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Northwoods Outdoor, Fishing, and Hunting Report 12-16-2012

As of December 17, 2012.                 

 Outdoor, Fishing, and Hunting Reports (and weekly calendars) for:

 * Eagle River, Wisconsin;

* Central Wisconsin Lakes AND the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).

 As of December 17, 2012: THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES:Northern Pike

 * Anglers starting to ice fish in Eagle River, with good action for northern and panfish and a fair to good bite for walleye; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

 *Ice iffy, but walleye and bluegills hitting, and late season archery season is a good time to hunt;all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).

WEEKLY OUTDOOR, FISHING AND HUNTING REPORTS, followed by calendar highlights: 

 ***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY) — as of December 17, 2012:

   Anglers starting to ice fish in Eagle River, with good action for northern and panfish and a fair to good bite for walleye; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

 Some of the smaller lakes in the Eagle River area are reporting 3 to 4 inches of Walleye Terry Brown PSice, with a tad more in some of the shallower back bay areas.  The larger lakes are still not safe to go out on.  Indeed, all of the fishing is in fairly shallow water, as the deeper water areas are not yet accessible.  Extreme caution is recommended regardless of where you want to go out. Best suggestion:  Hire an Eagle River guide.  They are experts on putting you on fish in complete safety.

 Foot travel only on the ice right now.  No vehicles of any type.

 All of the fishing in the Eagle River area is happening in 10 feet of water or less in the weeds and off of weed edges.  Anglers are somewhat “trapped” in the shallow water areas (back bays, shallow bays, sheltered areas), because the deeper water is not safe to go out on, yet.

 Northern are putting on a good all date bite in the Eagle River area.  Fish 10 feet of water or less in the weeds or off of weed edges.  Use a northern sucker or shiner under a tip up.Bluegills

 For panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) in the Eagle River area fish 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds.  The perch will be tight to bottom with the crappies and gills up and down the water column.  Use a waxie or a crappie minnow under a small jig or slip bobber.  Good action.  All day bite.

 The walleye in the Eagle River area are in 6 to 10 feet of water in and around weeds, and off of weed edges.  The walleye will be a foot off the bottom to tight to the bottom.  Use a small sucker or a shiner under a tip up.  Fair to good action at sunset.

 Editor’s Note: Eagle River, Wisconsin, is the Snowmobile Capital of the World®, Hockey Capital of Wisconsin™, World’s Largest Chain of 28 Lakes (Eagle River Chain O’Lakes named one of the “7 Natural Wonders of Wisconsin” by Travel Wisconsin.com/Wisconsin Department of Tourism); voted “The Best Up-North Town” by readers of Wisconsin Trails Magazine.    

 (Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance interviews with Eagle River guides “Muskie Matt” of Wild Eagle Lodge, “Ranger Rick” Krueger of Guide’s Choice Pro Shop, Mat Hegy; and Eagle River hunting enthusiast, Dan Anderson).

 Contact info for Eagle River: 

 * Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org 

* “Muskie Matt”, 715-891-5980; e-mail: rfrgoutdoors@gmail.com

* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e-mail: lunkerclunkerguideservice@yahoo.com  

* Guide’s Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner “Ranger Rick” Krueger, 715-477-2248

* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.  e-mail:  fishing@eaglesportscenter.com

* Dan Anderson, Eagle River hunting enthusiast, 715-479-8511. e-mail: hellmo@frontier.com

 

 ***Calendar highlights for Eagle River, Wisconsin:

 - -  Eagle River “shines” when the snow flies.  It’s time for you to get your snowmobile, X-C skis, snowshoes and ice fishing equipment in shape, as there’s snow on the ground.  Eagle River has it all –the best snowmobiling (600 miles of pristine, groomed trails), X-C skiing and snowshoeing, anywhere.  The ice fishing in Eagle River is legendary.  We will keep you closely posted in “real time” on conditions, with special alerts and continuous accurate reports so that you can make your plans with confidence.  Eagle River has accommodations, special events, activities, services and entertainment to fit every budget and taste. Couple all of this with the pristine Northwoods scenic beauty that nature provides Eagle River in such abundance, and it’s something you, you family, loved ones and friends won’t want to miss. Contact us at anytime for information: Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

 - – Annual Ice Castle in Eagle River, Wisconsin.  Every year between Christmas and New Year’s (weather permitting) Eagle River’s annual ice castle construction has been a community tradition for nearly eighty years! Over 3,000 ten-inch ice blocks are cut from a local lake using antique ice equipment, trucked to town, and placed and sculpted into a breathtaking new design every year by volunteers led by the area fire department.  Located on a major snowmobile trail through Eagle River, everyone stops to have their picture taken in front of the Ice Castle! Lit at night, too — and it’s gorgeous!  Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

 - -Fri. Jan. 11-Sun. Jan. 20, 2013:  50th Anniversary World Championship Snowmobile Derby Week in Eagle River.  Vintage competition and World Championships on the multi-million dollar Derby Track.  Three separate racing venues:  Ice oval, snowcross and vintage racing.  Time trials, “Friday Night Thunder”, heats, quarter and semi-finals, all leading up to the Championship Finals on Sunday, Jan. 20th.  Racing daily at 10:00 am.  Join the ultimate snowmobile racing experience, and the thousands who come to enjoy the thrills, fun, and wonderful Northwoods atmosphere that only Eagle River can provide.  Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

 - – Fri.-Sun., Jan. 25-27, 2013: 27th Annual Women on Snow Celebration.  Opportunity for women of all ages and riding abilities to snowmobile Northern Wisconsin’s beautiful trails.  Hosting lodge:  Eagle River Inn and Resort in Eagle River.  Limited to first 120 women.  Registrants are accepted on first-received, first-accepted basis.  Meals, lodging, and gas are included in the registration fee cost of $250 for the weekend; oil and refreshments are on your own.   Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

 - – Sat., Feb. 2, 2013:  50th Anniversary Re-Enactment of the 1st Snowmobile Derby.  Dollar Lake & Chanticleer Inn. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

 - -Fri.-Sun., Feb. 8-10, 2013:  8th Annual Labatt Blue USA Adult Pond Hockey Championships.  Experience the thrill and challenge of this classic 4 on 4 Pond Hockey Championships held at the Chanticleer Inn on Dollar Lake in Eagle River.  Join the hundreds of teams (284 registered teams – -a new record! – -competing on 24 specially prepared ice rinks), and thousands of participants and fans from 27 states and Canada who enjoy this unique and wonderful event.  Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

 - – Sat.-Sun., Feb. 16-17, 2013:  Great Northern Sno Cross Series, Eagle River Derby Track.  Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

 - - Sat.-Sun., March 2-3, 2013:  23rd Annual Klondike Days.  Winter  Rendezvous, competitions and demonstrations. One of the country’s greatest and most multi-faceted winter events. Attended by thousands each year. Authentic Voyageur encampment with re-creators and exhibitions of smithing, muzzle loading, ax throwing, and a chance to see how Eagle River’s earliest settlers and explorers lived.  Dog sled weight pulls, horse pulls, ice sculpture, chainsaw carving, Native american exhibits and dancing, snow sculptures, cut, stack & splint contest, snowshoe competition.  Artisan exhibits and sale of superb arts & crafts, Amish quilt show and sale.  Live music, entertainment, foods include Paul Bunyan buglers, chili, wild rice soup, kettle corn.  Family event geared to every taste and age – -kids, adults, seniors. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org     

***(Report on Central Wisconsin Lakes AND the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties near Mosinee and Wausau), — as of December 17, 2012.

   Ice iffy, but walleye and bluegills hitting, and late season archery season is a good time to hunt;all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).

 Ice conditions in the central Wisconsin area are iffy at best right now.  We have anywhere from zero to 3 inches of ice max.  Shallow bays have some ice, but the larger, more open lakes are open in many areas.  With that said, we have getting out in a few locations and doing well on nice bluegills during the day and walleyes in the evening and at night.  Most of our activity has been on tip-ups for the walleyes and for the gills we are running tiny Northland Mooska or Fireball jigs tipped with spikes or a waxie.  We also did pretty good running some plastic (Rat Finkies and Shrimpo’s) on the larger gills and a few nice crappies this past week as well.  We did have a client pull a nice musky through the ice this past week.  The fish struck a tip-up baited with a golden shiner at about 7:00 pm.  It was well after dark and it took ten minutes to land the low to mid 40s size fish, which was immediately unhooked and released.

 Hunting report:

 Late season archery deer hunting in the central Wisconsin area can be one of the best times of the year to be out in the woods.  There is virtually no hunting pressure and the deer have gone back to their normal remaining food sources.  This is what late season archery hunting is all about.  Locate an active food source like a standing corn field or remaining food crop and you will have yourself a prime location for a late season hunt.  One especially “hot” location that we have found is to locate areas that loggers are working.  Fresh cut poplars are a deer magnet at this time of the year, particularly in the big woods where no real source (corn, alfalfa or beans) are near-by.  Set up a stand location close to or near the food source, keeping the wind direction in mind, and you should have a good chance of bagging your late season deer.

 

(Central Wisconsin lakes report based on interviews with licensed guide and trapper Phil Schweik and licensed guide Glenn Moberg, of Hooksetters Fishing & Hunting Guide Service, Mosinee. Wisconsin).

 For more information about fishing and hunting in the Central Wisconsin area: 

 * Phil Schweik, Hooksetters Fishing & Hunting Guide Services: phone: 715-693-5843; e-mail: pschweik@dwave.net; web: www.hooksetters.biz 

Reports compiled, written & distributed by Creative Brilliance. ©2012.

Naomi K. Shapiro or Ray Smith, Creative Brilliance.

e-mail: cre8vnaomi@gmail.com; cre8vRay@charter.net 

 

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