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Muskie Fishing on Eagle Lake

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Muskie Fishing on Eagle Lake

It’s important to take care of muskies and release them properly to ensure a great future fishery on Eagle Lake. • Credit: Jim Saric

Kenora's trophy muskie haven

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Get into any conversation about trophy muskies and Eagle Lake always enters the discussion. Throughout history Eagle lake has consistently produced trophy muskies. Eagle Lake is 63,428 acres with over 490 islands and has a tremendous variety of spots to fish. However, ask any muskie angler who spends any significant amount of time on Eagle Lake and the place where most spend their time is in the middle or eastern section of Eagle Lake.

I had an opportunity last summer to film a episode of The Musky Hunter Television Show with my friend Scott Jaeger, who recently purchased Northshore Lodge on the east end of Eagle Lake. Actually, as Scott says, "It's in the center of all of the muskie fishing!" You can look out the main dining room of Northshore Lodge and overlook several incredible muskie spots. No matter what the wind direction you can find phenomenal muskie fishing close to camp. You have quick access to the central portion of the lake, which is clear and has a large variety of island and large weed beds; or venture further east and south, where Eagle Lake becomes shallower with stained water.

This makes Northshore Lodge the perfect location to target trophy muskies. Besides being a first-class resort, Northshore Lodge is easily accessible by road, has its own boat launch, an incredible dock system for your boat, and arguably the best muskie guide staff on Eagle Lake. Scott Jaeger has been muskie fishing Eagle Lake all his life, as his parents used to own a resort on Eagle. Now, Scott and his wife Kelly are living their dream. Believe me, spend a day in the boat with Scott and his enthusiasm and passion for muskies is second to none.

Scott Jaeger from Northshore Lodge holding many of the muskies boated while filming an episode of The Musky Hunter on Eagle Lake. (Photo credit: Jim Saric)

The muskies of Eagle Lake are protected with a 54-inch size limit, which has not only resulted in more trophy fish, but the action on Eagle is exceptional. During the three days I fished with Scott we boated six muskies and hooked another six. Plus we had lots of follows from muskies in the 40 - 45 inch range. This is a great sign and a change from the days where anglers would fish all week for one strike and it seemed like only giant muskies lived in Eagle Lake. Today, there is a diverse population of muskies that can provide both action and trophy opportunities.

There are lots of muskie lures you can use on Eagle Lake, but you simply can't beat fishing a large in-line spinner with two large blades. Silver/black, gold/brown, orange/black or chartreuse are just a few of the top colors. You can fish fast during the summer in the clear water. You are sure to see the giant muskies follow to the boat, so be sure and execute a large figure 8 pattern with the lure at boatside.

Try fishing a variety of spots such as islands, points and reefs. When you find muskies in a particular area, be sure and return several times throughout the day, particularly right before sunset as that might be your best chance at catching a muskie. You should also consider casting a topwater lure at this time.

Eagle Lake is an incredible muskie fishery that is getting better over time. If you're looking for an opportunity at a trophy muskie, but are unsure about how to tackle such a large water, there is no question that Scott Jaeger and his team at Northshore Lodge can make your muskie dreams come true.

There are several other great lodges on Eagle Lake. For a complete listing of Eagle Lake fishing resorts check out www.gofishinontario.com or visitsunsetcountry.com

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