Overall fishing in the Eagle River area is an A+. The mild weather has kept water temperatures in the 60 degree range, even on the Eagle River Chain of 28 Lakes (the largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world), and that's keeping the fish extremely active. Add the remaining color on the trees and it's a great time to be up here in Eagle River.
In the Eagle River area, quality muskies are being taken in waters under eight feet deep on topwaters and jerkbaits, with some fish even being caught in water as skinny as two feet! Virtually any noisy or vibrating bait is productive. Topraiders, Suick's, Double Cowgirls, Smity's, Hellhounds and the like are all producing. Suckers are hit-and-miss withe the temps being what they are, but some success is being reported outsiede the weeds in depths averaging 10 feet. Also working are the Mepps Musky Killer, Sassy Shad, Suzy Sucker, Bull Dawgs, and smaller crankbaits.
The walleye fishing in the Eagle River area is excellent. Walleye suckers, XL fatheads or Sonar-type lures vertically jigged in deep water with hard bottom is the key. Rig a crawler on a slip bobber for added action. Low light times are outside the weeds will work, too.
Northern remain in and around the vicinity of weeds in the Eagle River area, especially the broadleaf varieties. Spinnerbaits, chubs or small suckers are all working.
The bass fishing in the Eagle River area is still strong, as the largemouth remain close to structure and /or weeds, in shallower water. Yamamoto plastics, tube jigs, weedless spoons tossed into the shallows on bright days in these areas are producing quality fish. Smallies remain much deeper, and if there are weedbeds around, all the better. Crawlers or active plastics on a jig are preferred.
Panfishing remains "hot" in the Eagle River area. Perch are roaming around reeds and grass. Leaf worms or small minnows are the choice baits.
Bluegills are hanging in the thicker stuff in depths to eight feet with much the same presentation as the perch. Crappie remain suspended over open water and very mobile. Check the cribs, stumps or other structure for these fish and use small fatheads, Chubbies or tube jigs. Small Twister Tails on a jig are also hitting fish.
(Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance interview with Mike Michalak of Guides Choice Pro Shop)