Does getting ready for new class of fawns, as sturgeon run passes

DNR REPORT - Timely rain has brought a reprieve, at least temporarily, to the high to very high fire danger the state had been experiencing last weekend and early this week.

Burning permits were periodically suspended in numerous counties. In the past week, 123 wildfires burned 142 acres in DNR protection areas around the state.

For Wildfire Prevention Week the DNR launched a new “live status wildfire occurrence” map on the DNR website.

Despite the rain, many parks and forests are now reporting that mountain bike and even some horse trails are open for use but additional rain in the forecast could change that status, so as always call ahead to confirm that trails are open.

Ice is now off almost all but the largest lakes in the Northwoods, with some ice still reported on Trout Lake in Vilas County.

The walleye spawning season has been going very quickly and the musky are just now beginning to show up in the shallows.

Perch also are in the midst of their spawning ritual. Angling pressure on northern lakes has been generally light, with just a few sucker and panfish anglers out trying their luck.

The 2016 lake sturgeon run on the Lake Winnebago System has been progressing rapidly. The run has been very intense and condensed into a short time period.

Fisheries biologists think this year will likely go down as one of the shortest spawning runs on record. DNR survey crews have found a number of fish larger than 75 inches in total length, with the largest fish being 81.7 inches.

Anglers took advantage of the nice calm weather this weekend out on Green Bay and Lake Michigan and were out in high numbers trolling close to shore for brown trout and walleye.

Southeastern Lake Michigan harbors and piers had high fishing pressure over the weekend with anglers catching some brown trout.

Tributaries have cleared up from last week and most were running clear. Steelhead fishing was still good on the Sheboygan and Root rivers.


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