Wisconsin Outdoor, Fishing, and Hunting Reports 10-6-2013

As of October 6, 2013.

Outdoor, Fishing, and Hunting Reports (and weekly calendars) 55for:

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

As of October 7, 2013: THIS WEEK¹S HEADLINE:

* Walleye, northern, and panfish all putting on a good to excellent bite,
with musky, smallmouth and largemouth providing good action. All types of
migrating honkers moving in, with more and more deer activity  -- especially
nocturnal.  Grouse hunting will peak in the coming week or two, and local
woodcocks staging for migration south.  All in the Eagle River, Wisconsin
area.
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* Musky, walleye, crappie and bass all hitting, with duck and goose hunters
having a very good season; 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 October 6, 2013:

 Walleye, northern, and panfish all putting on a good to excellent
bite, with musky, smallmouth and largemouth providing good action.  All
Al LindnerSmallmouthtypes of migrating honkers moving in, with more and more deer activity --
especially nocturnal. Grouse hunting will peak in the coming week or two,
and local woodcocks staging for migration south.  All in the Eagle River,
Wisconsin area. 

Water temps hovering around 60 degrees, and dropping slowly but steadily.

Walleye in the Eagle River area are putting on a good to excellent bite.
Fish 10-30 feet off of break edges or adjacent mud flats.  The walleye are
tight to bottom.  Use a 1/8th ounce jig and a fathead.  All day action.

Northern are locating in and around in 10 feet of water or less, in the
Eagle River area.  Use a bass style spinner bait, small bucktail, Rapala
Husky Jerk, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber.  All day action.  Bite
is good to excellent.

Panfish (crappies, bluegills and perch) in the Eagle River area are locating
in 15 feet of water or less outside of weed edges. Use a crappie minnow or
chunk of crawler under a slip bobber or small jig.  Perch are tight to
bottom, with crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column (day
and lake dependent).  All day action.  Bite is good to excellent.

Musky in the Eagle River area are in 15 feet of water or less off of weed
edges or adjacent hardbottom areas.  Use a bucktail, topwater, crankbait or
jerkbait. All are working.  Some anglers are starting to try live suckers
with mixed results.  Still a bit early for suckers.  All daDeer-Skaar-Poynette-smally bite with peaks
in the evening.  Use a regular retrieve, and always do a "figure 8" as your
lure nears the boat.  Action is good.

Smallmouth basss in the Eagle River area are in 10-30 feet of water off of
break edges in hardbottom areas.  Use a plastic tube or crawfish, or a jig
and a minnow. All day action. Bite is good.

Largemouth bass in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less in
and around weeds.  Use a plastic rigged weedless, bass style spinner bait,
or a Mepps spinner.  All day action. Bite is good.

Hunting report.

Grouse A Good DayThe fall colors are at their peak right now in the Eagle River area.  For
grouse hunters, this means there are still plenty of leaves on the trees
blocking visibility and shots.  But this also means prime time for Eagle
River grouse is only a week or two away.  Until that happens, the birds will
still be somewhat spread out across the forest.  The family groups of summer
are now broken up.
Duck hunters are starting to see the wood ducks move.  Flocks of woodies are
staging for their migration south, and we are seeing a few birds from
further north.  The next cold snap will push them out.  Migrating honkers
are moving into the area.
Some young bucks are starting to chase does around the Eagle River area.  If
you see does moving through the forest, keep your eyes peeled for a buck
trailing them.  Deer activity in general is better during the evening hours.

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).
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***Calendar highlights for Eagle River, Wisconsin

*****NEW!! Fri.-Thurs., Oct. 25-31, 2013:  First Eagle River Hallow-Fest.
You don't have to be a goblin or ghost to enjoy a full week of "scaring up"
some fun in Eagle River.  Costume contest, scary movies, Great Escape by a
relative of Harry Houdini.  A night at the museum-  -The Northwoods
Children's Museum that is.  Scavenger Hunt, Halloween cookie decorating,
"Wolves, Bats & Owls" educational program at Trees for Tomorrow ­ including
live birds of prey.  Horse-drawn hayrides, Hallloween music, Warehouse for
Scary Art projects, treasure hunt, GhostBustour, paranomal investigators,
wine and cheese tasting, Mystic Sisters, project magic, psychic and card
reading, trick or treat.  Non stop fun culminating on Halloween.  Great
event for the family and kids or any age! Eagle River Chamber of Commerce;
800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web:
www.eagleriver.org

- - Fall is here and is being welcomed in Eagle River with a big smile and
an invitation to come up and enjoy this glorious season-of-seasons. 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

- -Trees for Tomorrow has a multitude of family, youth, public and nature
programs right on its campus in Eagle River.  This wondrous venue allows
everyone to explore the joys of nature at little or not cost.  Contact Trees
for Tomorrow for information and program schedule. Phone:  715-479-6456.
E-mail:  learning@treesfortomorrow.com. 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

- - Fri.-Sun., Oct. 11-13, 2013:  Northwoods Fall Art Tour, 10 am-5 pm.
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 full swing 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 here in Eagle River- -from September on, great hunting
opportunities for, 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 October 7,
2013. 

Musky, walleye, crappie and bass all hitting, with duck and goose
hunters having a very good season; all in and amidst the lakes and the
Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee
and Wausau).

Anglers are having a good fall fishing season in the central Wisconsin area,
with water temperatures in the upper 50s, and on their way down.  Fishing is
only going to get better.

The musky bite in the central Wisconsin area continues to improve with some
big fish showing up on jerkbaits like Suicks and Reef Hawgs, as well as
rubber style biats like Bulldawgs and Medusas.

Walleyes in the central Wisconsin area have been particularly active in
deeper water associated with the sharp bends in the main Wisconsin River
channel, and the large deep flats on main lakes.  Most of the anglers are
using lead head jigs tipped with minnows for action, but a few larger fish
are coming on large jigs tipped with oversized plastics.

The crappie bite in the central Wisconsin area has been very good all season
long and continues to stay hot with good numbers, as well as size, being
caught.  Most of the action is coming from mid lake structure in deep water.

Bass anglers in the central Wisconsin area continue to find a lot of big
bass associated with deep rock structure by working deep diving crankbaits
and jigs tipped with plastics over the rocky structure.

Hunting report.

As we move into October the fall hunting season in the central Wisconsin
area is well under way.  Most archery hunters are getting ready for the rut
which will begin in a few weeks, as well as gun hunters sighting in their
rifles and getting their stands situated well before the season starts.

Duck and goose hunters in the central Wisconsin area are having a very good
season with numbers of geese, mallards and wood ducks still in the area; as
well as some large groups of teal (both green wing and blue wing) starting
to show up.  This is going to be a very good season for duck and goose
hunters

 (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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