Northwoods Wisconsin Fishing, Outdoor Report 2-3-2013

As of February 4, 2013.

Outdoor, Fishing, and Hunting Reports (and weekly calendars) for:Walleye RobHudson30
 * Eagle River, Wisconsin;
* Central Wisconsin Lakes AND the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon
and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
 As of February 4, 2013: THIS WEEK¹S HEADLINES:
 * Northern and panfish biting strong, with walleye action good, all in the
Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
 * Good action for walleye, northern and panfish;  all in and amidst the
lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s 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 February 4, 2013:
 Northern and panfish biting strong, with walleye action good, all in
the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
 Ice in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area ranges from 12-18 inches.  Travel on
the ice is a bit more difficult, with a foot of snow in places. ATV's and
snowmobiles are being used extensively, with trucks also getting out, but
local guides tell us that trucks should only be used on lakes and areas that
are totally familiar to the driver.  Best suggestion remains hiring one of
Eagle River superb fishing guides, who will get you out safely and put you
on lots of fish.
 Northern in the Eagle River area are locating in 15 feet of water or less in
and around old weed growth.  Use a medium to large shiner or sucker minnow
under a tip-up.  All day bite.  Action is good to excellent.
 Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) in the Eagle River area are locatingWalleyeSportsmanSteveKnoth9
in 10-35 feet of water off of break edges or over mud flats.  Perch are
tight to bottom, with crappies and gills suspending up and down the water
column.  Use electronics to find the fishing depth on any given day, as it
will vary considerably.  Use a waxie, spike or wiggler under a small jig or
slip bobber.  All day bite.  Action is good to excellent.
 Walleye in the Eagle River area are locating in 12-40 feet of water, off of
break edges or adjacent mud flats.
The walleye are tight to bottom. Use a small to medium shiner or walleye
sucker under a tip-up, or a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head. All day
bite, with peaks at sunset.  Good action.
  Editor¹s Note: Eagle River, Wisconsin, is the Snowmobile Capital of the
World®, Hockey Capital of Wisconsin, World¹s Largest Chain of 28 Lakes
(Eagle River Chain O¹Lakes named one of the ³7 Natural Wonders of Wisconsin²
by Travel Wisconsin.com/Wisconsin Department of Tourism); voted ³The Best
Up-North Town² by readers of Wisconsin Trails Magazine.
 (Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance
interviews with Eagle River guides ³Muskie Matt² of Wild Eagle Lodge,
³Ranger Rick² Krueger of Guide¹s Choice Pro Shop, Mat Hegy; and Eagle River
hunting enthusiast, Dan Anderson).Bluegill Roach Northland

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
* ³Muskie Matt², 715-891-5980; e-mail: rfrgoutdoors@gmail.com
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e-mail: lunkerclunkerguideservice@yahoo.com
* Guide¹s Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner ³Ranger Rick² 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, your 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.orgPondHockey4FordSmall

-- 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.  Largest non-invitational lumberjack
competition in the Midwest, and the only one held in winter.  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
burgers, chili, wild rice soup, vegan burgers, and 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 Wisconsin¹s
Marathon and Lincoln Counties near Mosinee and Wausau), -- as of February 4,
2013. 
  Good action for walleye, northern and panfish;  all in and amidst
the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and Lincoln
Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
 Good walleye bite for walleye in the central Wisconsin area.  All you have
to do is be willing to stick it out after dark.  Large golden shiners and
sucker minnows run on tip-ups in shallow backwater areas off the main
Wisconsin River have been producing some nice fish for us.  Most of our
action is coming well after dark and in less than 6 feet of water.
 
The northern action in the central Wisconsin area has been very good with
nice catches of fish up to and over 30+ inches.  Most of our fish are coming
on tip-ups baited with large golden shiners or sucker minnows. We are
setting our tip-ups in 4 to 10 feet of water along the sharpest breaking
contour lines we can find. If you can pinpoint the quickest drop to deep
water in the area you will have located a key target location for holding
not only size but numbers of northern.

The bite for panfish has been very good in the central Wisconsin area, and
we're coming in with mixed bags of perch, crappies and bluegills.  Most of
our action is coming from 10-14 feet of water over mud flats.  We are using
Northland tungsten fireball jigs in orange or yellow and tipping them with
the Impulse Mayfly or Tapeworm. The key to not only getting numbers, but
nice fish as well is to drill a lot of holes and don't be afraid to do a lot
of moving or hole hopping.

(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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