Fishing and Hunting Report: Fishing, hunting good as temperatures continue to cool
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 to 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 day 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.
The 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 bucktrailing them. Deer activity in general is better during the evening hours.