Bears are out and about and looking for food

Strong storms that swept across Wisconsin with high winds downed trees in some state parks and forests but crews have been out clearing the damage and all park and forest campgrounds and public use areas remain open. High water on the Chippewa River closed one section of the Chippewa River State Trail south of Eau Claire.

With all the recent rain, many rivers are running above normal spring flow for this time of year. Both the Brule River and Flambeau River state forests are cautioning paddlers that their rivers are running high and fast. The Lower Wisconsin River had started to come down, with some sandbars again beginning to emerge.

Fishermen have been having some success fishing the Flambeau River for walleye and bass. Some northern pike, walleye and smallmouth bass were being caught on the Oconto, Peshtigo and Menominee rivers.

On Green Bay, high winds from the northeast kept fishing pressure low, but many anglers still ventured out. Anglers that braved the wind found the walleyes were looking for warmer water. Anglers are reporting catching walleye and smallmouth bass out of the Oconto Breakwater Harbor. In the southern bay, most anglers were catching multiple harvestable walleyes as well as white bass and freshwater drum.

Along Door County, fishing pressure on Little Sturgeon Bay was high due to the tournaments that were held in Sturgeon Bay. Anglers were primarily targeting smallmouth bass with a few anglers trying for some walleyes.

Smallmouth anglers success varied widely, the key to catching good numbers of fish seemed to be staying mobile and finding the warmest water. Rainbows are finishing up spawning but are still holding in some of the Door County streams, likely waiting for warm water to force them back into the lake.

Along Lake Michigan, fishing pressure on the Milwaukee lakefront increased with calm, stable weather. Large schools of alewives are starting to show up along the lakefront. Large flocks of seagulls were diving on the alewives as they swam towards the North Avenue Bridge. Activity at the McKinley and Riverfront ramps increased with limits of coho being caught on the weekend.

Fourth season turkey hunters reported quite a bit of early success, but as the week went on it sounds like the birds have been pretty quiet.

Bears are out and about and looking for food.

Fawns are being born and are being seen in many locations. Remember, fawns are rarely abandoned.

It is normal for deer mothers to leave fawns unattended because keeping fawns hidden and alone is actually an adaptation to protect them from predators.

If you see a fawn in the wild, leave it alone, back away, and its mother will return to care for it.


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