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Wisconsin General Events and Activities / 2017 Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:16:47 PM »
2017 Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA
SEPTEMBER 14 - SEPTEMBER 17
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The Tomahawk Fall Ride brings in more than 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts and others to the area each September. The event not only brings in entertainment and the newest motorcycles and accessories from Harley-Davidson Motor Company, but it also raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). In fact, the Tomahawk Fall Ride is the largest local fund raiser for MDA in North Central Wisconsin.

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Great Lakes Fishing / Lake Michigan Wisconsin Outdoor Fishing Report
« on: September 12, 2017, 07:12:18 PM »
Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: September 12, 2017

Kenosha Co.
Ramp: No boaters reported catching any fish.
Pier: No boaters reported catching any fish.
Shore: 5 king salmon were reported caught this week. All of the salmon caught were reported to have been caught on skein under a bobber. The anglers that caught the fish said orange was the best color and that time of day did not seem to matter. The water temperature was 65F.
Racine Co.
Ramp: No anglers reported catching any fish this week.
Pier: Three brown trout and one king salmon were reported caught this week. The king salmon was caught on a green/white glow spoon. The brown trout were caught on blue/chrome spoons and blue/white glow spoons. The fish were caught during the early morning and late evening. The water temperature was 64F.
Shore: No anglers reported catching any fish.
Milwaukee Co.
Shoreline: Shoreline fishing for the week has been picking up for anglers. More fish are getting caught in the gaps and the mouths of rivers than in recent weeks. This is a good sign for shoreline or pier anglers, after a slow summer those anglers who stuck it out, should be rewarded with higher catch rates during the spawn run. The weather has been inconsistent this last week with storms, and high east winds to no wind with a west breeze. The water temperature for the Milwaukee County shoreline averaged 68° F, which is a little lower than the previous week. This temperature is unfortunately still rather warm water for the salmon and trout anglers are trying to catch. Another week closer to spawning season should still keep your hopes up for better things to come. Anglers have been catching fish on firetiger flicker shads, and jigging spoons to get some chinook salmon hanging around the bottom.
Offshore: Offshore fishing for this week has been inconsistent due to weather and storms than last week. With some having good luck in the early mornings, a lot of anglers haven’t had much success this last week. The anglers who have had success, have fished in shallower compared to the 100ft to 120ft of water that anglers have normally fished in. The big east winds recently could have messed with water temperatures and the thermocline. So before you go to your golden spot maybe get out a little earlier and try to find where the cooler water is, it could help catch more fish. A lot of anglers have been trolling closer to the gap at Mckinley Marina and by the mouth of the river by the north city shoreline. Most of the fish caught were Chinook or Lake trout, using the usual tackle you would use for trolling (spoons, fliers, etc) with the majority of hits coming on spoons. Good luck this upcoming week.
Sheboygan Co.
Fishing pressure was relatively low during the week due to windy and rainy weather conditions. The ramp and piers were not sampled this week, and interviews were only obtained from the Sheboygan River.
Rivers: Only one catch of chinook salmon and two smallmouth bass were reported on the Sheboygan River. Most anglers were using worms, plugs, and spoons. Water temperature of the Sheboygan River ranged from 62-64ºF. The Pigeon River was not sampled this week.
Ozaukee Co.
Similar to Sheboygan County, fishing pressure remained low at the beginning of the week due to poor weather conditions. However, many anglers were observed fishing off the shoreline and utility area over the weekend. Most of the success was reported from anglers off of the utility area as few boaters were present throughout the week.
Sauk Creek: No interviews were obtained on the Sauk Creek this week. Water levels remain low, and the water temperature was 55ºF.
Port Washington Harbor and Piers: While only a couple of rainbow trout and chinook salmon were caught off the piers and shoreline this week, several chinook salmon and some brown trout were reported off the utility area. Most of the chinook salmon weighed 12-21.5 pounds, however, there were a couple smaller ones that weighed in the 5-8 pound range. The brown trout weighed on average 7 pounds. Most catches were made on spawn sacs, although some were also made on spoons. The surface temperature of the water was 61ºF.
Port Washington Ramps: With so few boats present this week, there were only two reported catches of chinook salmon. These chinook salmon weighed 14 pounds and 17.5 pounds, and were caught in 40ft of water on spoons.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: September 12, 2017
Manitowoc Co.
Manitowoc and Two Rivers have had some salmon action start to pick up as of last weekend. Both chinooks and browns have been caught upstream of the harbors in the East and West Twin Rivers. All reported fish from the West Twin River have been chinooks caught near the dams in Shoto on spinners, beads, and artificial spawn sacs, and fish have ranged from about 10 to 20 pounds. There haven’t been huge numbers reported yet, and some rain might be helpful to get more fish up, as no water was coming over the small dam as of Sunday night. The East Twin River has had a mix of browns and chinooks caught, but more fish can be seen sitting in pools farther downstream of the dam. Fish have been caught all the way up to the dam in Mishicot though, and the same tackle mentioned from the West Twin has been taking fish. Pier anglers have had no success this weekend for any species of fish, but some have reported silver fish jumping out of casting range.
No interviews were recorded on the Manitowoc streams this week, but anglers have been reporting only a few fish being caught in the Manitowoc River via word of mouth.
No interviews were recorded from boats fishing the lake this weekend either, likely due to strong easterly winds.
Kewaunee Co.
Action on the lake has been slow with very few anglers to report. Boats fishing shallow water and near the piers have been able to pick up the occasional 4 year old king while other boats are heading out to 400+FOW in search of rainbows and younger kings. Most anglers have been focusing their efforts on the piers. In Algoma a few kings have been caught in the morning off the south pier on spoons. The Kewaunee pier has been slow but not for lack of effort. Fly fishermen have been targeting the first few pods of kings moving upstream on the Kewaunee River with limited success. Look for salmon action to pick up as the water cools off and more chinook keep moving in for the fall run.
Sturgeon Bay
Bad weather has limited fishing opportunities in the Sturgeon Bay area for both boats and shore anglers. Very little success was reported by any boats coming off the Lake Michigan side, with only a single fish here or there reported. Perch fishing has slowed according to reports over the past week also, and fewer boats than normal have been out to boot. Some walleye anglers have had some success trolling crawler harnesses out on the bay in 20-30 feet-of-water, but they have also reported a lot of sheepshead and catfish bycatch.
Shore anglers have had very limited success for smallmouth or any species besides gobies for that matter, as storms and changing weather seemed to scatter fish.


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Great Lakes Fishing / Green Bay Fishing Report: September 12, 2017
« on: September 12, 2017, 07:10:39 PM »
Green Bay Fishing Report: September 12, 2017

Door Co.
Fishing pressure was fairly low this past week in door county. Walleye fishing has been very good from Sturgeon Bay North to Sister bay and trolling, casting, and jigging methods have all been successful. The bite from shore has been best after dark and hit or miss during the day. Anglers have reported catching a few Walleyes from piers or structures adjacent to deep water using crank baits with a slow retrieval. The Smallmouth Bass fishing has been consistent and good with a better offshore bite in 15-30 feet of water. Anglers from shore have still reported a good bite but less consistent than the offshore bite. The Yellow Perch fishing was great this past week and some anglers reported catching limits while fishing in the Sturgeon Bay canal in town. Anglers having the best success have been mobile and finding active schools of feeding Perch. Salmon fishing pressure has been minimal out on the lake and most anglers have been fishing the Sturgeon Bay canal. Trolling spoons and deep crank baits has been successful, along with a fairly good bite from shore.

Chaudoirs Dock – Most anglers were observed over the Labor day weekend and few anglers interviewed during the week. Anglers were after walleye with similar success, bringing in 2-4 fish per trip. Anglers also caught freshwater drum, white perch, and catfish. Some anglers were after musky but did not have any luck.

Sugar Creek - No anglers observed.

Rites Cove - No anglers observed.

Little Sturgeon Bay – Few anglers were observed throughout the week. The ones interviewed reported targeting walleye with little to no success.
Sawyer Harbor – An average of 4 trailers were observed during the week with little success. Few anglers were interviewed and reported targeting mostly walleye.
Brown/Kewaunee Co. - Bay side from Sturgeon Bay area south
Bayshore - Many anglers were interviewed over the Labor day weekend. Those who were out for walleye did not have as much luck as those who were out for perch. Many walleye anglers found themselves bringing in zero to 5 fish max. Perch anglers had better luck bringing in their limit or very close to. Towards the end of the week fewer anglers were observed, most going after walleye and found themselves coming back with 1 or 2 fish per trip. Anglers also reported catching freshwater drum and white bass.

Suamico – Boat anglers were out targeting walleye and Muskie in force over the past week up in Suamico. The launch was at least half full during the week and spilled over into the over flow parking area during the weekend. Both groups of anglers found inconsistent success between boats. Some Muskie anglers found fish early on in the day while others struggled all day to locate fish. It was the same deal with walleye anglers, some had a few fish for the freezer while others couldn’t land a bite.

Longtail Lauches- no anglers or trailers
Metro launch – Inconsistent weather over the past week led to a low turnout for both boat and shore anglers. Only a few trailers were observed, No interviews taken. Only a couple anglers were out fishing from shore. They were in search for smallmouth bass and black crappie but came up empty. The launch had 2-5 trailers out during the week and weekend.

Fox River Mouth – High trailer counts all week which ended up resulting in high number of interviews from pleasure boaters. With the nice weather we have had lately the public is getting on the water and enjoying the sun. As for anglers, walleye has been the main target with anglers launching from the mouth and running a couple miles north usually. Walleye angler have had a tough time finding decent numbers of walleyes and they are also struggling to keep the non-target fish off their lines, many times white perch or freshwater drum will hit their baits before a walleye has time. Shore anglers from the river mouth have still been doing good catching freshwater drum with the occasional channel catfish mixed in. The river’s water temperature is quite high right now with many anglers reporting 82-85 degree surface temperatures.

Fox River- Almost all of my interviews from the upper portion of the river came from pleasure boaters with most of the anglers targeting fish out in the bay right now. Fish species that have been caught by anglers in the upper portion have been, freshwater drum, and channel catfish.

Fox Point Launch – Few trailers observed, no interviews taken

Fairgrounds – Couple trailers observed, no interviews take.

Duck Creek - There was a mixed group of hunters and anglers out in duck creek over the past week. Those in search of fish specifically targeted yellow Perch and found a decent amount for the freezer. Anglers interviewed harvested at least 15 perch per boat for half a day spent on the water. Fish that wear measured were between 8-10 inches. Both boat launches averaged at least two trailers throughout the week and weekend.

Voyager Park – There were a few people out fishing voyager and some found fish to take home. They were after black crappie, smallmouth bass, and a good time. Those after black crappie found some fish to take home.
Red River - No anglers observed.

Oconto Co.
Blue gill and some small mouth are still being caught below the Dam at Stiles on the Oconto River although the catch rates have dropped this past week. Fishing the mouth of the Oconto River is still producing some small mouth, cat fish, and drum mainly using live bait. Fishing Young's Reef this past week was producing very good success with most anglers rip Jigging. Trolling crawler/harness and bottom bouncers was also working well. Perch anglers were having some success from the Pensaukee River to Oconto Park II fishing in 6 to 14 feet of water using minnows and crawler chunks. The most productive time to fish has been early morning.
Genoas Beach- The launch was consistently full throughout the week and weekend despite the strong winds that kept many anglers home. Only a few interviews were taken and all the anglers interviewed were in search for walleye. Some spent a short time on the water due to the weather change and came home empty while others had a couple fish to take home.

Marinette Co.
Few interviews were obtained from anglers fishing the Peshtigo River or the Menominee River. Fishing seems to have slacked off some with few if any fish being caught. No reports of salmon being caught yet.

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Birding, Bird Watching / Explore Minnesota Birding Update - September 2017
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:03:19 PM »
Explore Minnesota Birding Update - September 2017   
    

Juvenile sharp-shinned hawk flying over Hawk Ridge; photo by Karl Bardon

 

Explore Minnesota Birding Update.  Happy birding!

September Nature Notes

The fall migration is underway. Many birds are heading south to warmer locations, and some are just arriving as they relocate from the north.

Various factors and cues spur migratory movement such as the amount of daylight, the angle of the sun, cooling temperatures and the availability of food.

Several warbler species, flycatchers and nighthawks are in the midst of their migration, and the majority of hummingbirds, orioles and martins have already departed. Raptors are also on the move. And an influx of red crossbills was noted as early as August.

One of the most popular viewing sites for raptors is Hawk Ridge in Duluth where birders can see vast numbers of sharp-shinned hawks, broad-winged hawks, bald eagles and other raptors from early September through mid-November. Peak migration at Hawk Ridge takes place from mid-September to late October. Check out The Birds of Hawk Ridge to see images of the many species that pass through most years. Another excellent site to view the hawk migration is Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center in Hastings.

Birders will want to check out Explore Minnesota's 6 Hot Spots for Watching the Fall Migration to learn of other key locations for spectacular birding during the autumn season.

Did You Know?

Not all birds migrate during the day. In fact, most migrate at night. Such birds include warblers, sparrows and thrushes. One hazard they face is the abundance of well-lit buildings which can easily disorient these birds, often leading to collisions, injury and even death. Audubon Minnesota is promoting their Lights Out Program to help nighttime migrants avoid colliding with lit buildings. They encourage managers and owners of Twin Cities' buildings to turn off unnecessary lights between midnight and dawn from Aug. 15 and Oct. 31 during this prime migration period. Help spread the word about the Lights Out Program and the opportunity to save money while saving birds! Whenever possible, please congratulate the owners and managers of the buildings identified on the List of Participating Buildings.

Migratory birds need to consume additional calories this time of year to prepare for their long flights. Draw these birds into your yard and view them from the comfort of your home while helping them get the calories they need for their long journeys. Autumn Bird Feeding Tips from The Spruce provides information on how to attract and what to feed our migratory birds.

Upcoming Birding Events

Sept. 15-17, Duluth
Hawk Ridge Weekend Festival
Celebrate the fall bird migration during the annual Hawk Ridge Weekend Festival and enjoy one of North America's best places to experience the fall bird migration through field trips, workshops, presentations and social gatherings. Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. 218-428-6209

Sept. 16, Zimmerman
Guided Bird Tour
Look for raptors, waterfowl, warblers, flycatchers, sparrows and other species on this guided walking and driving tour.  Meet your guide at the Oak Savanna Learning Center on Sherburne County Road 9, approximately 5 miles west of Hwy 169. Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. 763-389-3323

Sept. 16, Maplewood
Bluff Tops, Birding and Bagels Hike
Join other bird enthusiasts and search Fish Creek’s scenic vistas for songbirds and raptors riding air thermals. Learn techniques for identifying birds. Bagels and cream cheese will be provided. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair. Fish Creek Preserve. 651-249-2170

Sept. 22, Hastings
Bird Banding
See songbirds up close and learn about the birds who share our ecosystem. Banding runs continuously for the full 3 ½ hours but visitors may come and go at any time. Carpenter Nature Center. 651-437-4359

Sept. 30, Hastings
Fall Raptor Count & Hawk Watch
Each fall, thousands of raptors and other bird migrants follow the St. Croix/Mississippi River Flyway south to their wintering grounds in the southern U.S. and beyond. Join a team of friendly spotters and greeters to count raptors as well as songbirds, gulls and other southbound birds. Please RSVP. Carpenter Nature Center. 651-437-4359

Oct. 7, Houston
Owl Prowl to Call in Wild Owls
Owls live all around us but are very good at evading detection. Learn how to identify owls by size, shape, silhouette and sound. Following an indoor portion of the program, participants will carpool to known owl territories in and around Houston to call for eastern screech-owls, barred owls, and great horned owls. International Owl Center. 507- 896-OWLS (6957)

Recent Bird Sightings

Check the Duluth/North Shore Rare Bird Alert and the Northwestern Minnesota/Detroit Lakes Rare Bird Alert for recent bird sightings. Recent sightings throughout the state can be found on the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union website --- consider joining the Minnesota Birding community on Facebook.

During migration periods, check out Bird Cast Forecasts courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to learn about weekly movement for your area.














    

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Wisconsin Fishing / Minocqua area fishing report
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:58:42 AM »
Minocqua Area Fishing Report

High pressure and cloudless skies could be to blame for some of the tough fishing this past weekend.  Yet for certain anglers and certain species windows of opportunity existed.

Bluegill:  Good-Very Good
– Despite some “dead” zones, good reports on some very nice fish.  Anglers finding most “good” fish in 12-16’ of water.  1/2 crawlers, leaf worms or waxies placed on small 1/32 oz jigs or suspended on #6 Aberdeen hooks below slip-floats.

Musky:  Good
– At times very tough, but windows of opportunity arose (as they tend to) and the anglers on the water at those times did extremely well.  Several reports of anglers with fish of 45-50” reported.  Bucktails, spinner baits, soft baits and even top-water towards dusk.  Not a lot on suckers yet, but with many lakes having surface temps of 62-64 degrees, that shouldn’t be long.
 
Largemouth Bass:  Good – Good reports of anglers working outside weed edges with 7” worms Carolina rigged, tubes and drop-shotting 3” Wacky Worms or Texas rigging Sweet Beavers and other creature baits.
 
Northern Pike:  Very Good-Good – Spinner baits best over weed tops in 8-12’.  Chatter baits and 4 ½” swim baits also effective.
 
Crappie:  Good – Working deep (14-18’) wood or coontail edges.  Small minnows, Mini-Mites tipped with waxies and 1/16 oz Slo-Poke jigs with a 2” Paddle Tail swam along edges very effective.
 
Yellow Perch:  Good – Numbers of perch in and along cabbage flats of 8-12’.  Drowned wood a good draw.  1/2 crawlers best bet.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Drop-shotting 3” Gulp minnows or 3” Senkos over 22’ gravel humps.  Tube/jigs along 14-18’ coontail edges also effective.
 
Walleye:  Good-Fair – High pressure took its toll on decent bite.  Gravel humps of 14-24’ using 1/8-1/4 oz jigs tipped with large fatheads.  Some deep sandgrass action using Walleye suckers on Lindy rigs.
 
Morning had been cold, (low 38 degrees) now just cool.  Daytime highs in upper 70’s this week.  Redtails unavailable still, substitute with blacks or Walleye suckers.
 
Water levels still high, but Flowages down a little.  With surface temps in lo-mid 60’s but daytime highs in upper 70’s, don’t expect much change in water temps.
 
 
Kurt Justice
Kurt’s Island Sport Shop
www.kurtsislandsports.com


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General Hunting Dog topics / Hunting Dog Killed in Burnett County
« on: September 09, 2017, 03:00:32 PM »
Hunting Dog Killed in Burnett County

Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a Walker Hound on 09/08/17.  The attack occurred in the Town of Blaine, Burnett County.  More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage.



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General Hunting Dog topics / Hunting Dog Killed in Sawyer County
« on: September 09, 2017, 02:55:49 PM »
Hunting Dog Killed in Sawyer County

Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a Walker Hound on 09/07/17.  The attack occurred in the Town of Draper, Sawyer County.  More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage.



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Wisconsin Fishing / Wisconsin Outdoor Statewide fishing report
« on: September 07, 2017, 05:50:15 PM »
Wisconsin Outdoor Statewide fishing report

Water levels are normal to a little higher for this time of year due to continued precipitation.

On Green Bay, perch anglers were having some success along with musky anglers fishing the west shore and lower Bay. Walleye anglers were coming back with four to six fish per trip.
Fishing pressure around the Door County peninsula was high this past week and fishing was good. Adult chinook salmon have been making their way into the Sturgeon Bay canal and a few big fish were caught. The smallmouth bass bite remains fairly good, with a bass tournament off Little Sturgeon Bay bringing out a lot of boats Saturday.

On Lake Michigan, salmon fishing has been slow at both Kewaunee and Algoma but was picking up in Manitowoc and Two Rivers. The chinook salmon are moving in and can be seen surfacing in the harbors. A few kings have been spotted upstream but not in any numbers yet. Some salmon have been caught up the Manitowoc but no upstream reports from the Twin Rivers yet.

Fishing pressure at southern Lake Michigan harbors was relatively low during the last week due to windy and stormy weather conditions. No fish have been caught yet on the Sheboygan or Pigeon rivers. Sauk Creek water levels were low and will need to rise for fish to come in. The Root River is extremely clear and very low with very few anglers fishing the river and no fish reported this week.

Flambeau River State Forest - Fishermen have been fishing the Flambeau River for musky, walleye, northern pike and bass. Water levels are normal to a little higher for this time of year due to the precipitation we have been receiving.

Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report
This report is for the week of August 27-Sept. 2. Light to moderate fishing pressure was observed during the week. Rain wind and cool temperatures persisted, with waters being a bit muddy.
Marinette County - Fishing seems to have slacked off some on the Peshtigo and Menominee rivers with few if any fish being caught. No reports of salmon being caught yet. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Oconto County - Bluegill and some smallmouth were still being caught below the dam at Stiles on the Oconto River although the catch rates have dropped this past week. Fishing the mouth of the Oconto River was still producing some smallmouth, catfish, and drum mainly on live bait. Fishing Young's Reef this past week was producing very good success with most anglers rip-jigging. Trolling crawler/harness and bottom bouncers was also working well. Perch anglers were having some success from the Pensaukee River to Oconto Park II fishing in 6 to 14 feet of water using minnows and crawler chunks. The most productive time to fish has been early morning. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
There were plenty of anglers fishing out of Geano Beach over the past week. Most were musky anglers with a few walleye anglers sprinkled in. Walleye anglers were catching at least a couple of fish. Musky anglers found success as well with most the boats catching one musky along with the occasional large northern pike. - Adam Garlie, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Brown County - At Bayshore Park, early in the week not many anglers were out, but those who were had pretty consistent results. Toward the end of the week more anglers were observed out, most going after walleye and found themselves coming back with 4-6 fish per trip. Anglers also reported catching freshwater drum and white bass. - Kara Winter, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Over the past week there was a nice diversity of anglers and non-anglers using metro launch. Only a few boat anglers were out and primarily targeting musky with consistent success. All groups either had one in the boat or had one on and lost it. Shore anglers were out to catch whatever was biting or a good time. They found themselves catching freshwater drum and white bass. Duck hunters were also observed out on the water. Fox Point Launch had a few anglers out on shore and via boat. One boat in search of catfish caught multiple large catfish as well as a few smaller ones. At the Fairgrounds shore anglers didn't have much luck and came up empty. At Voyager Park, there were varying amounts of anglers out over the past week fishing from shore. During the week only a couple people were out trying their luck but during the weekend almost 20 anglers were counted fishing from shore. Most were out to catch whatever would bite or they just trying to enjoy some time outside. The ones that did find a few bites found themselves catching freshwater drum and white bass. At Duck Creek not many people were out fishing over the past week but the ones that did had some luck. Anglers were primarily targeting yellow perch and were so successful that a few groups limited out. Fish measured were in the 8-9 inch range. On the water at Suamico there were a decent amount of anglers out over the past week. About half were fishing for walleye and the other half was fishing for musky. Walleye anglers found some success putting 2-4 fish in the cooler, while those on the hunt for musky averaged one catch per boat. - Adam Garlie, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Door County - Fishing pressure was high this past week and fishing was good around the peninsula. Anglers trolling for salmon were sparse north of Sturgeon Bay, but most boats were coming in with at least a few fish. Adult chinook salmon have been making their way into the Sturgeon Bay canal and a few big fish were being caught from the piers and inside of the canal. Most anglers were having their best luck on spoons and deep diving crank baits. The perch bite this past week was tough and most anglers were reporting catching mainly small fish. The smallmouth bass bite remains fairly good throughout Door County both from shore and from a boat. A variety of baits and lures have been working. Most anglers fishing from shore that have had success this past week were using night crawlers under a bobber. At Chaudoir's Dock most boats were after walleye with fairly consistent success bringing in 3-5 fish per trip. Anglers also caught freshwater drum, white perch, and catfish. Off Little Sturgeon Bay over the weekend there was a bass tournament going on Saturday. Most other boats were out for walleye catching 3-6 fish per trip. Anglers also caught freshwater drum, round goby, and white bass. Some bass anglers had better luck than others, varying from 4 to 10 fish for the hours they were out. Sawyer Harbor anglers were targeting mostly walleye. - Kara Winter fisheries technician, Green Bay
Kewaunee County - Salmon fishing has been slow in both Kewaunee and Algoma in the last week. The chinook salmon are moving in and can be seen surfacing in the harbors but bites are far and few between. This is likely do to warm water temps in the harbors and lake holding around 64 degrees. Pier fishermen have been able to get a few bites by casting champs at first light. A few kings have been spotted farther upstream but no fishermen have moved upstream yet. Boat fishermen have had very limited success. Some have been trolling around the pier heads looking for staging kings while others are heading out to 200-400 feet of water and catching the occasional rainbow and 2-3 year old king. - Benjamin Thome, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay
Manitowoc County - Salmon fishing looks to be picking up in Manitowoc and Two Rivers. Both locations have had some chinook gathering around the piers, as anglers in boats and on the piers have been able to get some fish. Fishing hasn't been fast, but opportunities to catch some are present for those that put the time in. Spoons have been taking the salmon in boats, but not enough fish have come in yet to determine if any color pattern is more effective. Anglers from shore have caught salmon on casting spoons, spawn, and even night crawlers, but most anglers have reported that they have seen many fish jumping without getting many bites. Some salmon have been caught up the river in Manitowoc, but not farther than the 10th Street bridge, although they have been seen jumping as far up as Manitou Park. No upstream reports from the Twin Rivers have come in yet. A couple rainbows have also been caught in Manitowoc, either off the piers or in the marina area, as well as some northern pike on the harbor-side of the piers. Water surface temperatures are falling to the mid-60s or lower, and with west winds, rain, and cooler temperatures toward the end of the weekend, anglers are looking for fishing to improve and a good salmon run in the coming weeks. Also, the mouth of Silver Creek in Manitowoc appears to have some significant blockage that may inhibit fish from moving upstream easily, so anyone considering fishing there should keep an eye out for the creek to clear first. - Jacob Steckmesser, fisheries technician, Mishicot

Waupaca County - Cold front has slowed if not stopped area fish from biting. Slowly warming weather for the weekend should rectify this. Area streams look great with stable water levels.
Fishing on the Wolf River has been good for panfish. Anglers have been catching bluegills and crappies in log jams and brush piles baited with a worm. Northern pike and bass have also been biting. Angles are reminded that all northern pike on the Winnebago System must a minimum of 26 inches in length to be kept.

Southern Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled from creel clerks by Cheryl Masterson and Jeffrey Zinuticz, fisheries technicians, Milwaukee

Sheboygan County - Fishing pressure was relatively low during the week due to windy and stormy weather conditions. There was a noticeable increase in boaters and anglers over the weekend as conditions improved. As in previous weeks, boaters still reported most of the success, with anglers reporting little to no success off the piers or on the rivers. No fish were caught on the Sheboygan River or the Pigeon River. Most anglers on the Sheboygan River were at the base of the south pier and were using spoons, minnows, and spawn sacs. There was only one chinook salmon caught off of the south pier this week. The chinook salmon weighed 19 pounds and was caught on a spoon. The surface temperature of the water cooled to 63 degrees by the weekend. Success off of boats was limited this week due to some poor weather; however, there were still several rainbow trout and chinook salmon caught. There were also reports of a couple of brown trout and lake trout, along with two coho salmon. Weights of the rainbow trout ranged from about 3-12 pounds, while the chinook salmon had a larger weight range of 1.5-22 pounds. Fish were caught in water depths ranging anywhere from 20-270 feet on spoons, flasher flies, and j-plugs.

Ozaukee County - Fishing pressure remained low throughout the week due to poor weather conditions. A music festival took place at the Coal Dock Park along the south pier over the weekend, so only a couple of fishermen were observed on the north pier. Most of the success was reported from boaters as success off of the piers and harbor area remains rare. Sauk Creek water levels were low and will need to rise for fish to come in farther. No catches were reported off the piers or shoreline this week; however, three chinook salmon, three brown trout, one rainbow trout, and one coho salmon were caught off the utility area on Sunday, Sept. 3. Two of the three chinook salmon were small and thrown back, but the one that was kept weighed about five pounds. The brown trout weighed on average 9 pounds. All catches were made on spawn sacs, and most other anglers were using spoons. The surface temperature of the water was 63 degrees. Success off the boats was hit or miss with some boaters catching a couple of fish and others returning to the ramp with none. Mainly chinook salmon were caught, along with some rainbow trout, two coho salmon, one brown trout, and one lake trout. Catches were reportedly made in water depths ranging from 135-280 feet mainly on spoons, although some were also made on flasher flies and dipsy divers.

Racine County - Two king salmon and one steelhead were reported caught from the pier this week. The two kings were caught in the early morning and a 3/4 ounce white and blue glow wobbler spoon. The steelhead was reported caught on a blue and chrome 1/2 ounce spoon. The water temperature was 66 degrees. One brown trout was reported caught from the shore this week. The angler caught the trout on a blue/chrome cleo spoon. The water temperature was 68 degrees. The Root River is currently flowing at 16.9 cfs. The water is extremely clear and very low. No fish were reported caught this week and very few anglers fished the river this week. Upstream of the steelhead facility only two anglers were fishing above the facility this week. They did not report catching any fish.

Kenosha County - An angler casting in the harbor reported catching one steelhead on a white tube jig. One king salmon was reported caught from the pier this week. The angler caught the king salmon on a blue tiger crank bait at night. The water temperature was 65 degrees. Two brown trout and three king salmon were reported caught from the shore this week. The brown trout were caught on a white tube jig under a bobber. The three king salmon were caught on a 1/2 ounce glow spoon, a 3/4 ounce blue/chrome wobbler spoon, and a 1/2 ounce green/chrome spoon.



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Elk / Elk Mating Season
« on: September 07, 2017, 05:45:37 PM »
Elk Mating Season
Cow and calf groups are being approached by bulls for the start of the mating season. Elk calves are weaned though they nurse from time to time if mom allows. Young bulls have rubbed off their velvet and are polishing and the older bulls have begun to rub off velvet. Bulls are starting to bugle. The biggest bull elk in the area is currently with cows. Bears are visiting bear baits placed by hunters for the bear hunting season that began Sept. 6. Connors Lake Campground is closed for the season. Lake of the Pines Campground is open. The weather forecast for the weekend calls for Friday to be sunny with a high of 67 and low of 53, Saturday has a chance of showers with a high of 71 and low of 51, and Sunday, mostly sunny with a high of 75 and a low of 53 and finally Monday, will be mostly sunny with a high of 71 and low of 47. The Singing Forest, 2017 Elk Bugling: Get up early on Sept. 15 and accompany the DNR assistant elk biologist, Josh Spiegel, as he checks for bugling bull elk in the forest. Maybe, we will see or hear one! Learn about WI Elk Management. Join us at 6 a.m. at the FRSF Headquarters. To RSVP and more information call the FRSF office at 715-332-5271 ext. 101 or 111. Be sure to RSVP. - Diane Stowell, forestry technician advanced and visitor services associate


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Birding, Bird Watching / Wisconsin Statewide Birding Report
« on: September 07, 2017, 05:41:05 PM »
Wisconsin Statewide Birding Report

Ah, September, the month second only to May on most birders' calendars. Peak migration, birds coming, birds going. The month when every day lends promise of new birds, when every oriole you see may be the last, and you marvel at species you haven't seen since spring. This year's first week of September lived up to hype.
After common nighthawks staged what was perhaps their last good flight on September 3, northerly winds ushered in many migrants thereafter. Among them were the first flocks of northern Canada geese heading south in their classic "V" formations overhead. Birders reported some sandhill cranes taking advantage of the same winds to depart the state. Raptor migration is also underway. Early season flights are typically dominated by broad-winged and sharp-shinned hawks, American kestrels, bald eagles, ospreys, and a smattering of others.

On the ground, warbler watching was excellent at many locations statewide this week. Look for peak numbers and diversity in the week ahead. The same can be said for thrushes, especially Swainson's, our most common migrant. Oriole numbers have dropped, while hummingbird numbers are at or just past peak. Red-breasted nuthatches and purple finches are on the move, as are some pine siskins and red crossbills, especially across the north. Notable arrivals from the north include ruby-crowned kinglet, American pipit, Bonaparte's gulls and horned grebe. Also telling of the season are building numbers of palm warblers and sparrows, such as Lincoln's and white-throated. Shorebird migration is largely waning. Diversity remains good but numbers are down overall. Sanderlings, American golden-plovers, Baird's sandpiper, willets, short-billed dowitchers, and lesser yellowlegs were a few of the species found.

Rarities spotted this week include Nelson's sparrow, parasitic jaeger, and possible neotropic cormorant in Ozaukee County, red-necked phalarope in Dodge, possible red knot in Kenosha, and a yellow-crowned night-heron photographed in La Crosse. Help us track the migration and find out what others are seeing at www.ebird.org/wi. Good birding! - Ryan Brady, Bureau of Wildlife Management research scientist, Ashland



What palm warblers lack in color they make up for with personality. Look for this late-season warbler on the ground or in low shrubs as it persistently bobs its tail and gives chip notes while searching for insect prey.

Photo Credit: Ryan Brady

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Gun Shows / Eau Claire Gun Show @ Menards Expo Center
« on: September 07, 2017, 09:57:55 AM »
October 20, 21 & 22 ~ 2017
Eau Claire Gun Show @ Menards Expo Center
Friday 3-8, Saturday 9-5 & Sunday 9-3 / Admission $7 ~ Vendor Fee $45/8' Table - (450 Tables)
5150 Old Mill Center, Eau Claire, WI

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Gun Shows / Antigo Ice Arena Gun Show
« on: September 07, 2017, 09:53:16 AM »
October 6, 7 & 8 ~ 2017
Antigo Ice Arena Gun Show
Friday 3-8, Saturday 9-5 & Sunday 9-3 / Admission $6 ~ Vendor Fee $40/8' Table - (250 Tables)
1633 Neva Rd. - Antigo, WI

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Gun Shows / Union Grove Gun Show @ Racine County Fairgrounds
« on: September 07, 2017, 09:51:32 AM »
September 29, 30 & October 1 ~ 2017
Union Grove Gun Show @ Racine County Fairgrounds
Friday 3-8, Saturday 9-5 & Sunday 9-3 / Admission $6 ~ Vendor Fee $40/8' Table - (250 Tables)
19805 Durard Ave, Union Grove, WI

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Gun Shows / Waukesha Expo Forum Gun Show
« on: September 07, 2017, 09:46:55 AM »
September 15, 16 & 17 ~ 2017
Waukesha Expo Forum Gun Show
Friday 3-8, Saturday 9-5 & Sunday 9-3 / Admission $7 ~ Vendor Fee $45/8' Table - (300 Tables)
1000 Northview Rd, Waukesha, WI 53188

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Great Lakes Fishing / Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report
« on: September 06, 2017, 04:02:46 PM »
Milwaukee, Fishing Kings And Huge Coho!!

By Milwaukee Wisconsin fishing charter Capt. Jim Hirt

Lake Michigan Salmon Fishing Report 9/6/2017 Hello all thank you for reading my reports. Zach Britten joins a long list of happy anglers with a humongous Chinook weighing in at 25 pounds 2 ounce and 38.25 inches. Join us in Milwaukee! To get my fish reports and how to videos first go to http://www.jimhirt.com By subscribing you will keep ahead of the other anglers. When I post you will get it fast!


How

The fishing Was good all week We are finding pockets of colder water and schools of baitfish in 100 to 180 feet of water. The temp break was down 80 feet to 51 degrees. A east to west troll worked best for us. The currents have been strong at times so watch your Depth Raider or downrigger cables. The blow back on your weights will tell you what’s going on down there. Chinook numbers were up this last week with some large Lake Trout also active 120 down. The big surprise was huge Coho. We haven’t seen good numbers on this size Coho for a number of years. Chinooks went for Magnum Reaper spoons in blue/silver or green/silver. White or green Howie’s flies also working well run behind a white flasher. The big 20 pounds plus Chinooks were again part of the catch. Wire divers 3 set with 200 feet of line out was the ticket for Coho. We also had some excellent days fishing them in the warm water with spoons or flies. Downriggers on the bottom with size 0 dodgers and Spin n Glows are taking the Lakers. Reapers and Vulcans made by http://www.badgertackle.com have been working for us. The small silver Vulcan in green or blue has also been good on the lead cores for exciting Rainbows. I hope this helps. Slide Diver are producing with #3 silver J plugs set at 2 with small ring. Run them 70 feet of line out 70 behind the diver .

Lake Trout action was a big part of our catch all week on magnum spoons 100 to 130 down.

Brown Trout action was just ok on the bottom small spoons. One here and there.

Rainbow Trout were slow hitting Vulcan Dolphin Green and Silver spoons in the top 40 feet.

Coho caused a lot of excitement and became a regular part of the catch. Most of them came 80 down on Magnum Reapers Fish N Chips spoons.

Speed

For all fish speed has been very critical with the warmer 72 degree water. The temp break to 52 is down 75 feet. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed and temp at the ball. The boat speed of 2.2 to 2.6 has been best. The faster speed triggered the Chinook action.

Where!

Bait fish are in 80 to 120 I fished anywhere from 100 to out over 180 feet. Follow the temperatures and fish the zone. Near shore action on McKinley pier continues very slow with only a few Browns being caught. Head due east and set lines in 100 feet. Troll east have a great fishing season. Let's go fishing! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2017, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved.


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