Northwoods Wisconsin Outdoor, Fishing, and Hunting Report 2-10-2013

As of February 11, 2013.
 Outdoor, Fishing, and Hunting Reports (and weekly calendars) for:

* Eagle River, Wisconsin;
* Central Wisconsin Lakes AND the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon
and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As of February 11, 2013: THIS WEEK¹S HEADLINES:
 * Walleye and panfish action good to excellent, with northern good, all in
the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
 * Great bite for walleye, northern panfish and catfish;  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 11, 2013:
  Walleye and panfish action good to excellent, with northern good,
all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
 There is 18-24 inches of ice in the Eagle River area.  ATV's, snowmobiles
and trucks all being used.  Travel is just fair, because of the snow cover.
Use caution, and try to stay on tracked trails. Caution is still a
watchword, and your best bet for safety and getting lots of fish is to hire
one of Eagle River's excellent guides.  They know the area.  They know the
"hot spots," and they know where NOT TO GO, when it comes to safety.
   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWalleye in the Eagle River area are locating in 12-35 feet off of break
edges or adjacent mud flats.  Use a medium shiner or walleye sucker under a
tip-up, or try a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head.  The walleye are
tight to bottom.  All day bite with peaks in the evening.  Action is good to
excellent.
   Panfish in the Eagle River area are in 12-35 feet of water off of break
edges or adjacent mud flats.  Crappies and bluegills are suspending up and
down the water column (use your electronics to determine the depth where the
fish are locating on any given day, as it varies).  The perch are tight to
bottom.  Use a waxie, spike, wiggler or crappie minnow on a small jig or
under a slip bobber.  All day bite. Action is good to excellent.
 Northern in the Eagle River area are in 12 feet of water or less in and
around the remaining weeds.  Use a medium to large shiner or sucker minnow
under a tip up, or try a jigging spoon or jigging Rapala.  All day bite.
Action is good.
 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).

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.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

- - Sat. April 13, 2013:  Spring Celebration at Trees for Tomorrow. Eagle
River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail:
info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
- - Sat., May 11, 2013;  17th Annual Journeys Marathon.  Come race Eagle
River's "scenic" race course. Challenging and inspirational race. Rustic
roads meander through the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest,
passing many scenic northern Wisconsin lakes.  Health seminars, spaghetti
feed, a variety of face types, and lengths for all levels and ages.  Much
fun.  Much happiness for participants and spectators alike. 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
11, 2013. 
  Great bite for walleye, northern panfish and catfish;  all in and
amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and Lincoln
Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
 With plenty of ice in the central Wisconsin area, many anglers are getting
out and searching new territory as the season progresses.

The walleye bite in the central Wisconsin area has been especially good
after dark.  We are seeing our best action on golden shiners run about a
foot off the bottom in 3 to 6 feet of water.
 Northerns have been really active this winter in the central Wisconsin area.
Most of our action has been by running large golden shiners or northern
sized sucker minnows on tip-ups in 6 to 12 feet of water.  We are targeting
sharp breaking points that shoot out into deeper water.  The real key to our
success has been finding where the sharpest break lines are.  This seems to
be where the majority of the northerns are concentrated.
 For anglers looking for action, the panfish bite in the central Wisconsin
area has been very good.  We've been having very good success on all
species.  The crappie bite has been the best with nice catches on every
trip.  Most of these fish are suspended about 4 feet off the bottom in 12 to
16 feet of water.  We are catching the crappies on Northland Fireball jigs
tipped with tiny plastics like the Impulse mayfly or tapeworm.  The
bluegills have been active in the shallow weeds along with some larger fish
roaming the 10 foot flats.  Use your electronics to locate scattered debris
and submerged wood on the bottom, and the gills will be there.  In addition
to the nice crappies and gills we are seeing good numbers of perch as well.
Most of the perch that we are catching are incidental to the crappie and
bluegill fishing, but we are catching enough to make it worth our while to
start targeting them exclusively.
 One last species that most people don't target during the winter, but has
been making a strong appearance in the central Wisconsin area has been
catfish.  We have been having very good success on cats in the 20 to 30 inch
range this winter.  And let me tell you when you hook into one of these
bottom feeders it is a battle you won't soon forget.  Most of our action has
come from live bait run right near the bottom in the deeper water related
with the main river channel edges.  Have a good rod, strong line, and get
ready for a fight. 
 (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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