Musky action improving, with good size walleye being caught, and norther hitting in the Eagle River, WI area.
In the Eagle River area, the weather has cooled down, but the musky action is becoming somewhat "hotter," and while it's not "fish-jumping-in-the-boat" time, musky hunters are getting decent action, with the fish going from 34 to 47 inches. There is no pattern at all right now. The muskies are locating around rocks and off of weedlines in anywhere from 4 to 30 feet of water. Live suckers are getting hits, but it's not "bang/bang" by any means. Deeper sunning crankbaits like Depth Raiders, or lures like Suzie's or Swimmin Joe's are producing consistent action.
Some real nice sized walleyes are being caught in the Eagle River area, and the bite is steadily improving. Use a quarter-ounce jig tipped with a walleye sucker and hit deep holes over gravel, with sand grass areas a big plus.
Northern in the Eagle River area are in their "usual haunts" -- in and around weedlines, chasing panfish. Use a Husky Jerk, a spinner bait or a good sized northern sucker minnow. Fish anywhere from 4 to around 12 feet, with the bigger northern usually locating in the deeper water.
Editor's note: While the Eagle River area weekly fishing reports will be continuing, this will be the final weekly report from Mike Michalak, who is leaving as the manager of Guides Choice Pro Shop to operate his own TV production company and affiliated outdoors TV show. We want to thank Mike for his unfailing help and cooperation over the past number of years, and wish him the very best in his new venture.
(Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance interview with Mike Michalak of Guides Choice Pro Shop).