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Northwoods Wisconsin Outdoor, Fishing, and Hunting Reports 3-1-2013


 Outdoor, Fishing, and Hunting Reports (and weekly calendars) for:Bluegill Teeg Strikemaster
 * Eagle River, Wisconsin;
* Central Wisconsin Lakes AND the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon
and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
 THIS WEEK¹S HEADLINES:
 * Northern action good to excellent, with the panfish bite good, and the
walleye hitting fair to good, all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
 * Walleye, northern, panfish and catfish all hitting;  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 25, 2013:
  Northern action good to excellent, with the panfish bite good, and
the walleye hitting fair to good, all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
 Ice conditions in the Eagle River area remain solid, with thickness varying
between 18-24 inches.  Lots of snow on the ice, so traveling with ATV's and
snowmobiles is preferred.  Trucks are being used, but can readily get stuck
(and they do!), especially if you go off into untracked or untraveled areas.
Caution is still strongly recommended as there are areas of strong currents
and deceiving ice that may look solid, but is thin, cracking and weak -
-such as around bridges (and that's just one example).  Our best suggestion
is to hire one of Eagle River's excellent guides who will put you on lots of
fish in complete safety.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANorthern in the Eagle River area are in 12 feet of water or less in and
around remaining weeds.  Use a medium to large shiner or northern sucker
under a tip-up.  All day bite, with good to excellent action.

Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) in the Eagle Rvierarea are locating
off break edges or adjacent mud flats in 12 to 35 feet of water.  The
crappies and gills are suspending up and down the water column over
structure, such as brush piles, cribs, or drowned wood.  Use your
electronics to locate the exact depth of the fish you're after.  Perch are
tight to bottom, and more inclined to be on mudflat areas.  Use a spike,
waxie, wiggler or crappie minnow on a small jig or under a slip bobber.  All
day bite.  Action is good.

Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 12-35 feet of water off 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 minnow head on a
jigging spoon.  All day bite with peaks at dusk and after dark. Action is
fair to 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., 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
18, 2013. 

 Walleye, northern, panfish and catfish all hitting;  all in and
amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and Lincoln
Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).

Fishing in the central Wisconsin area has been very good for all species.
 
The walleye bite has been picking up nicely and we are getting some good
fish on shiner minnows in shallow water during low light periods.

Notherns have been very aggressive and and have been giving us a run for our
money every time we head out. Nice fish up to 40 inches are being caught
using golden shiners on tip-ups set in shallow water.

The panfish bite continues to be very good with outstanding catches of
crappies from deep water.  Most of these fish are suspended 2 to 8 feet off
the bottom so using your electronics is a must if you want to be successful.

Bluegills are staying active and nice catches of bull gills are coming from
mud flats in 10 to 12 feet of water. Tear drop jigs tipped with a waxie have
been producing the best for us.

One surprising catch that we are seeing is catfish ­ lots of them.  We are
really on a good bite for these feisty bottom dwellers and this is one
battle that you won't forget.  We are targeting the cats in 14 to 20 feet of
water right on the bottom with live minnows rigged up on small hooks on our
jig poles.  Keep the bait near the bottom and you will get a hard strike.

 (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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