OUTDOOR, FISHING AND HUNTING REPORTS
***Eagle River, WI, VILAS COUNTY - September 1, 2014: Good to excellent bite for walleye,
northern, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and panfish, with musky bite good. Archery deer
season starts Sept. 13th, and lots of turkeys seen; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin
Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the lower
70s, with the "fishing action temps" - - HOT. Now's the time
for anglers to get up toEagle River and
enjoy the area's legendary fishing.
Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 15 feet of water or less off of
break edges or adjacent weed edges. The walleye are tight to bottom. Use
a jig and a minnow or half of a crawler. All day action. Bite is
good to excellent.
Fish northern in the Eagle Rvier area in 10 feet of water or less in and
around weeds. Use a small bucktail, bass style spinner bait, small crankbait
or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day action, and the bite is
good to excellent. SMALLMOUTH BASS: In the
Eagle River area the smallies are locating over hardbottom humps and break
edges in 25 feet of water or less. Use a jig and a minnow or a plastic
craw or tube All day action and the bite is good to excellent. LARGEMOUTH BASS:
Largemouths in the Eagle River area are hanging in the weeds or near/at
shoreline structure (docks, brush piles, drowned wood) in 10 feet of water or
less. Use a jig and a "pig" (hunk or pork rind), plastics
rigged weedless, or assorted topwaters (Scum Frog, Bass Rat etc.). All
day action, with peaks in the evening. Bite is good to excellent.
Crappies, bluegills and perch are off of break edges and adjacent weed
edges in the Eagle River area. Fish 15 feet of water or less. Perch
are tight to bottom, with crappies and gills suspending up and down the water
column (day and lake dependent). Use a crappie minnow, chunk of crawler
or micro plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber. All day action and the
bite is good to excellent.
Musky in the Eagle River area are in 15 feet of water or less off of break
edges or adjacent weed edges. Use regular sized baits: Bucktails, topwaters,
crankbaits or jerkbaits. All are working. Regular retrieve, and always
do a "figure 8" as your lure nears the boat. All day action,
with short feeding windows. Bite is good.
Archery deer season is not quite open, but it’s coming up quickly. The season
starts on September 13, so savvy hunters are out scouting now. The Eagle
River area is blessed with large amounts of public land, so get out into the
forest and start looking. There are two things to look for right now.
First, look for deer trails. This will indicate deer are in the
area, and will give you some sense of their movement in your chosen spot. Second,
start looking for oak trees. Acorns are not dropping yet, but if you can
find some oaks that clearly have acorns in the canopy, you will have found a
great spot to set up when the acorns fall. The bucks are still in velvet,
so you won¹t see many rubs yet.
There are lots of young turkeys in the Eagle River area. The best place
to look for them is along roadways, especially those with grassy ditches and some
grit along the edge. They can also be spotted in meadows, wildlife openings,
and power line corridors in the Vilas County Forest, Nicolet National Forest,
and the Northern Highland American Legion state Forest. All these public lands
are very close to Eagle River.
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
Guide’s Choice Pro Shop, Mat Hegy; and Eagle River hunting enthusiast, Dan
Contact info for Eagle River
* Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.eagleriver.org