Salmon run so heavy they’re hard to miss

Much needed rain finally spurred on the fall Lake Michigan tributary salmon runs.

The chinook spawn is going strong, with a variety of baits and methods seeing success. The chinook spawn is in full swing along Door County with salmon spotted in most marinas and in many area creeks.

In the Kewaunee harbor, salmon can be seen jumping regularly and have been stacking up in corners in force and numbers, and anglers are having success with both spoons and crankbaits.

Fish have been so thick at times that anglers have foulhooked more than they have had strike. The salmon spawn is also in full force in the East and West Twin, Manitowoc, Branch and Ahnapee rivers. Chinook salmon are the most common catch but a few coho are also being caught.

In southern tributaries, those fishing the Sheboygan River reported most of the success from chinook and coho salmon along with a few brown trout.

At Sauk Creek a few chinook were landed on flies and spoons. On the Root River were chinook the majority of anglers targeting and seeing success upstream of the steelhead facility and fishing with egg flies.

Walleye and yellow perch fishing continues to be productive on the Lake Winnebago System for those that haven’t winterized their boats yet.

Oshkosh DNR fisheries staff recently completed the annual Lake Winnebago Trawling Survey with good catches of yearling walleye, crappie, and yellow perch from strong hatches that occurred in 2016. Walleyes from the strong 2013 year class were also well represented in the survey, ranging 16-19 inches.

The American woodcock migration is now on and hunters are starting to get their first push of birds this week. The wind has blown down leaves and created better shooting opportunities for woodcock and grouse.

The recent warmth seems so to have slowed deer activity and discouraged some hunters from hitting the woods with bow in hand.

Bachelor groups of bucks seem to have broken up now causing some bucks to abandon existing spots in search of new ground.

There have been reports that some bucks are already starting to follow does and scrapes and rubs are being seen in the woods already.

The fall migration is in full swing at Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area with sandhill cranes numbers around 4,000- 5,000 birds.

Trumpeter swans and numerous, and there are many different species of hawk around.

There continue to be reports of eagles hit by cars…please slow down when you see an eagle feeding on roadkill.

There was a ribbon cutting last week for the first phase of the Great Sauk State Trail, becoming Wisconsin’s 42nd state trail.

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