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By Bill Cosh, DNR Agency Spokesperson / Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 06:50 am
Outdoor Report for August 8, 2013
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak

Storms moved across the central part of the state midweek dropping up to 2 inches of rain in some locations, with strong winds knocking down trees and power lines. Fortunately only minor damage was reported at state parks in Door County and other areas that were in the path of the storm.

The weather is looking great this weekend to enjoy DNR Park at the Wisconsin State Fair. Kids can go on a scavenger hunt and stop and create a wearable souvenir at the t-shirt printing tent. A new outdoor pier gives everyone a better look at big rainbow trout in the stream. And be sure to check out live native animals at the Natural Heritage Conservation display.

Except for the storm, most of the state remained dry much of the last week and water levels on river systems continue to drop. This was the first time this summer that conservation wardens had to caution boaters on the Mississippi River to watch out for wing dams, with several interactions between propellers and the rock dams reported. The Flambeau and St. Croix rivers have also continued to drop but paddlers were still out in good numbers with the nice weather.

Largemouth and smallmouth bass continue to provide the consistent action on Northwoods lakes. Musky were providing anglers with a lot of follows, swirls and porpoise'ing with some 40-plus-inch fish reported. Walleye and panfish action has continued to be fair.

With the dog days of summer setting in, walleye fishing has slowed considerably on Lake Winnebago and most anglers have switched from trolling to jigging. Smallmouth bass and northern pike have been biting well on the Wolf River. Good catches of catfish and smallmouth were also reported on the lower Wisconsin River and throughout the Mississippi River.

Some nice walleye were being caught on the Menominee and Oconto rivers. Perch fishing picked up at some locations along the east shore of Green Bay. Salmon fishing has been pretty good off Door County with a mix of king, coho, steelhead and lake trout reported. Rough water kept trollers close to shore many times this week at southern Lake Michigan harbors. Action slowed, but some nice chinook were still coming in at Milwaukee and brown trout were being caught right in the Kenosha Harbor.

Canada geese are done molting and their feathers and have come out of hiding. Trumpeter swans should be beginning to molt. Eastern Bluebirds are on third clutch of eggs for the year.

Prairies are ablaze with royal catch fly, pale purple coneflower, butterfly milkweed, swamp milkweed, Joe Pye-weed, white indigo, culver root, thimbleweed, prairie onion and black-eyed Susans.

Great Blue Herons

Statewide Birding Report

Shorebird migration is in full swing. With the above-average rainfall in the spring and early summer there are a number of flooded fields or portions of crop fields providing quality shorebird stopover habitat. Common migrants include yellowlegs, least sandpipers, pectoral sandpipers and solitary sandpipers. Birders have reported a few more uncommon species like buff-breasted sandpiper, Wilsons phalarope, and stilt sandpiper. Most waterfowl are now done molting and flying around to feeding areas. There are still a few young broods around from later nesting attempts. Birding seems to be best in and around wetlands with many water birds out and about including some egrets and herons that have moved in for the summer. Swallows, flycatchers and waxwings are also taking advantage of the high insect populations emerging from these water bodies. Birders in the north are reporting mixed flocks of foraging and early migrating landbirds, including warblers, flycatchers, vireos, grosbeaks, and others. Focus on shrubby wetlands, fruiting trees, and sunlit woodland edges. - Andy Paulios, wildlife biologist, Fitchburg and Ryan Brady, wildlife research scientist, Ashland

Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled by David Boyarski, fisheries supervisor, Sturgeon Bay

Weather patterns has have become more consistent in the area and with it improved fishing conditions have followed. The air temperature increased and with it we saw an increase in fishing activity. Water temperatures are still a little lower from the cold front that moved in, but they are slowly coming back up. Water temperature out of Suamico River and Geano Beach were around 66-69 degrees, and in the Fox River, fishermen were reporting water temperatures of around 69-73 degrees. On the East Shore water temperatures ranged from 71-74 degrees to 68-71 degrees near Little Sturgeon Bay and Sawyer's Harbor.

Door County - Salmon fishing has been pretty good. A nice mix of kings, cohos, steelhead and lakers are coming in the top 70 feet of the water column or near the thermocline. Most of the success off Sturgeon Bay, Baileys Harbor, and Washington Island has been coming in 100 to 150 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are being caught nearshore in 8 to 30 feet of water. The most productive areas from boats have been Sand Bay, Ephraim, Sister Bay, Washington Island and Rowleys Bay while shore anglers are catching fish from the Stone Quarry and Andersons Dock in Ephraim. Walleye fishing has been picking up in the Sister Bay area as it usually does at this time of year, but fishing is still good south of Sturgeon Bay. Try trolling in 15 to 30 feet of water with crawler harnesses, crank baits, flicker shads or deep diving husky jerks. The Sturgeon Bay area has been producing some very nice catches of perch with minnows or crawlers fished under slip bobbers off weed edges. The most popular spots have been off Memorial Drive between the bridges as well as the Dunlop™s reef area, the old train trestle, the Stone quarry and the dock at Egg Harbor. Sawyer Harbor fishing
Fishing at Kangaroo Lake, Door County
activity was relatively low all week with a slight increase seen on the weekend. Fisherman targeted smallmouth bass and yellow perch. Smallmouth bass were caught in depths of 10-14 feet of water using night crawlers, spinners and tubes (green, gray). Yellow perch were caught in 12 feet of water using minnows and night crawlers. Fisherman reported that the yellow perch were small and only kept a few. While targeting perch, a fisherman reported catching a handful of very small Walleye, which he believed to be juveniles. Other species caught were gobies and a sheepshead. Little Sturgeon Bay fishing activity increased throughout the week and was high by the weekend. Fisherman targeted smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and walleye. just one walleye was reportedly caught all week. It was caught in 18-26 feet of water by using night crawlers. Fisherman had greater success catching both smallmouth bass and yellow perch. Smallmouth bass were caught in waters 8-16 feet of water using various baits: night crawlers, minnows, leeches, and spoons. Yellow perch were caught in 8-16 feet of water using night crawlers and minnows. Other species caught were sheepshead, gobies, rock bass, and a northern pike.

Bill Cosh
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