As we previously noted the perch are in the same general areas as the walleyes, but in slightly deeper water — like 15 feet rather than 10 feet. The perch are tight to bottom. Most anglers are not targeting panfish at the moment, concentrating on walleye and northern, but we are hearing that anglers are getting crappies and gills, who are suspending up and down the water column at varying depths. Use a waxie, chunk of crawler or micro-plastic under a slip bobber for best results.
MUSKY: Musky season opens on Saturday, May 24th. Keep your baits small, and your retrieve slow. Fish the warmest shallow weed and shoreline areas you can find, as those are the most likely to hold muskies.
(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).