Anglers welcome Fox river walleye run with open arms

Winter simply refuses to surrender this year. Snow depths range from a foot in central and parts of eastern Wisconsin with still more than 20 inches in the far north.

The Brule River State Forest and Pattison State Park have continued to maintain ski trails but grooming has ended at all other properties. And a reminder, even if areas did get substantial snow last weekend, snowmobile trails are now closed in all counties. Many trails run on private property through easements that have ended for the season.

Some northern lakes also still have substantial ice cover with 20 inches or more of ice. Lakes are opening up through central Wisconsin and most lakes in the south are open.

Walleye runs have begun on both the Wolf and Fox rivers and there has been some great walleye action on the Wolf for the past 10 days.

There have still been hundreds of shore anglers and boaters out to catch a trophy walleye on the Fox with one group catching upward of 60 walleye this week.

The Oconto River downstream of Stiles Dam is open and the walleye run is currently underway there as well.

The number of anglers is slowly beginning to increase along the Menominee and Peshtigo rivers. However, the number of fish being caught is still low.

The ice fishing season is definitely over on the west shore of Green Bay, with ice breaking up and the ice mass shifting with open water visible.

All Door County boat landings on the Bay side are still locked with ice. There are pockets of open water in some near shore areas but the harbors are still frozen solid.

The Sturgeon Bay canal has been producing some northern pike and brown trout for anglers trolling and shore fishing.

Boat landings on the Lake Michigan side are all open and a few anglers have been out in search of browns, with a good bite in Baileys Harbor. Steelhead fishing has been picking up with anglers having success fishing spawn sack in local creeks.

On Lake Michigan tributaries anglers were targeting steelhead on the Sheboygan River with reasonable success. Sauk Creek remains low and few steelhead have been reported.

There were 15 fishing clinics set for April 14 in southeastern

Wisconsin. Kids 15 and under could learn how to fish with clinics run hourly from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Milwaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha counties at park ponds stocked with fish.

Turkeys are gobbling, displaying and toms can be seen roaming around all hours of the day in perfect timing for the youth turkey hunt last weekend and the start of the spring turkey season on April 19.

Hunters still looking for a leftover turkey permit, can check availability on the DNR website searching keyword “turkey.”

The hunt this weekend was a struggle with the cold weather but the upside of our current weather pattern is no reports of ticks out.

Loons and other waterbirds continue to stack up south of Wausau and Green Bay where water bodies are ice free.

Raptor migration has been excellent the past few days with many red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, sharp-shinned hawks, and bald eagles moving north, a few golden eagles, red-shouldered hawks, and ospreys among them.


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