Northwoods Wisconsin Wisconsin Fishing/Hunting/Outdoor Report. August 25, 2013.

As of August 25, 2013.

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

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

As of August 25,  2013: THIS WEEK¹S HEADLINE:

* Smallmouth and largemouth bass, as well as panfish all providing good to
excellent action, with walleye and northern good, and musky action fair.
Successful hunters know that maps are a key ingredient to success. All in
the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
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* Walleye, bass, panfish and musky all hitting; with black bear hunters
getting anxious as the season nears ; all in and amidst the lakes and the
Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee
and Wausau).
 Muskie Jeremy Nowak PS DuBayWEEKLY OUTDOOR, FISHING AND HUNTING REPORTS, followed by calendar
highlights:  
 
***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY) -- as of August 26, 2013:
 Smallmouth and largemouth bass, as well as panfish all providing
good to excellent action, with walleye and northern good, and musky action
fair.   Successful hunters know that maps are a key ingredient to success.
All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Water temps in the Eagle River area back into the lows 70s.

Smallmouth bass in the Eagle River area are locating off of break edges in
hardbottom areas.  Fish 8-25 feet of water.  Use a plastic tube or crawfish,
or a jig and a leech or half a crawler.  All day action. Bite is good to
excellent.

Largemouth bass in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less,
locating along shoreline structure (docks, down trees, brush piles) or
adjacent heavy weeds.  Use a plastic rigged weedless, Heddon Torpedo or bass
style spinner bait.  Bass Rats or Scum Frogs are also working.  All day
action with peaks in the evening.  Bite is good to excellent.

Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) in the Eagle River area are in 12
feet of water or less in and around weeds.  Perch are tight to bottom, with
crappies and gills suspending (depth will vary by day - -start at the bottom
and work your way up to find the feeding depths on that particular day).
Use a small leech, chunk or crawler or crappies minnow under a slip bobber
or small jig.  All day action. Bite is good to excellent.Grouse and Gun

Walleye in the Eagle River area are in 10-25 feet of water off of break
edges.  Use a jig and a minnow or a jig and half of a crawler.  Walleye are
tight to bottom.  All day action with peaks in the evening.  Bite is good.

Northern are in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds in the Eagle
River area.  Use a Mepps #5, bass style spinner bait, or floating Rapala.
All day action.  Bite is good.

Musky in the Eagle River area are in 12 feet of water or less off of weed
edges and adjacent break edges.  Use a small bucktail, top water or
crankbait.  Normal retrieve, and be sure to do a "figure 8" as the lure
nears your boat.  All day bite, with peaks in the evening.  Action is fair.

Hunting report:
 Successful hunters know that maps are a key ingredient to success in the
field.  One of the best map resources for the Eagle River area is the
"Forest Cover Type Map."  This map can be purchased at the Vilas County
Forestry Office on the north end of Eagle River, just north of county G on
State Highway 45.  It can also be accessed on the web at:
http://co.vilas.wi.us/dept/Forestry/trails/Vilas%20County%20Forest%20-%20Gro
use%20Habitat%20Map%2017x22.pdf

By studying this map closely, you can pinpoint hunting opportunities by
looking for the right type of cover.  For example, deer and turkeys like
acorns, so you can use the map to find stands of oak. Grouse and woodcock
like young aspen stands, which you can also find on the map.  Grassy
openings managed specifically for wildlife appear as small dark green areas.
Lakes, roads and wetlands are also marked on the map.

For those interested in finding out some grouse hunting secrets, the Eagle
River chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society is holding its annual banquet on
Thursday, August 29. Call 715-479-6466 for tickets and information.

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.vassa-trails.org).

 ***Calendar highlights for Eagle River, Wisconsin
 
- - Fall is peeking at Eagle River with a big smile and welcoming hand.  You
don't want to miss it.  You'll be surrounded everywhere by mega-miles of
spectacular fall colors. Yours for the hiking, biking, jogging and driving.
Great hunting for deer, game, upland birds, turkey and water fowl. Fabulous
fishing for lunker musky and walleye.    Eagle River area's 1,300 lakes; the
forests, meadows and wetlands. The beauty of nature in Wisconsin's
Northwoods  --  unmatched anywhere. A warm, welcoming community, with all
needed public and private services.   Accommodations, festivals, events and
opportunities for every taste and age.  We'll be happy to help you plan your
visit, and provide you with any information you need.  Contact us at
anytime: Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;
e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
- - Throughout the year Eagle River offers great opportunities for "silent
sports" devotees.  Whatever the season, there are myriad activities, events,
and just plain fun and relaxation for those who love biking, hiking,
running, jogging X-C skiing and snowshoeing. The facilities and trails are
some of the best anywhere, with services and competitions to fit every level
of expertise and taste. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315;
715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
 - -The Eagle River Golf Course is open!  The beautiful Eagle River Golf
Course is open daily.  Take advantage of the Northwoods scenic beauty, and
get your swing in the groove on 18 holes.  Many continuing money saving fun
specials throughout the season, tournaments, youth golf season and
tournament, renowned new pro, warm, expert and caring staff. Eagle River
Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail:
info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

- -Eagle Falls Adventure Golf and Laser Tag Arena is open for the season.
18 hole adventure style mini golf, with landscaping, waterfalls, and ponds.
3,000 square foot multi-level laser tag arena is new for 2013. Eagle River
Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail:
info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

 - -Sun., Sept. 1, 2013:  Eagle River Speedway Season Championship, 7:30 pm.
Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail:
info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

- -Fri.-Sat., Sept. 13-14, 2013:  World Championship Snowmobile Reunion &
Grass Drags. 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., September 21-22, 2013:  Annual Paul's Pro-Am Musky
Tournament.  Fabulous tournament with all skill levels competing.  Cash
prizes. One of Eagle River's oldest and "happiest" musky tournaments.  Great
fun for all. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315;
715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
-- Sat.-Sun, October 5-6 2013:  34th Annual Cranberry Fest in Eagle River.
Vilas County Fairgrounds.  Family fun festival with activities all around
town. Fresh locally grown cranberries, cranberry marsh and winery tours,
large arts and crafts show, cranberry cook-off, world's largest cranberry
cheesecake, cranberry food of every kind, antique market, flea market,
cranberry fiber arts and weavers show and sale, bike, walk, and run fitness
events, family entertainment, farmers market, cranberry fest market, and
much, much more. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315;
715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

- - The spectacular fall fishing season is now coming on strong 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 

- -Hunting season is almost here in Eagle River- -from September on, great
hunting opportunities for black bear, deer, wild turkey, upland birds, and
waterfowl.  Eagle River has it all, and welcomes hunters to its expansive
opportunities. 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 August 25,
2013. 

 Walleye, bass, panfish and musky all hitting; with black bear
hunters getting anxious as the season nears ; all in and amidst the lakes
and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near
Mosinee and Wausau).

The fishing in the central Wisconsin area has been outstanding with great
opportunities from many species.

The walleye bite in the central Wisconsin area has been good on the
Wisconsin River system by working the deeper holes from 10 to 14 feet of
water with jig and minnow combinations.  A few guys are long line trolling
stick baits and doing well, too.

Bass have been very active in the central Wisconsin area with jig and
plastics still the best bait.  But nothing beats the action from a topwater
explosion on a Chug Bu or Heddon Torpedo, which are both working well, too.

The panfish bite has been good in the central Wisconsin area with both
bluegills and crappies hitting well, along with a few perch.  Most of the
action is from submerged wood in deep water, but a few fish are being caught
roaming the area's vast mud flats in search of food.

The musky activity in the central Wisconsin area is picking up with action
on bucktails still being the best bet.  Most of the action is taking place
early in the morning or late in the evening, with some after dark activity
as well.
 
Hunting report:

The bears are in the bait in the central Wisconsin area.  With the 2013
black bear season only a couple of weeks away hunters with kill tags are
getting very anxious, and rightly so.  The numbers of bears are up and the
activity on the baiting stations has been very good.  The best thing hunters
can do right now is to keep regularly changing up the type of goodies that
they are giving the bears to keep them coming into their stations.

(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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