My 30 Smallmouth Bass Days in Eagle River, Wisconsin


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Story By:  Kevin Sewell, Owner of Ultimate Fishing Site & Illinois Hammerheads Baseball
Featured DestinationEagle River, Wisconsin
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I have been to Eagle River, Wisconsin many times.  It is one of my favorite places to visit in Wisconsin.  Good lakes, plenty of amenities in the town and if you want to get away from it all, you can head north or east and usually find some water that you don’t have to share with too many other anglers.

I have had 3 days up here where I caught more than 30 smallmouth bass in a day.  There are a lot of places you can go to have a 30 bass day, but catching 30 bass with more than half of them being above 15 inches is tough to do on small waters that aren’t in Canada.

I fished 2 different lakes for one of these days and I stayed on the same lake for the other 2 days that I fished up here.  No, I wasn’t targeting spawning bass on the beds, however, if I did time it just right, I probably could have caught more during the spawn.

These were summer days and I was fishing deeper water anywhere from 16 to 25 feet down.  Drop shot rigs with soft plastics, nightcrawlers and leeches got the job done.  The key was to move around from rock pile to rock pile until I found the fish.  Once I located the fish, I would fish that area hard for like a good hour before moving.  At times, the spot would be as small as the length of my bass boat.  These spots would be the drop-off just on the ledge.  Too deep or too shallow and very few bites.


The Best of These Spots


Because I was shooting video at the time of these 30 bass days, I remember the fishing like it was yesterday.  I can just pull up the video and see myself catch bass after bass in the same spot, then again in another spot and so forth.  The video quality wasn’t as good as I have it now, so you won’t see these videos up on Youtube nowadays, but I still have the footage.  In one of these spots, I caught 13 smallmouth bass in about 20 minutes without moving.  Crazy, I know.  That same spot gave up A BIG FAT ZERO the next day and I fished it like 5 different times.  The next day was also a 30 bass day, but believe it or not, I caught almost all 30 bass on different rock piles from the first day.  Smallmouth bass are known for moving quite frequently and apparently, if you hook into 30 of them, they weren’t too happy about sticking around for day 2.

On one of my other trips, on a different lake, I caught 17 of my 30 bass on one small stretch of shoreline where it dropped off from 8 to 15 feet of water.  This wasn’t a large stretch either and the bite was fast and furious once I found the fish.

These were 3 days over the stretch of 9 to 10 total days of fishing over a couple different years and they were really, really good.  I can consistently go out and catch smallies in the Eagle River area, but the 30 bass days definitely aren’t the norm for one person.  I would say 10 to 15 quality keepers is very doable, but 30 is something special.  Let me finish with leaving you a few pictures from these days.



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