Fall bird migration starts as favorites head south

from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources It was a relatively dry week across most of the state with warm temperatures making outdoor recreation pleasant.

Water levels remain at seasonal norms on most rivers and canoers and kayakers have been out in force. Central Wisconsin trout streams are getting pretty low right now and could use some rain.

Work continues at Pattison and Amnicon state parks to repair damage from the June flood event. Crews are adding rock and gravel to washout areas, as well as replacing bridges and almost 300 cubic yards of sand was added to the Little Falls Lake beach to replace what was lost from the flood, but the beach remains closed while the lake is drawn down to repair the dam.

Walleye fishing also continues to be good on the west and east shores of Green Bay with parking lots filled at Geano Beach and Suamico over the weekend and anglers aver- aging two to seven fish with a few boats catching their limit.

Many reported catching numerous freshwater drum, catfish and an occasional northern pike. Yellow perch fishing is slowly starting to pick up with a few anglers catching 10 perch for a few hours out.

Smallmouth action has been good along Door County, with all the piers and harbors from the Sturgeon Bay hipping canal north to Gills Rock producing good numbers of bass.

Consistent success on large yellow perch as well was had in the shipping canal. Out past the canal folks were coming back with chinook in 150-200 feet of water.

On Lake Michigan, fishing pressure was heavy for the majority of the week out of Kewaunee and was picking up at Manitowoc.

Anglers were catching rainbow trout and king salmon along with lake trout and brown trout.

There was heavy fishing pressure at Algoma due to a weekend festival and folks were coming back with large rainbows and kings along with a few lake and brown trout.

Good numbers of lake trout were caught out of Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha with the occasional rainbow, brown, and chinook.

Canada Geese are now starting to fly around and are frequenting the harvested grain fields.

Wild Turkey poults are being seen frequently along the road edges and fields. Fall bonus wild turkey harvest authorizations went on sale August 18 beginning. Check for turkey permit availability on the DNR website.

Prairie flowers are in full bloom. Keep your eyes open for prairie blazing star, stiff goldenrod, rattlesnake master, and many more.

Ready or not the fall bird migration is here!

Shorebird migration is near peak with Horicon Marsh a hotspot.

Warbler migration has also really picked up, especially across the north, with good numbers of warblers and at least a dozen species.

Other favorites like rosebreasted grosbeaks, Baltimore orioles, and indigo buntings have also begun to head south.

The Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery hosted a seminar Saturday with presentations on lake sturgeon and on how the hatchery is helping return this ancient species to its home waters.

And if you were heading up to the Lake Superior to visit, Madeline Island there was a fun-filled day Saturday for Big Bay State Park's 24th Annual Sand Castle Day.

For all such events search the DNR website for “Get Outdoors.”

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