Still waiting for turnover. With water temps going back up by 6-8 degrees in the past warm up it slowed fishing down a little more than we had expected. Things are getting back to normal for this time of year with temps dropping back into the 50’s. 

Muskie: Still getting fish off the weed edges yet using jerkbaits and rubber baits. Suckers are starting to be used and the bite should only get better as the water gets cooler.

Northern Pike: We are still finding these fish still in the deep weeds using small spinners with bright blades and on jigs and minnows also.

Walleye: Catching walleyes in deeper water on flats and bottom of rock piles using jig and tipping it with a good size minnow. If the lakes you are fishing don’t have rock humps check the deep holes.

Bass: Largemouth are being caught in and around the weeds. They are still hitting all sorts of baits including live bait, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Smallies are now out in the deeper water relating to hard bottom and rocks, jigs tipped with live bait are catching some and others are using plastics rigged Texas style or drop shooting.

Panfish: Bluegills are in the weeds roaming in search of feed which you can give them under a slip bobber rig tipped with red worms or waxies; which will get you some of these. Perch are still using the weeds, but also are in and around rock areas. Jigs tipped with a leech or bit of crawler will catch you a few jumbos. Crappies are now moving out of the weeds and suspending in open water so I  have been casting small baits like beetle spin or a blade bait like a Cicada.

Information for this week’s fishing report was provided by Colin Crawford 



The anglers aren’t the only ones landing the trophies around here. Sure, we’re home to The World’s Largest Chain of 28 Connected Lakes, but we’re also home to a huge spread of scenic public land that makes hunting for deer, woodcock and grouse especially rewarding. We got the inside scoop from Kurt Krueger of the Vilas County News-Review and Dan Anderson, resident and the owner of Dairy Queen of Eagle River. So, come to Eagle River and see everything our fall hunting has to offer.


Because of the huge expanse of land, Vilas County (and Eagle River in particular) is a favorite hunting destination for many. Take your pick from county, state and national forest lands including the Nicolet side of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Alternatively, you can visit some of the area Public Access Lands that are open to hunting.


It’s a good idea to know where you’re going to hunt before you get here. The Department of Natural Resources and Go Wild Wisconsin are great resources for area maps and habitat/cover information. And make sure you check the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce hunting report. If you’re not sure where to go, or it’s your first time hunting in Eagle River, consider booking a white-tailed deer or grouse hunt with Al’s Guide Service.


We’re home to many ruffed grouse, American woodcock and white-tailed deer. And we happen to be in the migratory path of northern mallards if you’re into waterfowl hunting as well. If you’re looking for deer and ruffed grouse, head to one of the more heavily managed public forests like the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest that extends from Eagle River into Northern Vilas County.


Forgot your shells? Need an extra layer in the brisk Northwoods fall climate? Stop into Eagle SportsWalkabout Paddle and Apparel, or The Hiker Box to find the gear you’ll need. And when all is said and done, pack up your gear and celebrate your haul with a pint at Tribute Brewing Co. or one of our Bar/Grills.

2019 Wisconsin Ring-necked Pheasant Season Opens Oct. 19

Wisconsin's pheasant season opens Oct. 19. - Photo credit: DNR
Wisconsin's pheasant season opens Oct. 19.Photo credit: DNR

MADISON, Wis. - The fall Wisconsin pheasant hunting season opens statewide at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, and will run through Jan. 5, 2020.

Several other seasons also open that day, including bobwhite quail, Hungarian partridge and ruffed grouse in Zone B. Like pheasant, the bobwhite quail and Hungarian partridge seasons open at 9 a.m. The ruffed grouse season opens at the start of legal shooting hours.

Hunters should check the Wisconsin Small Game Hunting Regulations [PDF] for rules and season structures for the game species they will pursue.



Turkey season starts in mid-September - 9-3-19

Speaking of hunting, the fall turkey season begins on Sept. 14 in all zones of the state. The season runs through Jan. 5 in Zones 1-5 and Nov. 22 in Zones 6-7. Fall turkey harvest authorizations went on sale in August through the Go Wild site. For information visit dnr.wi.gov, keyword "turkey."

Waterfowl hunting 9-3-19

September also brings the migratory game bird season in Wisconsin. Hunting dates for ducks, geese and other birds vary by zone and species, so be sure to check out complete season regulations and other information at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "waterfowl." And because state wildlife areas are great places for waterfowl hunting, it's a good time to check out DNR's YouTube channel, where a series of videos on "Exploring Wisconsin's Wildlife Areas"features Horicon MarshCrex Meadows and more.

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