Special events fill park calendars as berries flouish

Most of the state has been experiencing sunny, warm, and beautiful summer days.

These mild and sunny days have been great for canoeing and kayaking and many river water levels are moderate and perfect for paddling. The lower Wisconsin Rivers is running just about normal for this time of year, with many sandbars popping up.

Much of the state has been hovering at moderate fire danger, which means, in the right place, wildfires can happen. Nearly 60 wildfires have occurred across the state in July, mostly caused by fireworks or sparks from equipment.

Inland fishing has slowed but anglers are still reporting some success with panfish, largemouth bass and walleye.

Anglers have been having success catching yellow perch on Lake Winnebago and a decent walleye bite has been reported on Lake Poygon.

High numbers of boaters were out on Green Bay last week with most after walleyes. Anglers on the west shore experienced higher catch rates of three to four per person, than on the east shore where catch rates were just one to three.

Along Door County anglers fishing the Sturgeon Bay shoreline reported smallmouth bass, walleye and perch. Some yellow perch anglers found success with harvest being around 12 fish for a few hours on the water. Steelhead action has been good out of Baileys Harbor.

On Lake Michigan, fishing pressure out of Kewaunee and Algoma was heavy with anglers limiting out on rainbow trout and chinook salmon.

Fishing in Manitowoc/Two Rivers area is still slow with an average catch of three fish. Rainbows seem to dominate the catch.

Farther south many anglers were participating in the Salmon A-Rama. Fishing pressure was high out of Sheboygan, Port Washington, Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha with a few anglers catching some really nice chinook upwards of 25 to 30 pounds.

Blueberries produced a bumper crop this year. The berry picking season is still going, but it looks like the end is in sight now. Black-capped raspberries are still yielding, and the blackberry crop is a week or two off.

Butterflies are also having a good year. Monarch butterflies are coming out in force and their larvae are plentiful around stands of milkweed.

Horseflies and mosquitoes are also out so be prepared. Dragonflies are filling up on those pesky mosquitoes.

Look for the juvenile bald eagles, who have recently fledged and are now exploring different areas.

Bucks in velvet can be seen here and there if you are lucky.

The biggest bull elk in the Flambeau State Forest has been seen as a 6x6 with his extended antlers.

The lavenders of bergamot and fireweed are mixing in with the black eyed susans, compass plants, trefoil, yarrow and Queen Anne’s lace.

There were three workshops and performances of Shakespeare in the Park last weekend along the Hank Aaron State Trail Friday, Mirror Lake Saturday and Lake Kegonsa Sunday.

Devil’s Lake hosted a Fur Trade Encampment Friday and Saturday. The Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine and Rib Mountain both had concerts and Devil’s Lake had a Dance to Big Band music Saturday evening. Search the DNR website for “Get Outdoors,” for a complete listing of future events.

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