FISHING AND HUNTING REPORTS - Eagle River, WI - VILAS COUNTY - 9/29/14 Northern,
smallmouth bass and panfish bite good to excellent, with musky, walleye and
largemouth bass, good. Duck season has opened with lots of sightings and many
opportunities for local birds. Bucks start to break away from bachelor groups
and become nocturnal; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area holding in the mid to upper 50s.
Northern in the Eagle River area are in 15 feet of water or less in and
around remaining weeds. Use a Husky Jerk, or other minnow bait, bass style
spinner bait, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day action
and the bite is good to excellent.
BASS: For smallies in the Eagle River area fish hardbottom areas,
concentrating on break edges and mid lake lumps, in 10-35 feet of water.
Use a jig and a minnow, a plastic crawfish or tube. All day action and
the bite is good to excellent.
Crappies, bluegills and perch in the Eagle River area are locating off of
break edges and adjacent weed edges in 15 feet of water or less. Use a
chunk of crawler, crappie minnow or small plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber.
The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending
(day and lake dependent). All day action and the bite is good to excellent.
Musky are holding in 15 feet of water or less off of weed or break edges,
in the Eagle River area. Use a regular sized bucktail, jerkbait, crankbait
or a 12-16 inch sucker (if you can find them!). Regular retrieve, with
a "figure 8" as the lure nears your boat. All day action with
short feeding windows. Bite is good.
Walleye in the Eagle River area are off of break edges and on adjacent
mudflats in 10-30 feet of water. The walleyes are tight to bottom. Use a
jig and a minnow. All day action and the bite is good.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth bass in the Eagle River area are off
of weed edges in 15 feet of water or less. Use a plastic rigged weedless,
small crankbait, or a medium chub under a slip bobber. All day action and
the bite is good.
Duck season opened on Saturday, September 27 in the Eagle River area. Hunters
are seeing lots of wood ducks and some blue-winged teal, as well as mallards.
The nice weather has not pushed many locally raised birds out of the
area, nor have any northern flights shown up yet. The same is true for geese
still plenty of local birds but no flight birds yet. The heavy rains
earlier this month have flooded backwaters, especially in our flowages, which
has opened up opportunities for hunting in shallow water areas with lots of
vegetation. Grouse and woodcock are still spread out and hard to see, as there
are still plenty of leaves on the trees and brush. Young males are
dispersing into new territories. As they investigate new areas, they will
often act erratically. There are reports of some of these birds flying
into cars and through windows on buildings in the woods. This is an
annual event, which is often referred to as crazy flight.
Whitetail bucks are starting to break out of their bachelor groups and becoming
nocturnal. Look for them at dawn and dusk. Deer are keying in on acorns, so
look for mature oaks when scouting for a spot.
Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance interviews
with Eagle River guides Muskie Matt of Wild Eagle Lodge, Ranger Rick Krueger of
Guide¹s Choice Pro Shop, Mat Hegy; and Eagle River
hunting enthusiast, Dan Anderson