Monday, November 05, 2007

Weekly Fishing Report

Good steady action for musky, walleye, northern and perch in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Turnover is complete in the Eagle River area, and the fishing while "good," will get a lot better when there's a consistent , rapid drop in water temperature. Right now the fish are in a holding pattern, and there is no sense of "urgency" on the part of the fish to bulk up for winter. This has been an unusual fall season, and upon the establishment of a steady drop in water temperatures, the legendary fall fishing bonanza in the Eagle River area should come on immediately.

Musky action is OK in the Eagle River area, with fish being seen constantly, but the bite is not overly aggressive. There is no real pattern. The musky are generally relating to stucture (rocks, drop offs, weedlines) in all depths, ranging from very shallow to quite deep. Anglers are having success rigging a sucker (12 to 14 inches) and letting it "soak" a few feet off the bottom, or using jerkbaits and plastics. All have been producing on about the same level.

Walleye action is decent in the Eagle River area. Hit the sharp break edges and depressions in the main lake basin in depths from 15 to 35 feet. A jig and a minnow is the bait of choice.

Northern are biting well in the Eagle River area. Fish 5 to 14 feet on the weededges using a six inch minnow under a slip bobber.

The perch in the Eagle River area are hitting around any type of cover in 4 to 8 feet of water. Use a crappie minnow under a slip bobber or drop a chunk of crawler or a waxie.

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

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