Northwoods Wisconsin Outdoor, Fishing, and Hunting Reports 3-24-2013

As of March 25, 2013.

Outdoor, Fishing, and Hunting Reports (and weekly calendars) for:Bluegill Wally3

* Eagle River, Wisconsin;
* Central Wisconsin Lakes AND the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon
and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
 As of March 25, 2013: THIS WEEK¹S HEADLINES:
 Turkey Alone 3-07* Crappies, bluegills and perch putting on a fair to good bite, with wild
turkey hunters gearing up for the season which runs from April 10-May 21;
all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
 * Crappies, bluegills, northern and walleye all hitting, with wild turkey
season right around the corner. in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin
River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and
Wausau).  Editor's Note:  The walleye and northern season REMAIN OPEN on
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmany of the waters of the central Wisconsin area.  Check with the DNR about
the particular water you want to fish before going out to make sure that
water is open for walleye and northern.

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

***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY) -- as of March 25, 2013:
  Crappies, bluegills and perch putting on a fair to good bite, with
wild turkey hunters gearing up for the season which runs from April 10 -May
21; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
   While the ice is good (20-24 inches, lake dependent), travel on the ice in
the Eagle River area is extremely difficult.  There is 6-12 inches of slush,
covered by a foot of snow.  Those anglers who are using WELL TRAVELED tracks
are getting out, but those who try untraveled areas are getting stuck
big-time.  Hire one of Eagle River's excellent guides to insure your best
opportunity for fish, as well as safety and ease of travel on the ice.
   Crappies, bluegills and perch are putting on a fair to good all day bite in
the Eagle River area.  You can fish two different locations:  12-35 feet of
water over mud flats, or 10 feet of water or less in and around old weeds.
The crappies and gills are suspending up and down the water column and the
perch are tight to bottom.  Here's an inkling of things to come:  The
crappies and bluegills are just beginning to come up higher in the water
column.  There are reports from some Eagle River area lakes of crappies and
gills hanging at 15 feet down over 35 feet of water.  This pattern will
continue and accelerate as spring emerges. The crappies and gills will go
higher and higher in the water column until they're right under the ice
(warmer water and higher oxygen levels resulting from the sun penetrating
the ice, is the reason for this upwelling of the fish towards the surface).
Best way to locate where the fish are on any given day is to use
electronics, which will save you lots of time and effort.  Use a spike,
wiggler, waxie or crappie minnow on a small jig, slip bobber or hooked up to
a tip-down.

Hunting Report:
Turkey season is just around the corner in the Eagle River area, and hunters
are gearing up for the season. Until recently, turkeys were very rare in the
Northwoods of Wisconsin . But they have been aggressively expanding their
range north, and the DNR has made permits available for the last few years
in the Eagle River area.  The Eagle River area is in Zone 7, and last year
had a 16% success rate. There are six, 7 day seasons. The first one starts
April 10, and the last one end May 21.  Drawing for applications were done
in February.  If you drew a permit, you should have received notification
from the DNR.  However, you can check your permit status by calling
1-888-936-7463.  The DNR web site has loads of information on turkey
hunting.  Go to http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/turkey.html.

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
(Dan is also a silent sports devotee, and works with the Vilas County Silent
Sports Association.  www.vilas-trails.org)

***Calendar highlights for Eagle River, Wisconsin
 - - Time to start thinking about spring in Eagle River.  The sounds and
sights of a new season.  Trees and flowers budding.  Forests and meadows
emerging.  The shimmering lakes and streams.  Fabulous fishing.   Birds
singing.  All manner of new life to see and enjoy.  And the fragrance that
only the pristine breath of Mother Nature can bring.  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

- - Wed. April 10-Tues. May 21, 2013: The six, 7 day wild turkey hunting
seasons in the Eagle River area offer a great opportunity for hunting
enthusiasts.  The total season runs from Wed. April 10-Tues. May 21, 2013.
Check our weekly reports for updates. 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 4, 2013:  Fishing season opens in Eagle River, Wisconsin.  With
over 1,300 lakes, along with rivers and streams, Eagle River, as it has for
over 150 years, continues to provide anglers with legendary fishing
opportunities. 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 March 25,
2013. 
  Crappies, bluegills, northern and walleye all hitting, with wildOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
turkey season right around the corner. in and amidst the lakes and the
Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee
and Wausau).  Editor's Note:  The walleye and northern season REMAIN OPEN on
many of the waters of the central Wisconsin area.  Check with the DNR about
the particular water you want to fish before going out to make sure that
water is open for walleye and northern.

With Mother Nature still hanging onto winter, we are seeing plenty of ice on
central Wisconsin lakes for fishing, but all the snow could make for an
interesting 2013 turkey season, as well.
 Crappies in the central Wisconsin area are still being targeted heavily by
area anglers as nice catches are being made in transition areas between deep
water haunts and spring spawning areas. Most of the fish we are finding are
in 10 to16 feet of water moving along channel breaks.  Tip-downs scattered
along the breaks will pick up traveling crappies as will tiny ice jigs
tipped with plastics or minnows. The key to consistency is to run your baits
at various heights in the water column as the fish will come through at
different levels throughout the day.

Bluegill fishing in the central Wisconsin area has been consistent with some
dandy sized fish being caught. Most of the gills we are finding are either
roaming out on the 10-12 foot mud flats or they are holding tight to shallow
wood cover in 4 to 6 feet of water.  Either way the same techniques are
working to pick up the gills.  Tin Gill Getters in yellow and orange that
have been tipped with waxies or spikes have been the ticket.  Use your
electronics to locate fish but don't spend a lot of time in one hole if they
are not biting. To be successful you may need to do some hole hopping.
   Northerns in the central Wisconsin are have been very active, especially in
the shallow backwater areas off the Wisconsin River system.  To cash in on
some of these fresh water alligators try running tip-ups baited up with
large golden shiners or good sized sucker minnows.  Set the tip-ups so they
are in 1 to 4 feet of water and run your baits 6 inches to 1 foot under the
ice.
   Anglers in the central Wisconsin area have been getting some walleyes, both
on open water below the dams and through the ice. The ice bite has been good
by targeting shallow backwater areas off the main river system early and
late in the day.  Run tip-ups baited with golden shiners or sucker minnows
set about 8 inches to a foot off the bottom in 3 to 6 feet of water.  For
those itching to get out on open water, some areas below the dams are
producing a few fish by tossing 1/8th and 1Ž4 ounce jigs tipped with fathead
minnows.

With wild turkey season right around the corner in the central Wisconsin
area it looks as though hunters are going to have to do some major scouting
to locate active areas for this upcoming season.   With all the deep snow
that we have on the ground turkeys are going to be yarded up in tight areas
much like deer do in the winter. The turkeys' home range is going to be very
limited so unless the birds are holed up on your property or property that
you have permission to hunt, preseason scouting is going to be a must.

(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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