Colors peaking in north as parks hold fall fests

Fall colors are near peak across much of northern Wisconsin, while southern counties are just starting to show their fall colors on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Fall Color Report.

Solid reports of waterfowl success came in from across the state this past week, with mentions of teal, widgeons, wood ducks, mallards and more.

In general, there is still more than enough foliage to make grouse and woodcock hunting a challenge.

Turkeys continue to be very active in feeding. There has also been reported success from the archery deer season, and cooler temperatures helped the youth deer hunt last weekend. Keep in mind that temperatures are only now starting to drop, so there may still be some bugs out with you in the woods.

During our electro fishing activities, fisheries crews observed the start of salmon and trout runs into the lower Menominee, Peshtigo and Oconto rivers. Pink salmon numbers will be peaking during the first half of this month.

AFTER 3 INCHES OF RAIN so far this month, Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park is roaring. Colors are near peak and the park hosted a Fall Colorama festival Sunday. AFTER 3 INCHES OF RAIN so far this month, Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park is roaring. Colors are near peak and the park hosted a Fall Colorama festival Sunday. Off Sturgeon Bay, shore and boat anglers have been targeting chinook with crankbaits and spoons, with low returns hampered by the warm surface waters.

Dropping water temperatures brought some relief to those fishing the Kewaunee River. Anglers lined the banks before opening light and a good number were successful very early in the morning fishing the pools.

The Ahnapee River in Algoma has finally had some salmon action this past week. Although it still seems to be slow, chinook have been caught all the way up to the Forestville Dam.

Those angling in the southern section of Lake Michigan reported windy and fickle weather conditions. Surface water temperatures hovered right around 60 degrees.

Chinook were reported caught on the Sheboygan River. There was a little more variety in Port Washington, with brown and rainbow trout and coho salmon to go along with a light chinook catch. Chinook were also reported from those fishing the lower Root River and the harbor in Racine.

Fishing pressure was low in Kenosha, but there were a few salmon, chinook and coho, landed along with brown trout. Again, most catches seemed to be caught during low light/cooler periods.

Elk bulls are still with the cows, but it is still too early for the deer rut and bucks necks aren’t swelling yet though some rubbing activity is being observed.

Numbers of mallard, shoveler, wigeon, Canada goose, green winged teal, pintail and sandhill cranes have increased at Horicon Marsh offering excellent viewing off Highway 49.

American robins have flooded into the state from the Canadian boreal forest in large numbers. Rusty blackbirds are also on the move and can be found in marshes with scattered trees and wet woodlands. Birdwatchers have reported the arrival of the first dark-eye juncos.

Northwestern Wisconsin received more than 3 inches of rain so far this October and rivers were running high and the waterfalls at Amnicon and Pattison state parks are roaring and provide some spectacular views surrounded by the fall colors. The MacKenzie Center held its Fall Festival on Saturday, and Kohler-Andrae and Governor Dodge held fall candlelight hikes.

Search the DNR website for “Get Outdoors” for event details.

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