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By DCT Staff / Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 11:00 am
Outdoor Report September 2016
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Fishing success was fair to good on most waters across the Northwoods. The constantly changing weather did require raincoats to be kept handy and anglers had to be on the lookout for approaching storms, but fishermen did find bass to be fairly active in the past week and most anglers reported some good action from small and medium-size fish. Action for both largemouth and smallmouth bass has been more consistent than any other time during the summer and some decent catches have been made in the last week.


Fishing pressure on lower Green Bay remained very high this week due to the outstanding walleye fishing that is going on, with multiple reports of limits being caught in a couple hours of fishing. Anglers were also reporting excellent walleye fishing along the Door County shoreline of Green Bay. Yellow perch fishing still remains good in the Sturgeon Bay area with most success occurring near deep weed lines.

Also on the wing and on the prowl for their chosen delicacies are fall migrants like the fall warblers. Remember that most birds do not sing in the fall to the extent that they do in the spring. That means birdwatchers need to rely more on keen eyesight and less on their hearing to locate and identify birds. Large flocks of bluebirds and blackbirds are beginning to gather. Bluebird concentrations tend to number about 10 to 20 birds, but blackbird flocks reach several hundred to more than one thousand birds.

Late prairie flowers are in full bloom. Keep your eyes open for prairie blazing star, stiff goldenrod, rattlesnake master, yellow and purple cone flowers, blue vervain, black-eyed susans, butterfly weed and more. A few trees and shrubs such as red maples and staghorn sumac are tipping their hats and welcoming fall with some display of color.


Door County - Salmon fishing in Door County this past week has been hit or miss but some anglers have been catching a good number of very large fish. The best action has been reported in 100-150 feet of water with most fish biting in the bottom half of the water column. Although anglers are catching salmon and trout on spoons and plugs, flasher/flies combos have been producing a lot more action. Smallmouth bass fishing has slowed down throughout Door County but anglers have been catching good numbers of fish. The best bite this past week was still being reported from 10-30 feet of water near offshore structure. The yellow perch fishing still remains good in the Sturgeon Bay area with most success occurring near deep weed lines. Walleye fishing in Door County along the Green Bay shoreline remains good and anglers are reporting excellent fishing. Jigging has been the best method for catching walleyes, but trolling has also brought success for many anglers. Towards the end of the week shore anglers have had success using stick baits and soft plastics in Sturgeon Bay.


(Outdoor Report information and photography courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Door County fishing report by Tim Leverenz, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay.)


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