Sprint is on as Spring leaves the starting blocks

Spring is exploding right into summer across Wisconsin. You would never know that just three weeks ago the Northwoods was covered with ice and snow.

Memorial Day weekend kicked of the unofficial start to summer and many of the reservable campsite at state parks and forests were booked.

The best remaining camping opportunities can be found in the non-reservable campsites in northern state forests.

The lower Wisconsin River continues to run high, but there were signs of sandbars beginning to emerge in some areas as water slowly drops.

Fields and forests have greened up, and regular rains have kept fire danger low to moderate across most of the state with just a few areas still in high fire danger.

Through the spring fire season 639 wildfires burned from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 1,800 acres; 53 structures were destroyed and another 441 were threatened, but saved.

Wisconsin’s northern zone musky season opened Saturday and spring fish assessments are showing anglers won’t be disappointed with what they find, with many fish over 40 inches netted and released.

Overall, fishing success was fair along the west shore of Green Bay last week. Some anglers were catching good numbers of walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. Fishing pressure was high at Oconto for the perch opener. Anglers on the pier were having a lot of success catching perch, northern pike and the occasional walleye. The walleye bite on the east shore was more consistent with many boats at Bayshore catching close to their limit.

Bass fishing has started to heat up off Door County with some anglers reporting fish moving onto beds at Little Sturgeon Bay.

The Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament attracted anglers not only from Wisconsin but competitors traveled from Illinois and Michigan. The winner caught five smallmouth bass for a total of about 29 pounds.

Cold, windy, and foggy conditions caused very little boat traffic on Lake Michigan. The few who did go out had little luck; however, a few anglers reported landing mostly coho and the occasional chinook.

Young wild animals such as deer fawns, rabbit and raccoon kits, fox and coyote pups, ducklings, and goslings are out and active all over.

Most wild mothers watch their young from a distance, and what you think is an abandoned baby animal may be perfectly safe. If you see a young wild animal you think is injured or orphaned, visit the DNR webpage and search keyword “Keep Wildlife Wild” to learn what to do.

Coyote pups are becoming more active, and their parents are traveling more in search of food for their young. Although coyotes rarely cause a problem people should keep a close eye on pets whenever they are outside.

The spring turkey season is almost done, with many turkey hunters successful this spring.

Fledged young have been reported for mallard, wood duck, hooded merganser, Canada goose, great horned owl, sandhill crane, mourning dove, red crossbill, and American robin.Dragonflies, damselflies, and butterflies are all active. Unfortunately, mosquitoes, flies and ticks have also made an appearance.

Wood anemones, violets, marsh marigolds, blueberries, wild strawberries, Juneberries and pin cherries are in bloom.

Hepatica are still showing blooms in cooler areas, and bellwort, jack-in-the-pulpit Canada Mayflower, clintonia, dwarf lake iris and other ephemerals starting to bloom. Morel mushrooms have begun to pop up


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