Fawns starting to look like miniature does

DNR REPORT - Anglers across the state have taken advantage of the lull in restless weather and come out in droves.

Fishing on the Flambeau and Chippewa rivers remained good for smallmouth bass.

Musky fishing has slowed in the Northwoods due to the warm waters, but some fish were still being caught.

Some largemouth bass and northern pike were being caught on shallow weed lakes and some bluegills were being caught on the bottom near deep weed edges with crappies suspended along wood structure.

The warm weather and warm water also seemed to slow the bite at southeastern Lake Michigan harbors.

Anglers from Sheboygan to Racine reported catching rainbow and lake trout, chinook salmon and sheepshead, but success was sporadic overall.

The walleye bite slowed off at Oconto near the Pensaukee landing, but remained good to the south off Geano Beach.

Walleye fishing was also good off Brown County with anglers out of Bayshore Park reporting catches of 10 fish per boat and limits also were reported near the Suamico River.

Fishing pressure continued to be high off Door County with Little Sturgeon Bay seeing an equal mix of walleye and perch fishermen, along with pleasure boaters.

Spots are starting to fade on the white-tail fawns, as they are looking like small copies of their mothers.

Many birds are beginning to gather in large flocks and will begin their journey south in the near future.

Bur oaks in the area appear to be having a stellar acorn drop in the south. Squirrels and chipmunks are busy harvesting black walnuts, acorns, and hickory nuts.

The frequent rain throughout the summer has kept woods and the prairie lush for people heading out to bike, hike or otherwise ride the trails this weekend. Flies and mosquitos seem to be winding down.

Berries are ripening across the state and wildlife are gearing up to race you to the first bite. Many areas are reporting a bumper crop of blackberries.

Everything from small birds, to chipmunks, to turkey broods feed on blackberries, which make stands of brambles a great place to view wildlife and grab a snack.

Out in the fields the “golden trend” continues as black-eyed susans, goldenrod, sunflowers and others continue to bloom.

Last weekend was the peak of the Perseid meteor shower and several parks hosted the UW-Madison Astronomy Department’s Universe in the Park programs including Newport State Park on Friday, Blue Mound, Governor Dodge and Potawatomi state parks, the southern and Pike Lake units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and Richard Bong State Recreation Area on Saturday, and Peninsula State Park on Sunday.

There were also three Shakespeare in the Park performances on Friday at Lakeshore, on Saturday at Rib Mountain and on Sunday at Mirror Lake state parks.

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