Northwoods Outdoor, Fishing, and Hunting Reports 1-6-2013

As of January 7, 2013.             

 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).Bluegill1Wally-IceSmall

 As of January 7, 2013: THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES:

 * With ice improving anglers are getting out into deeper water.  Northern and panfish putting on a good to excellent bite, with walleye action fair to good.  All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

* Walleye, crappies, bluegills and perch all hitting; 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 January 7, 2013:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA :  With ice improving anglers are getting out into deeper water.  Northern and panfish putting on a good to excellent bite, with walleye action fair to good.  All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

Ice in the Eagle River area is improving rapidly, with depths now ranging from 4 to over 8 inches.  A few ATV’s are venturing out,but strong caution is recommended before using an ATV.  Foot travel is still the safest method (travel on the ice right now is quite easy, with just a small snow cover).  There are excellent Eagle River guides available to help you find lots of fish, and do so in safety. 

Northern in the Eagle River area are locating in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds.  Use a medium to large shiner or sucker minnow under a tip up.  Set your bait 3 to 6 feet off the bottom.  All day bite.  Action is good to excellent.

Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) are locating in two areas in the Eagle River area.  Fish 12 feet of water or less in shallow weeds and mudflats; or fish 20-30 feet over mudflats.  Perch are tight to bottom, with crappies and gills suspending anywhere in the water column.  Use a spike, waxie or crappie minnow under a small jig or a slip bobber.  All day bite, with action good to excellent.

Walleye in the Eagle River area are locating in 8-25 feet of water off of weed edges, break edges or over adjacent mud flats.  The walleyes are tight to bottom.  Use a small to medium shiner or sucker minnow under a tip-up, or a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head.  Action is sporadic during the day, with peaks coming at sunset.  Action is fair to good.

 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 January 7, 2013.

  Walleye, crappies, bluegills and perch all hitting; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).

Anglers in the central Wisconsin area are getting out and having success, but caution is advised when traveling on the ice.  Ice conditions vary considerably on local lakes and reservoirs and with several reports of shacks and vehicles going through the ice in the past week, we are cautioning anglers to use common sense before heading out onto the ice.

Walleye fishing in the central Wisconsin area has been very good with nice catches of fish in the 15 to 20 inch range along with a few larger “slot fish” as well.  Most of the fish are coming on tip-ups baited up with golden shiners during low light periods and after dark, but this past week has seen action from daytime walleyes on jigging Rapalas and Northland Puppet minnows.  We actually picked up a couple of nice muskies (immediately released) on our walleye rigs, as well.  It sure is a fun battle when you’re not using a leader.

The panfish bite in the central Wisconsin area continues to take the main stage as anglers are finding lots of 7 to 9 inch fish on area lakes.  A lot of the action is taking place in 5 to 7 feet of water associated with green weeds.  Northland Gill Pills in orange and yellow have been working well on bull nosed gills, as are the tiny tungsten style Mooska jigs.

The crappie bite in the central Wisconsin area has been pretty good with nice catches of fish in the 10 to 12 inch range along with a couple of 13 and 14 inch fish in the mix.  Tip downs continue to be working very well, but savvy anglers with good electronics, light line and tiny plastics can out-fish live bait anytime, especially on suspended fish.

Perch fishing in the central Wisconsin area has been very good with nice catches coming from several different lakes.  Most of the perch are being caught on large spoons like Swedish Pimples and Hali’s.  We are tipping them with either the head of a small minnow or several waxes or spikes.

One last note:  Hooksetters is happy to announce that we will be hosting an ice fishing tournament out of Halfmoon Resort on Halfmoon Lake in Mosinee on Saturday, January 19, 2013.  Please visit our website at:  www.hooksetters.biz for more details and information.

—–(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. ©2013.

Naomi K. Shapiro or Ray Smith, Creative Brilliance.

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

 

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