Color peaks through center of state

DNR REPORT - Much of northern Wisconsin is now just past peak color, with stubborn oaks holding their leaves. Central and southern areas are still holding, and in some cases, still climbing towards peak color on the Department of Tourism’s Fall Color Report .

Deer rutting activity will be nearing its peak late October and into the early weeks of November. Rubs are becoming a more frequent observation and daytime activity will begin to increase as temperatures fall. There are still antlerless deer carcass tags available for purchase across the state.

Turkey and grouse have been spotted on road shoulders feeding on insects and grass. Waterfowl hunters are reporting a diverse and successful harvest.

Consistent rains have kept duck populations spread out and we are certainly in migration. Some woodcock hunters are reporting their most successful season lately.

Musky have continued to provide most of the fishing pressure on Northwoods waters and action has been good on live suckers.

Walleye fishing continues to be erratic and the fish haven’t fully settled into a solid fall pattern yet.

Panfish action has been fair, with some decent crappie and perch being found along deep weed edges and near mid-depth cover.

Water temperatures have dropped into the low to mid 50s and this has pretty much shut down most bass activity. There have been lots of anglers out trying their luck on the Bois Brule River and some were reporting success in their pursuit of steelhead.

Anglers along northern Lake Michigan reported more consistent success and pressure with a promising chinook run at the Little River as well as a run of walleye on the Menominee River.

Door County anglers saw strong winds and rough lake conditions, which tamped down salmon and trout fishing. However, success for smallmouth has remained consistent.

The fall chinook salmon run continued fairly strong on Lake Michigan tributaries, with heavy angling pressure on the Ahnapee, Milwaukee and Root rivers and Stoney and Sauk creeks.

There are also reports that solid numbers of chinook moved up the Menominee River during the last week.

Shore anglers in Milwaukee and Kenosha reported few lake, brown and rainbow trout and some coho and chinook salmon. Sheboygan anglers dealt with especially strong winds and water off the bay.

The lower Wisconsin River is still above normal flow for this time of year but is coming down to a reasonable level with a bit of sand popping up now and then.

Anglers on the Rock River at Indianford were catching walleye and white bass over the last week.

The fall waterfowl migration picking up at Horicon Marsh with more birds arriving at the marsh, including shovelers, pintail, wood ducks, widgeon, ruddy ducks and large numbers of mallards and green-winged teal.

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