Eagle River Ice Fishing/Winter Events Update – January 31, 2018

Incoming cold, snow keep good times going in Eagle River Forecasted snow and cold temperatures expected this week
 SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REPORT (as of 1/29/2018)
Snow is forecasted for Tuesday night, and cold temperatures have found the area. Current trail conditions range from poor in town to good in the tree covered areas. The groomers are keeping up with the heavy snowmobile traffic to ensure a safe, smooth ride for all.

Here are a few continuing reminders:

  • Trail 1N has a logging operation in the section between the Town of Washington Town Hall & Eagle Lake.  This is clearly marked.
  • Wisconsin River Trail – 10W/13N and Manske Swamp – 3N: There are rough spots, but it is frozen tight.

Catfish Lake Loop and Eagle Lake Trails are now both marked and officially open. Please stay near the barrels to be safe. And a reminder: Catfish Lake Loop to Lumpy’s is NO LONGER a trail.

For all updates, regulations and trail conditions, visit http://eagleriver.org/play/snowmobile/.


Ice fishing season is here. For a full report on fishing trends and ice conditions, be sure to visit http://eagleriver.org/fish/. View the complete fishing report below.

Temperatures have returned to average, leaving perfect conditions for ice fishing.

Reminder: some area lakes are also marked with barrels for snowmobiles, so be sure to punch your holes away from the trail areas.

Northern Pike: We are finding fish on the weed edges and in the deeper weeds. On the edges, the set up should be tip ups set a foot or so off the bottom.  When fishing the deep weeds, set your tip ups so that your bait is just above the tops of the weeds.

Walleye: These fish are being caught in and around weeds.  Setting tip ups on the weed edges baited with walleye suckers or medium golden shiners in low light conditions seem to be best.  Also, jigging in the same areas with baits (like the buckshot rattle spoon) are producing fish.  The other good option is on the tops of rock humps for good spots in the early evening.

Panfish: Bluegills are being found in the weeds using small jigs tipped with waxies, spikes or tipped with plastic.  Perch are being caught on the deep weed edge where the mud meets.

Information for this week’s fishing report was provided by Colin Crawford from Colin Crawford’s Guide Service.



For a full calendar, visit: http://eagleriver.org/featured/.


FEBRUARY 9-11, 2018

USA Hockey and Labatt Blue invites you, your teammates and families to enjoy the experience at this year’s 4 on 4 Pond Hockey Championships held on Dollar Lake. The Eagle River Fire Department creates 30 specially marked rinks for this exciting event bringing participants from all over the United States. In 2017 there were approximately 300 teams facing off in 20 non-check divisions with over 2,000 enthusiasts competing. For information on registration go to the USA Hockey website. (Registrations will be accepted starting around mid-July for the 2018 Championships.) For more information on lodging and the Eagle River Area contact the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at 800-359-6315.



FEBRUARY 18, 2018: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs is hosting its 5th annual Snow Show at the Derby Track in Eagle River. There will be a variety of snowmobiling information on site, including destination booths, local snowmobile clubs, safety displays, snowmobile gear sales, representatives from the DNR and Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

Media contacts

Andy Larsen alarsen@boelterlincoln.com (414) 271-0101, ext. 119

Ken Leiviska kleiviska@boelterlincoln.com (414) 271-0101, ext. 111


Eagle River contacts

* Eagle River Chamber of Commerce – 800-359-6315 or 715-479-6400

email: info@eagleriver.org

website: www.eagleriver.org

*Colin Crawford – 715-891-2715

email: crawfordfishing@gmail.com

website: www.crawfordfishing.com

*Michele P. Woodford – 715-356-5211, ext. 207

email: michele.woodford@wisconsin.gov