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Birding, Bird Watching / Explore Minnesota Birding Update
« Last post by mudbrook on August 11, 2017, 09:00:42 AM »
This is your monthly Explore Minnesota Birding Update.  Happy birding!

August Nature Notes

Despite being in the midst of summer, some birds are already preparing to migrate to their wintering grounds. Waterfowl are testing their wings. Some young are flying for the very first time, and the adults are flying once again following their molt -- they have been unable to fly since mid-June! Sandhill crane families are emerging from nesting marshlands, feeding heavily in nearby hayfields and grasslands. Shorebirds are beginning to migrate, and can be seen in groups in shallow wetlands and mudflats. Watch for piping plover, glossy ibis, little blue heron, and least tern. And purple martins, the largest of the swallow family, are starting to gather. All of these early fall migrants must spend additional time feeding in order to store fat reserves for their impending migrations.

Did You Know?

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are also feeding more often as they attempt to store extra fat for their long journeys south. Ruby-throated hummingbirds travel individually, and the males leave earlier than the females to secure wintering territories. This is a good time to set out additional feeders. If you keep them full, you will be rewarded with greater numbers of resident and migratory bird species.

Audubon just released the top 100 bird photos chosen from thousands of images submitted for the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards. Check out these stunning images and discover the stories behind them.

Upcoming Birding Events

Aug. 4, Houston
International Owl Awareness Day
The International Owl Center will host a free open house, complete with owl-themed refreshments and programs for different audiences. Enjoy the Owls and Us Game Show, Owl Detectives, and Owls Through the Ages.

Aug. 5, Elba
Owl Prowl
Most of us are unfamiliar with the elusive creatures known as owls. Learn how to identify owls, then go "prowling" for owls using your new owling skills. Whitewater State Park. 507-932-3007

Aug. 6, Altura/east of North Branch
The Migration Game
Join the naturalist at the St. Croix Lodge and play a giant migration board game. Learn about the challenges faced by migratory birds and see if you can survive the journey. St. Croix State Park. 320-384-6591

Aug. 6 & 18, Taylors Falls
Bird Basics: Investigation Station
Soar into the world of our feathered friends as you discover what makes each bird unique, then take a bird walk with an identification guide to practice your new skills. Interstate State Park. 651-465-5711

Aug. 16 & 23, Battle Lake
Nature Explorations: Birds and Blooms
The prairie is bursting with color this time of year. Take a walk along colorful trails filled with flowers, and view the birds that benefit from the shelter and food these plants provide. Glendalough State Park. 218-864-0110

Aug. 19, Henderson
Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah
Celebrate the ruby-throated hummingbird and learn all about these tiny birds, how to attract them, and keep them coming back. A licensed hummingbird bander will catch and band birds, allowing you to see them up close. There will also be garden tours, speakers, book signing sessions, children's activities, and a Hummingbird Mall. Don't forget to bring your camera! 507-665-6570

Aug. 20, Red Wing
Cannon River Bottoms Bird Hike
Hike a productive but little known state forest trail near Red Wing. Birds often seen along this trail include acadian flycatcher, scarlet tanager, cerulean warbler, ovenbird, wood thrush and yellow-billed cuckoo. Cannon River Bottoms. 612-978-3993

Aug. 25, Duluth
Migration: Who's Moving Now?
Explore the only Minnesota pine forest on Lake Superior's sand dunes. This site is the perfect place to witness early bird migration, especially shorebirds. Bring binoculars if you have them, or borrow a pair from the guide. Minnesota Point Pine Forest Scientific & Natural Area. 218-525-0001, 218-753-2580

Aug. 26, St. Paul
Birding For Beginners
Join the naturalist for a birding hike and learn about the basic techniques of bird identification. Binoculars are provided. Fort Snelling State Park. 612-725-2724

Sept. 2-4, Warroad
Northwestern Minnesota Birding Weekend
Expect to see roughly 150 bird species when visiting sites in and around Roseau County such as the Roseau River and Thief Lake wildlife management areas, the migrant traps along the Warroad waterfront and Springsteel Island, and the always productive sewage ponds in Warroad, Roseau and Greenbush.

Rare Bird Alerts and Recent Sightings

On Aug. 1, a blue grosbeak was found by Gerlad Hoekstra near the Flying Cloud Airport. These birds are considered "rare regulars" in Hennepin County in the summer season.

On July 30, a white-breasted nuthatch was found by Allan Meadows near Rainy Lake. White-breasted nuthatches are considered "uncommon" in Koochiching County in the summer season.

A Le Conte's sparrow was observed by Marsha Shuff on July 23 near the town of Littlefork. Le Conte's sparrows are classified as "uncommon" in Koochiching County in the summer.


Check the Duluth/North Shore Rare Bird Alert and the Northwest Minnesota/Detroit Lakes Rare Bird Alert for other recent bird sightings.
Birding, Bird Watching / WI Statewide Birding Report
« Last post by mudbrook on August 11, 2017, 08:50:44 AM »
WI Statewide Birding Report

Like it or not, it's late summer, and that means nesting season is winding down. Bird song is minimal now, family groups are dispersing more widely, and many adult birds have become more secretive as they initiate feather molt (replacement) in preparation for the migration season. In the north, look for mixed foraging flocks of warblers, vireos, grosbeaks, finches, and other species, often in the company of vocal groups of black-capped chickadees. Farther south birders are noting building congregations of blackbirds, swallows, and chimney swifts. Ruby-throated hummingbirds and their fledged young are ramping up feeder activity, while area wetlands remain active with bitterns, herons, egrets, pelicans, rails, coots, and local waterfowl species like blue-winged teal, wood ducks, and mallards.

Shorebirds continue to dominate migration news, though numbers and diversity have been below average so far this year. Horicon Marsh has sporadically provided some good viewing conditions wherever mudflats occur, as have other flooded fields and drying shallow wetlands in portions of southeast Wisconsin. The Lake Michigan shore is also a place to watch for sanderlings, ruddy turnstones, and other small shorebird species like least, semipalmated, and Baird's sandpipers. Away from the water, some bobolinks, warblers, and flycatchers are on the move now. A notable influx of pine siskins has occurred in northwest Wisconsin as well. Look for common nighthawks to being their migration over the next week, peaking in late August and early September. Rarities spotted this week included a scissor-tailed flycatcher briefly seen in Rock County, adult male rufous hummingbird and female long-tailed duck in Door, up to 38 cattle egrets in Calumet, Franklin's gull in Ashland, blue grosbeak continuing in Sauk, and the season's first buff-breasted sandpipers unexpectedly photographed in Price. As always, report your sightings and find out what others are seeing at Good birding! - Ryan Brady, Bureau of Wildlife Management research scientist, Ashland
General Hunting Dog topics / Hunting Dog Killed in Sawyer County
« Last post by mudbrook on August 11, 2017, 08:47:20 AM »

Hunting Dog Killed in Sawyer County

Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a Redtick Hound on 07/22/17.  The attack occurred in Hunter Township, Sawyer County.  More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage.

Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (, keyword "wolf depredation") to help reduce conflicts.
General Hunting Dog topics / Hunting Dog Killed in Washburn County
« Last post by mudbrook on August 11, 2017, 08:45:45 AM »
Hunting Dog Killed in Washburn County

Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a Bluetick Hound on 08/02/17.  The attack occurred in the Town of Minong, Washburn County.  More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage.

Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (, keyword "wolf depredation") to help reduce conflicts.
Great Lakes Fishing / Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report
« Last post by mudbrook on August 11, 2017, 08:43:46 AM »
Milwaukee, Mixed Bag Continues!

By Milwaukee Wisconsin fishing charter Capt. Jim Hirt

Lake Michigan Salmon Fishing Report 7/24/2017! Join us in Milwaukee! To get my fish reports and how to videos first go to By subscribing you will keep ahead of the other anglers. When I post you will get it fast!


Mixed bag all week. Hot and cold action this past week has lead to inconsistent catches. We still had lots of fun. Chinooks and Coho numbers were down the last two days with Lake Trout picking up the slack. We have good days and difficult days. Chinooks went for Magnum Reaper Peacock spoons in blue/silver. White or green Howie’s flies also working well run behind a white flasher. The big Chinooks are a guess however we 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 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 some what improved all week on magnum spoons on the bottom.

Brown Trout action was just ok on 2 color lead core with small spoons. One here and there.

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


For all fish speed has been very critical with the warmer 68 degree water. The temp break to 53 is down 100 feet. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed and temp at the ball. The boat speed of 2.0 to 2.2 has been best. The faster speed triggered the Chinook action.


I fished anywhere from 70 to out over 150 feet. Follow the temperatures and fish the zone. Near shore action on McKinley pier has been very slow with only a few Browns being caught. Head north in Whitefish Bay and set lines in 80 feet. Troll north east have a great fishing season. Let's go fishing! Note We are offering an extra hour for $35 when added to a five hour fishing charter. Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at Copyright© 2017, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved.


Wisconsin Fishing / Minocqua area fishing report
« Last post by mudbrook on August 11, 2017, 08:40:41 AM »
Minocqua Area Fishing Report

Summertime patterns forming, late, but better late than never.
Largemouth Bass:  Very Good-Excellent – Action, size and lots of variety for fishing style.  Square lipped and lipless cranks as well as spinnerbaits over weed tops.  Pre-rigged plastic, chatterbaits and 3” swimbaits also working in same areas.  Heat has increased top-water activity with very good plastic frog action as well as tail baits (sm. Whopper Ploppers) and prop baits.  Wacky Worming, Dingers and Senkos also doing well.
Smallmouth Bass:  Very Good – Summer haunts, deep gravel/rock humps and deep coontail edges.  Tube jigs, drop-shotting and Carolina rigging creature baits.  Some very nice fish in the 19-21” range.
Yellow Perch:  Very Good – Loving the heat.  Sand grass flats and drowned wood.  ½ crawlers, medium leeches and medium fatheads.
Crappie:  Good –  Weed tops of narrow leaf cabbage in 10 – 12’.  Two inch twisters on 1/32 oz jigs, small beetle spins, #0 Mepps worked just at weed tops.
Bluegill:  Very Good – Work suspended Gills along deep coontail edges using tiny 1” tubes, Mini-Mites or just a small leech or worm.  Nice Gills with reports of 7 – 9” common.
Northern Pike:  Good-Very Good – Fast moving blade baits (Boonies, Booyah) as well as chatterbaits.  Swimbaits worked quickly in the 4 – 4 1/2 “ size.
Walleye:  Fair-Improving  –  Deep bites best at dusk on humps of 18 – 28’ using big crawlers and leeches.  Lighted slip-bobbers after dark with the biggest leeches you can find.
Musky:  Fair-Good – Mixed reports on top-water baits as well as big bladed bucktails.
With surface water temps cracking 80 degrees (84+ on some Flowages) metabolism on fish high.  Fish will chase now, so don’t be afraid to fish fast!
Kurt Justice
Kurt’s Island Sport Shop
Birding, Bird Watching / Wisconsin Statewide Birding Report
« Last post by mudbrook on July 28, 2017, 08:43:06 AM »
Statewide Birding Report

In the bird world, and now the calendar as well, summer is firmly here. Many birds are in the heart of their nesting season -- males singing vigorously to announce their territories while females take up the bulk of duty incubating eggs. By late June many of these nests host tiny, fast-growing young, meaning adults can often be seen carrying food in their beaks and chipping with agitation when potential threats, like us, get too close. Our earliest-nesting species are even fledging young now, including killdeer, American robins, eastern bluebirds, eastern phoebes, wood ducks, starlings, ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, and more. The nesting season is a critical time for many birds, especially our rarer species, which makes stories like these on the peregrine falcon and whooping crane (exit DNR) all the more pleasing.
Dickcissels invade the state
Dickcissels are being seen in good numbers across the state.
Dickcissels are being seen in good numbers across the state.
Photo Credit: Ryan Brady
Making the biggest splash this month, however, is a sparrow-like bird of grasslands known as the dickcissel. Though common in the plains south and west of Wisconsin each year, their numbers vary here annually, perhaps related to poor, drought-induced habitat conditions in their typical core range. Well, this year is a great one for dickcissels in Wisconsin -- the best since 2012 -- so perhaps visit your favorite patch of grassland, pasture, or weedy field to look and listen for this showy species.
Feeders slow? Don't despair
A final note on breeding season -- you may have noticed your feeders haven't been getting much action of late. That's pretty typical for this time of year. Natural food sources are plentiful, adult birds are busy feeding young, and nestlings generally require insects not seeds, all leading to less feeder use. That should change some come July, however, as families of grosbeaks, buntings, finches, chickadees, woodpeckers, orioles, and other species resume their feeder visits, often with youngsters in tow. And don't forget to offer a shallow water source, which often attracts more species this time of year than feeders do.
Rarities and reporting
The week's best find was no doubt a buff-bellied hummingbird seen briefly and photographed in Ozaukee county, marking a first state record of this species that typically nests from south Texas into Mexico. You never know what you might find this time of year so be sure to report all of your sightings to Wisconsin eBird at Good birding! - Ryan Brady, Bureau of Wildlife Management research scientist, Ashland

Wisconsin DNR Outdoor Reports and News / Complete WDNR Outdoor Report 7.27.17
« Last post by mudbrook on July 28, 2017, 08:41:23 AM »
WDNR Outdoor Report as of July 27, 2017
Rain soaked major portions of the state for yet another week, with much concentrated in the southwestern region. This has kept area lakes and rivers high and flowing water moving fast. Several properties in the southwest are still dealing with storm damage. Badger State Trail has some closed sections and areas with standing water. The Sugar River State Trail is usable but needs resurfacing at various locations. Mountain bike trails remain closed at Blue Mound and horse trails and the horse camp at Wildcat Mountain remain closed. All roads have reopened at Wyalusing and Nelson Dewey state parks, but some trails in both parks remain closed.
Fishing pressure waxed and waned with the weather this past week. Northern pike, bass and musky continue to be caught on the Flambeau River. Anglers on inland lakes have been reporting success for panfish, bass and walleyes.
Anglers were out in force though the weekend on Green Bay many brought out by a walleye tournament. Walleye fishing was relatively consistent, with most boats catching at least a couple fish. The bass bite has slowed along Door County with the best success coming from piers, but perch anglers were having some luck over the past week with most boats harvesting more than 10 fish for half a day’s trip. Trout and salmon fishing was beginning to pick up off Marinette on the west shore of the bay but trout and salmon off the Door County side were struggling to find fish.
On Lake Michigan salmon fishing had been good early week but has since tapered off with changing winds and fronts moving through the area. A salmon tournament also brought out a lot of anglers over the weekend with various levels of success. Reports from southeast harbors indicate pressure fishing was relatively low due to poor weather conditions at times. Mainly rainbow trout and chinook salmon were caught, along with some coho salmon, a few lake trout, and two brown trout.
And while it is the middle of summer it’s also time to think about spearing through the ice next winter: the deadline to apply for an Upriver Lakes Sturgeon Spearing license is quickly approaching on August 1. Spearing permits will be allotted to 500 applicants for the February 2018 season.
Some young wildlife, such as songbirds, are becoming more independent, while others, like fawns, continue to spend time with mom. Young Canada geese are beginning to test out their new flight feathers and swallows are flocking up. Some shorebird species are beginning their migration.
Prairie wildflowers are in bloom, including black-eyed-Susans, goldenrod, compass plant, cup plant, yellow and purple coneflower, rattlesnake master, blazing star, bergamot and sunflower. Blueberries are still in swing, with raspberries and blackberries ripening.
The public is reporting numerous sightings of sphinx moths. All sphinx moths are fast, powerful fliers. Sphinx moths that forage during the day are often seen hovering at flowers in the act of gathering nectar and may be mistaken for hummingbirds or bumblebees.
If you are interested in being more involved with deer management, various counties are still looking for qualified individuals to serve as stakeholder representatives on their local County Deer Advisory Councils.
This is the last weekend to see Shakespeare in the Parks with workshops and performances of “The Comedy of Errors” at Lakeshore State Park Friday, Kohler-Andrae on Saturday and Pike Lake on Sunday.

Wildfire Report
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fire control program is assisting in western suppression and protection efforts. Three fire engines staffed with three operators per unit, are headed to Lame Deer, Montana near the Cheyenne Indian Reservation and will be assisting in initial attack operations while local resources continue to be exhausted with steady fire activity. In addition, seven firefighters are also en route to aid in fire suppression efforts in British Columbia, Canada through an agreement Wisconsin has with Ontario and the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact. - Jolene Ackerman, wildland urban interface coordinator, Madison

Statewide Birding Report

 - Ryan Brady, Bureau of Wildlife Management research scientist, Ashland

Upcoming State Natural Area Workday
Observatory Hill: July 29, 9 a.m. - noon. A large-scale restoration is taking place here and new gaps in the canopy have been created. Native seed has been spread, but invasives like Japanese hedge parsley are threatening to take over. We will remove hedge parsley to encourage native plants to fill in the gaps. Bring a bag lunch to eat afterwards. No skills needed you will be trained onsite.
Check the State Natural Areas Volunteer Program page of the DNR website for details. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane

Northern Region

Superior DNR Service Center area
Brule River State Forest - It has truly felt like summer this week, temperatures have been in the mid-80s, but the nights have cooled off to make for comfortable sleeping. Some rain has kept the river flow just above normal for this time of year, and at a perfect level for canoeing and kayaking. Anglers are reporting some lake-run brown trout are in the lower stretches of the river. Late July and early August is when fishing generally starts picking up. Campgrounds continue to be busy on the weekends, but are quiet during the weekdays. If you prefer to camp spur-of-the-moment, about half of the sites are first-come, first served. Looking ahead, there are very few Labor Day weekend reservations--so make plans for that end of summer camping trip. The public has a final opportunity to review and comment on proposed revisions to the master plan for the Brule River State Forest that proposes additional recreational opportunities for the property. Plan revisions include expanding the popular Afterhours ski area, including additional miles and developments, additional remote campsites along Lake Superior and the Brule River, and a small number of electric campsites. The revised draft Brule River State Forest master plan and associated documents are available for review on the DNR website by searching keywords "master planning," and clicking on the link for Brule River State Forest. The documents will also be available during a public open office scheduled at Brule River State Forest Ranger Station, 6250 South Ranger Road, Brule, on August 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and August 3 from 2 to 8 p.m. A 21-day public comment period runs through August 14, 2017. People can submit comments online, by email or by mail. Documents, maps, and contact information is available on the Brule River State Forest master planning web page. Following this final public review of the Brule River State Forest Master Plan, a draft revised master plan will be presented to the state Natural Resources Board for consideration and approval. - Diane Gobin, visitor services associate

Park Falls DNR Service Center area
Flambeau River State Forest - Anglers continue to have success fishing the Flambeau River for musky, walleye, northern pike and bass. The water levels are moderate. Eaglets are fledging, jewelweed pods are ripening, blueberries and raspberries are ripe. Milkweed is blooming and so is basswood. Yellow and white water lilies are blooming in ditches and ponds. The lavender colored pickerel weed is also blooming. Horse flies and mosquitoes are out, so be prepared. The dragonflies are filling up on those pesky mosquitoes. Grouse coveys are being seen. The weather forecast for the weekend calls for Saturday to be sunny with a high of 80 and a low of 58, and Sunday, will be mostly sunny with a high of 80 and a low of 59. Monday will be mostly sunny with a high near 82 and a low of 58. This weekend there will be a Campfire Cookout at Connors Picnic Area on at July 29 at noon. Staff will be demonstrating how to cook different foods over a campfire and coals, and you can enjoy the results. - Diane Stowell, forestry technician advanced and visitor services associate - Judy Freeman, visitor services associate

Woodruff DNR Service Center area
Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - If you are a berry picker, you probably already know that the blueberries are ripe, raspberries are starting, and strawberries are just about done! The lavenders of fireweed, milkweed and bergamot are adding to the summer pallet of colors of the summer wildflowers. Primrose and compass plant are also starting to show their lovely yellow flowers. Most birdsongs are absent except for the lovely evening song of the hermit thrush, and don’t forget the hum of those mosquitos! The big white water lilies are a sure rest stop for dragonflies, and the horse and deer flies will pester you while out swimming. Water levels in area lakes and rivers are still high providing many boating and paddling opportunities. - Rosalie Richter, visitor services associate

Northeast Region

Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report

Marinette County - Fishing the lower section to the mouth of the Peshtigo River has been producing drum, catfish, smallmouth and a few walleye both trolling and fishing on bottom with live bait. Reports of some very nice brown trout being caught out by the trout bar have been confirmed with one brown weighting 18 pounds. Anglers are fishing in about 40 feet of water crisscrossing the bar. Green has been a very productive color. Anglers on the Menominee River have been catching walleye, drum, catfish, and smallmouth bass from shore and from boats. Shore anglers are generally using live bait fished on bottom while boaters are both trolling live and stick baits and casting spinners and plastics. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Oconto County - Panfish and smallmouth bass are still being caught below the dam at Stiles on the Oconto River. Live bait has been working the best. The lower portion of the Oconto River has been producing some very nice catfish, smallmouth and drum. Live bait, spinners, and plastics have been working well. The perch and walleye bite from the mouth of the Pensaukee River to Oconto Park II has been slow although a few reports of walleye being caught out of the mouth of the Oconto River trolling with crawler/harness have been heard. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Off Geano Beach, fishing pressure was very high Saturday July 22 likely due to the walleye tournament taking place on Sunday. As for fishing, anglers found a pretty consistent bite on average bringing in about 2-3 keeper sized walleyes for the dinner table. Along with the keeper sized fish anglers were still reporting catching good numbers of short fish (less than 15 inches). This is a good sign of things to come in the future. Most anglers were using crawler harnesses and running up to Pensaukee shoal. Other fish caught were: freshwater drum, white bass, white perch, channel catfish, and yellow perch. - Derek Apps, fisheries technician, Green Bay

Brown County - Near Bayshore Park, fishing for walleye the past week has been relatively consistent. Most boats found themselves catching at least a couple fish for a half days trip. Around half the boats interviewed harvested fish. Only a few boats were fishing for perch out of Bayshore this week and they didn’t have much luck. As always the freshwater drum bite has been hot and anglers were catching plenty of them. Anglers also caught white perch, white bass, and catfish while out fishing for walleye. Anglers from shore were having a tough week hooking into anything. The parking lot averaged about 20-25 trailers at 1:00 pm throughout the week each day. - Adam Garlie, fisheries technician, Green Bay

On the Suamico River, fishing pressure was very high Saturday July 22 due to the upcoming tournament the next day. Walleye anglers reported having some success and bringing home an average of two to three fish per boat. Anglers were running crawler harnesses out with mixed success. Other species caught were freshwater drum, yellow perch, white bass, white perch, and channel catfish. On the Fox River, anglers targeting smallmouth were having no success likely due to the high water temperatures, around 81 degrees at the surface. - Derek Apps, fisheries technician, Green Bay

Door County - Anglers were out in force though the weekend, with most reporting limited success regardless of the species sought. Anglers fishing with live bait, in particular leaches on small dark jig heads, found constant success with smallmouth bass off their piers at Rowleys Bay and Ephraim. Smallmouth bass anglers also found limited success from docks in Peninsula Park and the Egg Harbor Marina. Unfortunately for individuals targeting chinook and steelhead the bite decreased dramatically during the second part of the week. This left anglers from Ellison Bay to Baileys Harbor struggling to find fish in all depths of water over the weekend. This dramatic change can be linked shifting winds and fronts moving through the area. Anglers that were successful with both steelheads and chinook reported that they had the best luck with brightly colored spoons. Anglers reported that water temperatures changed significantly during the week, with temperatures ranging from 60 to 53 degrees in 55 feet of water. - Lydia Doerr, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

At Chaudoir’s Dock, walleye fishing has been inconsistent over the past week with some boats hooking into 25 or more fish while others struggled to land a fish. Walleyes harvested were from 17-25 inches long. Drum were biting hard and anglers were having a tough time keeping them off their lines. There has also been an increase in the number of white perch caught over the past week while out fishing for walleye. Other fish caught included catfish and white bass. Off Little Sturgeon Bay, bass fishing has died down considerably over the past week. Those who did go out for bass caught between two to 20 fish for half a day’s trip. A few anglers bass fishing also landed a northern pike or two. Perch anglers were having some luck over the past week with most boats harvesting more than 10 fish for half a day’s trip. The perch anglers also hit pockets of small panfish while out on the water. The round goby catch has decreased but is still present when jigging with live bait. At Sawyer Harbor, the perch fishing has been consistent. Every boat that was fishing for them found at least ten and had at least three for the freezer. A few fish were measured and had lengths around nine inches. Bass fishing is slow, most boats are only catching a few fish, but occasionally there was a group that would catch 15-plus bass for half a day’s trip. Anglers would also catch freshwater drum, white bass, white perch, catfish and round goby while out. - Adam Garlie, fisheries technician, Green Bay

Kewaunee County - Salmon fishing was good early week but has since tapered off with changing winds and fronts moving through the area. The 150-200 feet of water range was producing fish but in the last few days anglers have had very limited success. Surface temperatures from Kewaunee up to the Bank are in the mid 60s. There seems to be cold water 50-plus feet down but the salmon don’t seem to be hungry. Many anglers have been out fishing longer hours than normal for the KD tournament with little to no success. Perch action in the canal has been decent with the occasional angler getting a 15 fish limit. They sort through a lot of small fish but 10- to 11-inch perch are being caught. Anglers have had success on worms, minnows and bugs. - Benjamin Thome, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

Manitowoc County - The bite out of Manitowoc and Two Rivers wasn’t exactly hot over the past week. Most days the fishing was slow to the extent that bringing in two fish was a very successful trip. Days of easterly winds ensured that the water miles out from shore stayed near a balmy 70 degrees at the surface. Anglers using temperature probes did report that the water 50-60 feet below the surface cooled slowly over the course of the week, with some finding water in the mid to upper-40s. Many of the fish that came in were 5-6 pound rainbows, with chinooks coming in second place. Although not many chinooks were caught, a good number of them were in the mid to upper-teens in weight. Successful presentations this week were dominated by spoons. Most anglers reported catching close to all their fish on spoons of varying colors. Chinooks seemed to be hitting any color, when they were active, and rainbows were hitting on bright orange as well as green. Most anglers fished from about 90 to 140 feet of water and got chinooks down 40-100 feet, and rainbows were coming on a mix of deeper presentations or lures run higher in the water (with planer boards or lead core). The anglers that came in with the most fish throughout the week said that their successes were largely attributed to finding slightly cooler water which was much more likely to hold fish. Others just happened to come upon groups of fish that were active, with no apparent reason as to why they were there. Some anglers could troll back through waypoints and get hits, and some wouldn’t get another hit after going through one flurry of activity. Pier anglers are also having a rough go of things, as the water is only warmer closer to shore. Many almost-daily anglers find themselves leaving with a box of freshly-washed lures and nothing more. The occasional sheepshead or carp is caught and just as promptly returned to the water, but no trout or salmon have been reported this week. A few days of strong westerly winds looks to be about the only thing that may change the success of many anglers, as warm water temps seem to be the primary culprit behind slow fishing. - Jacob Steckmesser, fisheries technician, Mishicot

Peshtigo DNR Service Center area

Marinette County - The rivers in Marinette County are beginning to recede, but more rain and storms are in the short-term forecast. The Bay of Green Bay remains high and the boat landing at the end of Harbor Road at the mouth of the Peshtigo River has had a large pile of sand deposited on the ramp. Users with 4X4 trucks are able to launch, but other users may want to use another landing until the sand can be removed. Trout and salmon fishing has begun to pick up a bit on the bay. Inland lakes remain high too, but varieties of fish are being caught. Nice weather over the weekend saw a large number of tubers floating various stretches of the Peshtigo River. Mosquitos and ticks remain at tolerable levels; although, some spots may require you to use bug spray. The first monarch caterpillars showed up on milkweed in the Crivitz area. Blazing star, bergamot, sunflowers, and many other plants are blooming in open areas. Butterfly weed and other milkweeds have begun to form seed pods. A very interesting plant, Indian pipe (aka Ghost Plant), is flowering now too. This tall white plant draws its energy from a fungus that grows on neighboring tree roots rather than creating its own through photosynthesis! - Aaron McCullough, wildlife technician, Wausaukee

Green Bay DNR Service Center area
Manitowoc County - It is looking like it will be a beautiful dry weekend ahead of us for those living and visiting in Manitowoc County. Anglers have been reporting success on various fish throughout the county. I have seen panfish, bass, and walleyes caught this past week. Water levels still remain much higher than this time last year. For those visiting from out of the area or locals looking to see pelicans - Collins Marsh and some of the rest stops along Lake Michigan on Memorial Drive in Manitowoc have had a number of pelicans that can be seen along the water. If you are hiking or biking along the trails in the county bring along bug spray as mosquitoes and horse flies are out and about. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying the great outdoors! - Alyssa Neff-Miller, conservation warden, Mishicot

Oshkosh DNR Service Center area
The deadline for applying for an Upriver Lakes Sturgeon Spearing license is quickly approaching on August 1. Interested applicants can either apply for a permit in the lottery drawing or can purchase a preference point. Spearing permits will be allotted to 500 applicants who will have to purchase their spearing license by October 31, 2017. The 2018 sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes will begin on Saturday February 10, 2018. - Ryan Koenigs, fisheries biologist

Southeast Region
Milwaukee County - Young wild animals are traveling with mom or on their own throughout the county, and most songbirds have fledglings outside the nest. If you see a young wild animal you think is injured, visit the DNR webpage and search keyword “Keep Wildlife Wild” to decide what to do, or search keyword “rehab” to find a local wildlife rehabilitator. Remember that most young wild animals you see have mom nearby or are safely exploring their surroundings, a natural part of life. Prairie wildflowers such as blue vervain, gray-headed coneflower, and rattlesnake master are in bloom, with dragonflies, damselflies, and butterflies all over during our warm summer days. Bring your favorite ID book out with you this weekend and see if you can learn something new! Also, keep your eyes open for raspberries and blackberries on your hiking trips. They are ripe and can provide a quick snack on the road. But leave some for the wildlife, too! On your travels this weekend, make sure to bring extra water. Your safety should always be your number one concern when in the field. - Dianne Robinson, wildlife biologist, Waukesha

Milwaukee DNR Service Center area
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, with a greater number of anglers and boaters present over the weekend. However, there was more reported success during the middle of the week, possibly due to increasingly windy conditions as the week progressed. As in previous weeks, boaters still reported the bulk of the success, with anglers reporting little to no success off the piers. Of the success that was reported this week, the majority of the catches came off of the North Pier. A few brown trout and chinook salmon were caught, along with two rainbow trout. Only two catches of brown trout were reported off of the south pier on Saturday, July 22. The brown trout ranged in weights from 6.5-12 pounds, while the rainbow trout were slightly smaller, weighing 5.5-6 pounds. On the other hand, the chinook salmon were all considerably larger, weighing anywhere from 12.5-21.5 pounds. Most anglers were using spoons and alewives fished on the bottom, although the windy, wavy conditions over the weekend appeared to increase the difficulty of catching and using alewives as bait. The surface temperature of the water remained warm throughout the week, ranging from to 60-65 degrees. Success off of boats was limited this week, with some boaters reporting catches of a couple of fish while others returned to the ramp with none. Interestingly, more fish were caught in the evening compared to the early morning hours. Mainly rainbow trout and chinook salmon were caught, along with two brown trout, two lake trout, and one coho salmon. Most of the rainbow trout weighed about 6-9 pounds, although a couple of them were considerably smaller, weighing only 0.75-3 pounds. The chinook salmon had a significantly larger weight range of 1.5-24 pounds. Fish were caught in water depths ranging from 75-280 feet on spoons, flies, and dipsy divers.

Ozaukee County - Fishing pressure was relatively low this week, which was likely due at times to poor weather conditions. Success off of the piers was rare, and although more success was reported from boaters, the catches still remain extremely inconsistent. Only one catch of yellow perch was caught off the North Pier on Friday, July 21. It was caught with a crappie minnow. Most anglers were using spoons as there were hardly any alewives visible throughout the week. The surface temperature of the water was warm and ranged from 65-67 degrees. Boaters seemed to report more success when returning to the ramp in the evening rather than in the morning. Mainly rainbow trout and chinook salmon were caught, along with some coho salmon, a few lake trout, and two brown trout. The rainbow trout weighed anywhere from 1.8-12.5 pounds, while the coho salmon were more consistently in the 3-5 pound range. The chinook salmon had the largest weight range spanning 1.5-22 pounds. Catches were reportedly made in water depths ranging from 80-350 feet on spoons, flasher flies, and dodger flies.

Racine County - At the ramp, anglers caught between five and nine fish this week. Early in the week most fish were caught on spoons in 35-75 feet of water north of Racine. Later in the week anglers caught fish straight out from Racine in 100-220 feet of water. Most anglers reported catching their fish on spoons and running their lures from 50 feet down up to near the surface. Brown trout, lake trout, steelhead, coho and king salmon were all caught. The water temperature was 68 degrees at the surface. Off the pier, four perch and two brown trout were reported caught this week. One brown trout was caught on a blue and chrome spoon and the other was caught on a live alewife. Both were caught in the early morning hours. One perch was caught on a small white plastic jig and the other three were caught on live minnows under a bobber. A large number of sheepshead (freshwater drum) were also caught on worms, live alewives, spoons, crank baits, and plastic jigs. The water temperature was 70 degrees.

Kenosha County - At the ramp, most anglers reported catching no fish this week, but a couple of anglers did catch a few fish in 150-220 feet of water. Coho salmon, king salmon, and steelhead were all reported caught. Anglers reported catching their fish on spoons and ran them from 50 feet down from the surface up to 20 feet down. The water at the surface was 67 degrees. Four browns were caught from the pier this week. The anglers caught the browns late at night on white or pearl tube jigs, and blue/chrome spoons. The water temperature was 64 degrees when the fish were caught, but more recently the water was 70 degrees and fishing has slowed down with most anglers not catching anything. Off the shore, 13 brown trout were reported caught this week. The browns were caught on spoons of various colors, white and pearl tube jigs, and live alewives. Most of the browns were caught in the early morning hours and late evening hours when the water temperature was 64 degrees. More recently the water temperature was 70 degrees and fishing has slowed down with most anglers not catching anything.

Plymouth DNR Service Center area
Theresa Marsh State Wildlife Area - Marsh viewing opportunities are excellent for egrets, herons, pelicans, wood ducks, mallards, Canada geese, black terns and a host of other wetland birds using the Theresa Marsh Wildlife Area sub impoundments located along Highway 28 just west of Highway 41. A pair of bald eagles are also frequently seen in the area. Another good bird viewing area is at the “Safari Club” ponds, located on Wildlife Road north of Highway K on Allenton Marsh. During the past two weeks we have done annual maintenance mowing of the grass service roads, dike tops, and other areas that people use as hiking trails on Theresa, Allenton and Jackson wildlife areas. Now is a good time to get out and hike and look at the wild flowers, since most of the prairie fields are at or close to peak bloom. Anglers have been having pretty good luck up and downstream of the Theresa Marsh dam catching northern pike and bullheads. If you are interested in being more involved with deer management we are still desperately looking for several qualified individuals to serve as stakeholder representatives on the County Deer Advisory Councils in Washington and Ozaukee counties. Other nearby counties have open member slots as well. Applications and information can be found on the “CDAC” section of the DNR website. At the first CDAC meeting in late August we will be looking at deer management unit and subunit boundaries, and recommending the deer population goal for the county for the next years, so now is the perfect time to get more involved with the CDAC program. - Tom Isaac, wildlife biologist, Hartford

South Central Region
Dodgeville DNR Service Center area

Governor Dodge State Park - Portions of the exterior horse trail remain closed. Several of these sections are under water.

Blue Mound State Park - All mountain bike trails remain closed. Indian Marker hiking trail is closed.

Wyalusing State Park - All the roads in Wyalusing are open. Day use areas open. All sites in campground are open. The Sugar Maple Nature Trail, Sand Cave Trail, Mississippi Ridge Trail, and Sentinel Ridge Trail remain closed but could possibly reopen by the weekend. - Chad Breuer, property supervisor

Horicon DNR Service Center area
Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area - Native prairies are in full bloom! Compass plant, cup plant, yellow and purple coneflower, rattlesnake master, blazing star, bergamot and sunflower are just some of the beautiful natives in full bloom in the uplands. Canada Geese young are beginning to test out their new flight feathers and are taking small practice laps around the marsh. Young fledglings of many species are now being seen and swallows are already flocking up. Some shorebird species are beginning their migration. Highway 49 and the auto tour are your best spots for shorebirds at this time. Don’t forget to visit the Horicon Marsh Explorium located at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center on Hwy. 28. Visit for a list of all the upcoming special events such as an open Outdoor Skills Day to be held on Saturday, August 5 from 9:30 a.m.-noon. - Elizabeth Herzmann, natural resources educator

Fitchburg DNR Service Center area

Columbia County - Many does can be spotted out and about with their fawns in tow. Sandhill colts are nearing the size of their parents. Mosquitoes, deer flies, and ticks are making it hard to spend much time in the woods. Now is the time to take a walk through the prairies. There’s a plethora of color with goldenrod, yellow coneflower, Culver’s root, bergamot, black-eyed-Susan, milkwort, spiderwort and blazing star all in bloom. Unfortunately, the purples of invasive species like crown vetch and spotted knapweed also are adding their colors to the landscape as well. - Sara Kehrli, wildlife biologist, Poynette

Badger State Trail - The section between Purcell Road to Basco Road is closed. This section will require engineering and emergency funds to repair erosion damage. This section currently has standing water on it. Melvin Road to Town Center Road is also closed. Closure is expected to last two to three weeks to repair erosion damage. Everything else is open and useable but needs a lot of additional cleanup work

Sugar River State Trail - The trail is open and usable but needs some resurfacing work at various locations, mainly the Monticello area.

Yellowstone Lake State Park - The entire park it is open for public use, but beach sand has been lost due to flooding.

West Central Region

La Crosse DNR Service Center area
Vernon County - The public is reporting numerous sightings of sphinx moths. Some sphinx moths are nocturnal; some are diurnal. Sphinx moths that forage during the day are often seen hovering at flowers in the act of gathering nectar with their long proboscis and may be mistaken for hummingbirds or bumblebees. All sphinx moths are fast, powerful fliers. A short horn typically adorns the posterior end of their caterpillars, and they are known as hornworms. Instead of spinning cocoons, most sphinx moth caterpillars pupate in underground earthen burrows or cells. One of the most common species of sphinx moths in southwestern Wisconsin is the white-lined sphinx, a beautiful, large, stout-bodied moth with a furry brown body crossed by six white stripes. It has long, narrow, triangular forewings and shorter hindwings, with a wingspan of 2½ to 3½ inches. Each dark olive brown-colored forewing has a broad tan band going from the base to the tip of the wing, crossed by a series of thin white stripes along the wing veins. The black hindwings are bright reddish-pink in the middle. Watch for these and other species of sphinx moths as summer begins to wane. Red raspberries are now at or just past their peak. Blackcaps are mostly dried up, but blackberries will probably be ready in about a week or so. Wild flowers currently blooming in Crawford County include Culver’s root, bee balm or bergamot, hemlock water-parsnip, butterflyweed, and black-eyed-Susan. - Dave Matheys, wildlife biologist, Viroqua

Perrot State Park - Portions of Brady’s Bluff and Perrot Ridge Trail remain closed. - Lois Larson, park manager

Wildcat Mountain State Park - The horse camp and all horse trails remain closed. - Robert E. Ramsey, park manager

Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area
Buckhorn State Park - We do not have any flooding at the park and trails and campsites are open. Another round of storms is predicted for Friday-Saturday. If camping, keep an eye out for changing weather conditions. Arts and crafts also on Thursdays through August 17. On Friday, July 28, join our astronomy students at the amphitheater at 8:45 p.m. and then check out the stars with a telescope for Universe in the Park! - Heather Wolf, park manager

Roche-A-Cri State Park - We do not have any flooding at the park and trails and campsites are open. - Heather Wolf, park manager

Minnesota Fishing / Reminder: Mille Lacs walleye fishing closed from July 7-27
« Last post by mudbrook on July 05, 2017, 11:37:48 AM »
Reminder: Mille Lacs walleye
fishing closed from July 7-27

Lake open to fishing for all other species including bass

Mille Lacs Lake walleye fishing will be closed July 7-27, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural of Resources. Fishing for all other species, including bass, is open. Mille Lacs was recently named the No. 1 lake for bass fishing in the nation by Bassmaster.

With the ban on night fishing already in place for the season, walleye fishing on the lake effectively closes at 10:01 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, and reopens at 6:01 a.m. on Friday, July 28.

The walleye fishing closure is to prevent fish from dying after being caught and released. “Conserving the Mille Lacs walleye fishery is a top priority for DNR and the closure is happening when fish are most vulnerable to stress from warm water and high fishing pressure,” said Don Pereira, DNR fisheries chief.

The tendency for caught fish to die after being released is called hooking mortality, which increases as water temperatures warm.

The decision to close walleye fishing in July was first announced in March. The closure is expected to help extend the fishing season through Labor Day.

During the period walleye fishing is closed, anglers can fish for all other species in the lake including bass, muskellunge and northern pike. When fishing for other species, only artificial baits and lures are allowed in possession, except anglers targeting northern pike or muskie may fish with sucker minnows longer than 8 inches.

A ban on night fishing remains in place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Nov. 30; however, anglers can fish for muskie and northern pike at night but can only use artificial lures longer than 8 inches or sucker minnows longer than 8 inches. Bowfishing for rough fish also is allowed at night but possession of angling equipment is not allowed and only rough fish may be in possession.

Following the July walleye closure, anglers can catch and release walleye through Labor Day. Walleye fishing will then be closed from Tuesday, Sept. 5, through Thursday, Nov. 30.

More information about Mille Lacs, including progress toward the level of walleye that can be safely harvested in 2017, ongoing DNR management and research, and area opportunities is available on the DNR website at

Great Lakes Fishing / Lake Michigan Out Fishing Report - June 25, 2017
« Last post by mudbrook on June 28, 2017, 12:00:00 PM »
Lake Michigan Out Fishing Report - June 25, 2017
In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff.
REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the WI/MI, WI/MN and WI/IA boundary waters.

Green Bay Fishing Report
Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 25, 2017
Kenosha Co.
Ramp: Only a few boats were interviewed this week. Most of the boats interviewed caught between 1 and 2 salmon. Anglers reported fishing from 90ft out to 120ft. One boat did report catching 5 coho salmon and all were caught on a flasher/fly combo. No anglers reported catching any perch. The water temperature was 56F.
Pier: No anglers reported catching any trout or salmon. Only a few perch were caught this week and all of them were caught on a small clear and pearl plastic jig. The water temperature was 57F.
Shore: Only one fish was reported caught this week. The angler caught a brown trout on a silver spoon. No perch were reported caught. The water temperature was 57F.
Racine Co.
Ramp: Fishing was very slow this past week. Most anglers caught none or only 1 fish, but one boat did manage to catch 7 fish in 60ft. Anglers fished from 30ft out to 120ft. All the fish that were caught were caught on a dodger/fly combo, flasher/fly combo, or spoons. There did not seem to be any specific lure or color choice that worked best. No perch were reported caught. The water temperature was 55F.
Pier: Only one fish was reported caught this week. The angler caught a brown trout in the morning on a chrome and chartreuse spoon. No perch were reported caught. The water temperature was 57F.
Shore: No trout or salmon were reported caught. Some anglers fishing from shore have managed to catch a few perch this week. No specific spot seems to be better than another. Most anglers that had more than one perch caught them in different areas. Most of the perch have been caught on clear plastic jigs, chartreuse plastic jigs, or live fathead minnows. Most anglers are catching one or two keepers, however, a few have managed to catch three. The water temperature was 58F.
Milwaukee Co.
Milwaukee North: The Milwaukee area has been in a stormy weather pattern with rain and an occasional thunderstorm nearly every day over the past 2 weeks. Approximately 1.9” of rain fell in the area during the week (June 19-26) and over 2.75” of rain from June 12-26. The catch rate for trout and salmon on the shoreline has been spotty with the majority of fish being caught on McKinley Pier. 30-40 anglers were counted on the pier early Sunday morning (June 25). At least two kings and a coho were landed on the pier Sunday morning with 3-4 fresh blood marks seen from the entrance to the elbow. A 10-12 pound brown trout was caught on the pier with an alewife on Saturday morning (June 24). A couple of young anglers landed 6 coho while bottom fishing with alewives around 11:00 AM Wednesday morning (June 21). There were more alewives seen on the harbor side of the pier than on the lake side according to most of the pier anglers. A few anglers from Racine and Kenosha were seen on the pier Sunday morning with one of the anglers catching a 7-8 pound chinook on a kastmaster. The Racine/Kenosha anglers reported that very few fish were being caught on the shoreline south of Milwaukee County. The surface water temperature on the lake side of the pier was 53F on Sunday. Rock bass, a few crappies, bluegills, and small perch were caught in the Lakeshore State Park lagoons. Most of the perch were in the 6-7” range with an occasional 12” long perch being caught. Wax worms and nightcrawlers under a bobber were the most popular bait. Anglers saw largemouth bass fanning their spawning beds in the lagoons during the week. Approximately 7-8 anglers were seen on the shoreline behind Summerfest on Sunday morning (June 25) with no reports of fish landed. The shoreline anglers watched charter boats catch trout and salmon in the harbor around 100-200 feet offshore from where they were fishing on Sunday (June 25). The majority of boats out of the McKinley and Riverfront ramps reported that the catch rate has tapered off over the past 2 weeks. Many of the boats interviewed on Sunday (June 25) returned with only 1-2 fish in the cooler and some of the boats came in skunked. One boat (3 anglers) landed 8 fish on Saturday (June 24) and 12 coho and one king on Sunday (June 25) while trolling peanut flies and spoons in 70-80 feet of water, 20-25 feet down, between Concordia College and Fox Point. The water temperate at 40 feet down in 70-80 feet of water was 47F on Sunday. Nice catches of coho and kings were landed in the gaps during the week. One of the local fishing guides caught 18 coho while jigging gulp minnows and spoons in the gaps on Tuesday (June 21). His biggest coho was 11 pounds and 1 ounce. Approximately 10-12 boats were jigging in the main gap on Sunday morning. One of the boats (3 anglers) landed a 16.5 pound king, a 5-6 pound coho, and a 3-4 pound whitefish in the gaps on Sunday. Many of the boaters reported that the morning bite for kings and coho tapered off around 8:30 AM. According to last year’s fishing reports, large thick clouds of alewives returned to the shoreline around McKinley Pier around the 4th of July, 2016 after a 2-3 week dry spell.
Milwaukee South: The fishing pressure and catch rate for trout and salmon on the shoreline continues to be low. Very few alewives were seen in shallow water during the week. There have been no reports of dead alewives washing up anywhere on the shoreline so far this year. The fishing area under the Hoan Bridge by Jones Island is closed due to overhead construction work and painting. The area under the bridge will reopen to fishermen by early August of 2017. Rock bass are still being caught with nightcrawlers and shrimp in the gaps between the boulders in Cupertino Park. Two anglers were seen on the Cupertino Park shoreline on Sunday morning. Only one angler was seen targeting kings and coho (with alewives) on the Grant Park shoreline early Sunday morning. Fish were rolling and jumping in the current coming out of the Oak Creek but no fish were landed. Yellow bullheads (8-10” average length) and a few small perch (around 6-7” long) were landed on the Bender Park harbor fishing pier by anglers fishing with nightcrawlers. Two anglers had 7 bullheads on their stringer within an hour on Sunday morning (June 25). Anglers on the Oak Creek Power Plant fishing pier caught and released large carp, small stocked brown trout, and a few small perch (around 6-7 inches long). Only a few straggler alewives were seen around the pier during the week. 4-5 anglers were counted on the power plant pier Sunday morning. The surface water temperature on the lake side of the pier increased from 57F last week to 58F on Sunday (June 25). The water temperature in the discharge chute increased from 61F last week to 64F. Approximately 6-9 boat trailers were seen in the Bender ramp parking lot on Saturday and Sunday morning (June 24-25). The catch rate for trout and salmon was low during the week according to one of the boat ramp attendants. The majority of boats out of Bender averaged 1-2 fish by the end of the week with a couple of boats getting skunked. One boat (2 anglers) caught only small stocker brown trout on Sunday morning (June 25) while casting gulp minnows and spoons in the warm water discharge in front of the Oak Creek Power Plant. Very few boats have been targeting perch since opening day (June 16). Only one boat was interviewed at the Bender ramp during the week. The boat launch at South Shore Park is still closed due to construction on the new sea wall and parking lot. Asphalt paving on the parking lot was completed on Friday (June 23). The South Shore boat launch should be open to the public by July 1.
Milwaukee River: Approximately .25 inches of rain fell in the Milwaukee area during the week. The flow rate at Estabrook Park decreased from 1460 cfs last week to 794 cfs on Sunday (May 14). The water level decreased from 3.51 to 2.83 feet. The water temperature increased from 56F to 63F. 4 anglers were counted at Kletzsch Park on Monday morning (May 8) and 8-10 anglers on Sunday afternoon (May 14). Anglers at Kletzsch Park continue to land smallmouth bass, rock bass, largemouth bass, and suckers. A group of 5 anglers had 5 smallmouth bass and one largemouth on the stringer within 2 hours of fishing on Sunday afternoon. The anglers had good luck casting tube jigs and 4” Kaitech easy shiner swim baits. Another angler caught and released 8 undersize smallmouth bass while casting swim baits. 3 anglers were counted at Estabrook Park on Monday (May 8) and 8-10 anglers on Sunday (May 14). Three anglers (3 brothers) caught and released 10 smallmouth bass at Estabrook Park within an hour of fishing on Monday morning. The anglers had good luck casting 3.5” long Strike King coffee scented tube jigs and Keitech swim baits. A large number of smallmouth bass and rock bass were caught and released at Estabrook on Sunday afternoon. Large schools of alewives have been stacked up below the former North Avenue dam for the past 2 weeks. Thick clouds of alewives hugged the shoreline as they swam upstream in the rapids above the former dam. Large flocks of seagulls were diving on the alewives as they swam towards the North Avenue Bridge. The fishing pressure and catch rate have tapered off on the river side of Summerfest since the perch season closed on May 1. 1-3 anglers on average have been targeting brown trout by Summerfest with shiners, fathead minnows, and soft plastic minnows. Two anglers landed 5-6 brown trout (up to 10 pounds) over the past few weeks with shiners and plastic swim baits. The browns caught recently have lost their spawning colors and are turning a silver/chrome color.
Menomonee River: The water level on the Menomonee River continues to fall. Less than .25 inches of rain fell from May 2-May 14. The water had a copper colored stain from 45th & State Street downstream to Three Bridges Park. Visibility was 2-3 feet. The water temperature increased from 56F last week to 63F on Sunday (May 14). There’s been very little fishing pressure at Miller Park since the rainbow spawning run came to an end around 3-4 weeks ago. A few suckers and schools of small minnows were seen in Three Bridges Park on the weekend. A large number of alewives have been in the river over the past 2 weeks. Seagulls and terns continue to dive on the alewives by MMSD and the Harley Davidson museum. Anglers at the MMSD fishing site landed bluegills (up to 9” long), a few crappies, and rock bass. Most of the fish were caught with nightcrawlers 3 feet down under slip bobbers. One angler landed 6 bluegills on Sunday (May 14) but they were in the 3-5” range. Anglers at the 11th & Bruce Street Bridge landed a few small bluegills with nightcrawlers on the weekend. An angler at 13th and Canal Street landed only one bluegill after 3 hours of fishing on Sunday (May 14). Nice catches of bluegills were landed with nightcrawlers recently at the Harley Davidson museum. The catch rate for brown trout at MMSD has tapered off over the past two weeks. Two anglers targeted brown trout with shiners for 3-4 hours at MMSD on Sunday (May 14) without a hit. This will be the last fishing report for the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers until the start of the salmon spawning run in September.
Ozaukee Co.
Similar to Sheboygan County, fishing pressure was relatively low, especially later in the week as weather conditions worsened. However, there were a few catches reported by anglers off the piers, as well as some boaters reporting success early in the week.
Port Washington Harbor and Piers: A total of five brown trout and three coho salmon were caught off the piers and harbor this week. The coho salmon weighed between 4-5 pounds. Alewives and spoons were the baits of choice, but with the windy, chilly conditions, most anglers were not even reporting bites. The surface temperature of the water was 45ºF, and the water on the harbor side was very dirty.
Port Washington Ramps: Success reported from boaters was hit or miss, with some having caught a few fish while others returned to the ramp with none. Hardly any boaters were interviewed over the weekend, especially on Sunday, June 25th, as there were only a couple of trailers present at the ramp and the boaters did not return before the end of the shift. Mainly coho salmon were caught this week, along with a few chinook salmon and rainbow trout. The coho salmon weighed anywhere from 2-5 pounds. Catches were reportedly made at depths ranging from 80-150ft on spoons and flasher flies.
Sheboygan Co.
Fishing pressure was relatively low on throughout the week, possibly due to weather conditions and heavy wind. Neither anglers off the piers nor boaters were reporting much success.
Harbor and Piers: The only reported catches off the piers this week occurred on June 19th, with two separate anglers catching one brown trout and one coho salmon. Both fish were of similar size and weighed about eight pounds. Most anglers were using alewives fished on the bottom and spoons. The surface temperature of the water was cold throughout the week ranging from 45-50ºF.
Ramps: There was no reported success from boaters this week. Only a few interviews were conducted since boaters did not return to the ramp during the shift times, however, there were relatively few trailers at the ramp during these times as well. Of the boaters that were interviewed, similar reports of cold waters and windy conditions likely attributed to the lack of success this week.
Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 25, 2017
Manitowoc Co.
Another week of severe weather made fishing on the lake or along the lakeshore a challenge. Most days the weather was too bad for anglers to even try at attempting to take their boats out. This again made it very difficult to collect many interviews.
Saturday June 24th, anglers were able to take their boats onto the lake and many people took advantage of the calmer morning. However, most of the boaters reported very few if any luck catching fish. Fishing parties averaged about 3 fish for 3 people in about 4 hours. Most of the fish were Coho Salmon with a few Rainbow Trout and Chinook Salmon.
With all of the rain rolling through the area, the rivers have significantly increased in velocity, depth, and turbidity. This has also caused a slight drop in the water temperatures along the lakeshore, bringing them closer to 50°F-52°F. Increased turbidity can also be seen along the lakeshore as the streams are carrying a great amount of sediment from runoff into the lake.
Kewaunee Co.
Salmon fishing in Kewaunee County this week has been slower than past weeks, but fish have still been coming in consistently in lower numbers. As storms rolled through many nights this past week, anglers had to spend more time finding fish than catching them, but some did have success. The bags were mixes of chinooks and rainbows, with almost no cohos reported. Many rainbows were reported to have been caught in slightly deeper water (100-200 feet) all throughout the water column on both flasher/fly combos and spoons, with no particular color catching more fish. Chinooks came most frequently in the 60-100-foot-deep range, down 30-50 feet on both flasher/fly combos in green, blue, or white, and on spoons in green or patterns like watermelon. The few cohos that came in were caught on orange dodgers with peanut flies, in no noticeable patterns of water depth.
Sturgeon Bay
Because of the weather, few anglers in boats launched on the bay of Green Bay-side of Sturgeon Bay, and those which were interviewed had almost no luck targeting walleye or perch. No interviews were obtained from smallmouth anglers who were fishing in boats.
Shore fishing remains consistent for perch, smallmouth, and rock bass at Sunset Park and Stone Quarry landings. Anglers have continued to catch some sizeable perch fishing with worms or minnows with a bobber or dragging a jig on bottom. Many anglers that are catching the bass are targeting perch and catching all three species in the same way. Few interviews were obtained towards the weekend because of some windy and rainy weather.
Anglers who launched at Sawyer Park and headed to Lake Michigan had some success over the weekend. Although only a few anglers were interviewed, the catches were similar, consisting of more chinooks than anything else. Boats were bringing in 1 rainbow and 3-4 chinooks per group, and those anglers reported more boats were fishing around them. The best water depth was about 60-90 feet, with flasher/fly combos in green or white down 35 feet being the most productive presentation.
Green Bay Fishing Report: June 25, 2017
DNR does not verify or guarantee the reported ice conditions, and anglers should proceed at their own risk. Please use extreme caution as conditions can change rapidly.
Door Co.
The recent weather conditions have made the smallmouth bite throughout Door County much more inconsistent than past weeks. Water temps vary from 60-70F depending on where you are and which way the wind is blowing. The water in most places has become more turbid making it hard to spot bass in shallow water. Some bass are still on beds while others are post spawn. Despite these conditions some anglers have still found success. Rowleys Bay has remained a consistent producer of smallies. Bass action should heat up again if the weather gives us a break and conditions become more stable. Perch fishing is starting to pick up a bit in the bay side harbors of Door County. Minnows and crawlers have been working but the most important thing is to have your line in the water when the schools come in to feed. Being in the right place at the right time has been the key. No word on walleye action or salmon/trout action on lake side.
Chaudoirs Dock – The past week was rough for all anglers out of chaudiors dock. Not many groups were lucky enough to catch any walleyes or yellow perch but most of them had an easy time running into freshwater drum. The only luck that was seen was from a group of anglers fishing from shore for catfish. They caught catfish, round goby, yellow perch and, white bass.
Sugar Creek - no trailers or interviews
Rites Cove- no trailers or interviews
Little Sturgeon Bay – Interviews were only taken at the back half of the week but from what was recorded both bass and walleye fishermen were having a tough time. Bass anglers were only catching a few fish for a half a day’s worth of fishing. Walleye fishermen were in the same situation. The ones that went out were lucky if they caught a couple of fish for half a day’s worth of effort. Everyone that was fishing from boat had an easy time though reeling in plenty of freshwater drum.
Sawyer Harbor – Over the past week the yellow perch catch has left me cautiously optimistic. Most boats that were in search of the fish found themselves catching at least 10 for a couple hours of fishing. There were even a few boats that caught there limit over the course of a few hours. Transversely walleye and bass fishermen struggled just like the anglers that fished out of Little Sturgeon Bay.
Brown/Kewaunee Co. - Bay side from Sturgeon Bay area south
Bayshore: Over the past week fishing has been really slow. The majority of boat anglers were having trouble catching any walleyes. Even though the catch rates were down there were a few groups that found success and brought a few walleyes home. Earlier in the week perch anglers were having some luck and catching a few fish but that quickly dropped off as the week progressed. There has been a sharp increase seen in the number of freshwater drum being caught. Almost every group found themselves taking plenty of those fish of the lines. Anglers fishing from shore found themselves catching a couple round gobies per trip. Anglers also caught white bass, white perch, and catfish.
Red River: One angler was fishing from shore using worms and caught a few white bass and a catfish for a couple hours of fishing. No other anglers were recorded.
Suamico River - The walleye anglers struggled to find good numbers of fish from the Suamico River launch. Most groups were reporting catches of 1-3 fish on average. Water temperatures were in the mid 70s last week so many anglers have switched to trolling crawler harnesses to target walleyes. Other fish being caught are: Northern pike, white bass, channel catfish, white perch, and freshwater drum.
Longtail Point - no trailers or interviews
Duck Creek - a few trailers recorded, and a few shore anglers fishing with live bait. Most of the trailers belonged to bowfishermen targeting common carp.
Fox River Metropolitan Boat Launch - Anglers targeting walleyes were still catching fish in University Bay but still reporting catching a lot of fish short of the length limit. Most anglers are bringing back 1-3 fish on average. Most anglers are reporting catching a lot of freshwater drum, which have made their way to the lower bay following the warm water from the Fox River. Shore fishing from the boat launch has continued to be good for freshwater drum and channel catfish, with the occasional white bass mixed in.
Fox River - Shore fishermen have made up the majority of fishing pressure on the river with most anglers trying to catch "anything that bites." Most anglers are throwing live bait on the bottom and have been doing well catching channel catfish, white bass, freshwater drum, and common carp. Anglers from the boat have had a little less success targeting walleyes with only a few boats interviewed catching any. Anglers are reporting catching freshwater drum, and channel catfish.
Oconto Co.
Geano's Beach - Walleye anglers had mixed success this past week with an average of two fish being brought back for dinner. Anglers were reporting fishing to be tough with the inconsistency in the weather and the dirty water from all the rain. Anglers were starting to shift more to trolling with crawler harnesses instead of the early season favorite, flicker shad crankbait. One perch angler was interviewed and they found some good success. The group caught just under there limit, though the fish weren't huge they were big enough for a couple dinners worth. Other fish caught were white bass, white perch, freshwater drum, channel catfish, and northern pike.
Anglers report catching blue gill and small mouth below the Dam at Stiles on the Oconto River. Fish are being caught in the slack water mainly using live bait. The lower portion of the Oconto River, from the fishermen's deck to the mouth is producing some nice cat fish and drum using crawler fished on bottom. No interviews were gained at Pensaukee or Oconto Park II.
Marinette Co.
A few walleye are being caught around the mouth area of the Peshtigo River using jigs and live bait or plastics. No anglers were observed at the Little River Boat Launch. Early in the week walleye and small mouth were being caught on the Menominee River trolling and casting to structure and current seams. Since then the River has become high and dirty with heavy current.
The only anglers observed on the Peshtigo River were at the mouth fishing from shore. The bite was slow, but a few cat fish and drum were being caught using crawlers fished on bottom. Anglers were using between 2 and 4 ounces of weight to keep their bait on bottom. Reports of some brown trout being caught out of Little River in the vicinity of the trout bar can not be confirmed at this time. The Menominee River is flowing fast and dirty no interviews were obtained.
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