Sunday, June 24, 2007

Weekly Fishing Report

***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY) -- as of June 24, 2007:
(Head): Northern, smallies and bluegills providing best action, with walleye slow, and musky coming back after unstable weather, in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Ups-and-downs in the weather caused the musky bite to slow in the Eagle River area, but with stable conditions returning the musky bite is starting to pick back up. Fish deep weeds, with depths ranging from 6 to 18 feet, depending on the lake. Inline spinners and bucktails are providing the most success.

Smallies are putting on a strong bite as they migrate to their summer haunts. Fish sand, gravel, rock and rubble areas in 10 to 15 feet of water.

Use a tube jig, or a wacky rigged Senko type worm. Some action coming on smaller crankbaits, but it is very area specific, and will not produce in all sectors. Worth a try, however.

Northern are real good. Fish the weed edges and weed flats, in 4 to 12 feet of water. Spinners, small Rapalas in minnow patterns, Husky Jerks in minnow or walleye patterns, and larger northern chubs are all working. The only problem using live bait right now is keeping it alive. The water temps are warm.

Walleye are just plain slow right now. Fish mid lake humps, reefs, and drop offs in depths ranging from 8 to 30 feet. Start deep, and as late afternoon approaches move shallower, ending up at first breaks or weed edges in about 12 feet of water. Use a jig tipped with a leech or half of a crawler.

There's a very good bluegill bite in and around weeds in 12 feet of water or less. A leaf worm, chunk of crawler or waxie under a slip bobber is working.

Crappie action is OK, but nothing special. Crappie are being caught in two different areas. Crappie are suspending at varying depths in 25 feet of water over mid-lake structure like brush piles or rock piles, and there is a weed related bite in 16 feet of water or less. Minnows, under a slip bobber or cubby jigs will offer the best chances for success.

(Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance interview with licensed guide Mat Hegy of Guides Choice Pro Shop).

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