Heavy drop of nuts will help wildlife fatten up for winter

A lot of hunters went into the woods last weekend for the numerous season openers, including the archery and crossbow deer, fall turkey, Canada goose, ruffed grouse, cottontail rabbit and squirrel.

Many areas of the state are reporting a great crop of acorns, hickory nuts and walnuts. These foods will help deer, turkey, black bears and more build up fat reserves to survive the winter. Areas with a good mast crop should provide great places to hunt for squirrels, grouse, and deer.

Just in time for the season openings, the 2017 Fall Forecast is now available by searching the DNR website for keyword "forecast." [PDF]

Leaves are continuing to change, with several northern counties already reporting fall color at 50 percent on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report.

Fishing has been very good on the Wolf River from New London down to the mouth at Lake Poygon, with anglers havfrom ing good success with catfish, bass, northern pike and panfish.

Mid-September is typically the peak of the Lake Superior coho run on the Bois Brule river, and there have been some reports of angling success.

The fall salmon run on Lake Michigan is picking ups some, with a few kings moving up tributaries, but there haven't been huge numbers reported yet, and some rain and cooler temperatures would be helpful to get more fish moving up.

Fly fishermen have been targeting the first few pods of kings moving upstream on the Kewaunee River with limited success.

Both chinooks and browns have been caught upstream of the harbors in the East and West Twin Rivers. The Root and Pike rivers are currently extremely clear and very low; very few anglers have been fishing and no fish were reported caught last week.

On the western shores of Green Bay, anglers have been targeting crappie and smallmouth bass, with some attempts at walleye and musky as well.

While there was some success for yellow perch, the bite was inconsistent for walleye and musky, with more success reported from early morning anglers.

On the eastern shore anglers found themselves, again, with tough odds for walleye and greater success for perch.

Along Door County smallmouth bass fishing has been consistent and good with a better offshore bite. Yellow perch fishing was great this past week and some anglers reported catching limits while fishing in the Sturgeon Bay canal.

In the southeastern harbors, a few salmon balanced out the brown trout catch at Port Washington, Racine and Kenosha.

The early teal and goose season is showing moderate success. Birds are still spending time around weedy fields and standing water, with the abundance of water on area wetlands keeping duck populations dispersed.

Bull elk are starting to bugle in the Clam Lake area and this week a woman captured a couple of bull elk sparring on video that is available on the DNR Facebook page. Whitetail deer are transitioning from a red to grey winter coat.

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