FISHING AND HUNTING REPORTS
***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY) -- as of April 21, 2014***
bite for crappies, bluegills and perch is good, while travel on the ice has
become difficult, again. Spring wild turkey hunting season is open; all in the
Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Ice conditions remain good in the Eagle River area, BUT, with the cold coming
and going and more snowfall, travel conditions are very difficult. There is
slush and some heavy snow cover in many places. Stick to traveled routes,
and use a snowmobile or ATV to traverse the ice. Our sources also tell us
that there is shoreline erosion starting on some of the area lakes. It is
essential, especially with snow cover to be extremely/ultra cautious. You may
not be able to determine ice safety and thickness, and with currents and the
beginning of ice deterioration, we strongly suggest that you hire an Eagle River
area guide, who will know where to find the fish, and even more importantly,
where the safe areas are.
The panfish action for crappies, bluegills and perch remains good
in the Eagle River area. All day bite. Fish two places: Weed edges
in 10 feet of water or less, or break edges in 25 feet of water or less.
The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and bluegills suspending
anywhere in the water column. There have been some reports of crappies moving
upwards towards the surface, as would be normal at this time of year, but with
the cold weather, the crappies have pulled back again. Use a flasher to
locate the fish, as the suspending depths are both day and lake dependent.
Electronics are essential in this type of situation, or you'll
waste both your time and effort. Use a waxie, spike, wiggler, or crappie minnow
on a small jig or under a slip bobber. Micro plastics are also working.
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.