Published June 8, 2017 by the Central Office
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This past week brought hot and humid weather to a majority of the state, with small to large thunderstorms rolling across several counties. Water levels in some areas are still above normal but most are now at more seasonal averages. The lower Wisconsin River again has sandbars for camping.
Bluegill fishing is reported to be picking up. The warmer weather has brought water temperatures on some central Wisconsin lakes close to 70 degrees and bluegills are starting to make beds and will be spawning soon.
The Hexagenia mayfly hatch is just starting on central Wisconsin streams--a really good time to get a big trout. Caddis, blue-winged olive, crane fly and sulfur hatches have all also been observed within the last week.
The Wolf River has seen some good white bass fishing. Perch fishing is continuing to pick up on the Upriver Lakes and Lake Winnebago, while on southern end of Lake Winnebago bluegill are coming onto their beds with the warming water. It seems a combination of higher spring flows and abundant forage has extended the river bite for walleye on the Winnebago System, but Lake Winnebago anglers have had tougher luck with walleye, likely due to a higher amount of forage fish, such as gizzard shad, throughout the system. Bow fishers have landed more than their fill of carp in the past week on Lake Winnebago and on Green Bay.
Door County anglers fishing in the Sturgeon Bay area are reporting more smallmouth action with the warmer weather this past week, and report that fish are present in spawning areas, including larger females. Smallmouth can be seen on beds from Sturgeon Bay up to Gills Rock.
Coho and trout were the primary catches for anglers on southern Lake Michigan this past week. Reports from Sheboygan to Kenosha reported largely good success for coho, with mixes of brown and rainbow trout, as well as king salmon thrown in. In general, waters in that area are floating between the low and mid 50 degree marks.
Fawns will begin to reunite with their does soon and we continue to urge those who come across animals in the wild to Keep Wildlife Wild. The first grouse broods have been seen and also broods of ducks. Loon chicks are hatching. Wood and painted turtles are laying eggs.
Monitoring efforts detected an overwinter minimum wolf count of 925-956 and 232 packs in 2016-17. This represents a 6.8 percent increase from the 2015-16 minimum wolf count.
If you find yourself in some of Wisconsin's deciduous woods this weekend, keep your ear tuned for the song of the vireo. Warbling vireos are a bit larger than a black-capped chickadee and often found near developed areas that also feature tall trees. They have joined the host of other summer migrants soaking up the recent heat and local insect population.
Friday evening marks the full Strawberry Moon, which is also a full moon at or near "apogee," or the point in the moon's orbit where it is farthest from Earth and visually the smallest in size.
Wisconsin wolf monitoring data for 2016-17 is now available on the wolf management page of the Department of Natural Resources website. Monitoring efforts detected an overwinter minimum wolf count of 925-956 and 232 packs in 2016-17 - this represents a 6.8 percent increase from the 2015-16 minimum wolf count (866-897 and 222 packs). To view this information (found under the "reports" list) and learn more about wolves in Wisconsin, search dnr.wi.gov for keyword "wolf." Data available include the 2016-17 overwinter minimum wolf count and packs identified during the monitoring period collected with the assistance of more than 100 volunteer trackers. Volunteers contributed roughly half of the over 14,000 survey miles in 2016-17. To learn more about taking part in this monitoring program, search keyword "volunteer" and select "wolves and other mammals." Classes for new volunteers will be held in the fall of 2017. Wolf count efforts are conducted in winter when the population reaches its annual low point. Wolf pups born in spring cause population increases, followed by reductions resulting from pup and adult mortalities. Wolves remain listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act and management authority is held by the Federal government. Federal listing status restricts state management, including any lethal wolf management tools. Currently, DNR staff use non-lethal abatement in response to wolf conflicts.
Whitewater Oak Opening Unit Workday: June 10, 9 a.m. - noon. Get outside and help some large oaks thrive. Help volunteers during our second Saturday workdays. We will be spraying invasive brush to follow up on winter work and girdling aspen. Aspen is native but has increased with a lack of fire and can shade out native understory plants. Plan for hilly terrain. No experience necessary you will be trained on site.
Check the State Natural Areas Volunteer Program page of the DNR website for details. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane
Friday, June 9-June 11, 2017
Friday, June 9
Saturday, June 10
Sunday, June 11
Superior DNR Service Center area
Brule River State Forest - Summer arrived in full force this week. The temperatures have been in the 70s and 80s. The coming week looks like more warm weather is on the way, along with a chance of a thunderstorm nearly every day. The campgrounds are getting busier, canoeists and kayakers as well as anglers are active on the river. The river flow has slowed down and is now more in line with the seasonal average. Up-to-the-minute flows and river level are available at usgs.gov. Tomorrow night is the full Strawberry Moon. However, this month's full moon is actually a mini-moon. A mini-moon is a full moon that is at or near apogee, the point in the moon's orbit where it is farthest from Earth. This is the opposite of a super moon, which refers to a full moon that occurs at perigee, or the point where the moon is closest to Earth. Mini-moons look up to 14 percent smaller than super moons and are slightly less luminous than regular full moons. Check out the night sky over the next few nights and see if you can notice the difference between a regular moon and a mini-moon! Does are dropping their fawns. If you encounter a lone fawn in the woods please leave it be. They may appear orphaned but they are usually left alone for long periods of time to hide from predators more easily. Nuisance bear reports in the area remind us of the importance of being careful when we have wildlife interactions. Please make sure that you remove bird feeders and put your garbage in a place where it is not easily accessed by bears. A helpful article can be found at dnr.wi.gov by searching "living with bears [PDF]" to help you stay safe and keep wildlife wild. Family Fun Day this past Saturday was a success. Approximately 150 people attended the event. The weather cooperated with mild temperatures and just a few brief sprinkles of rain. Kids of all ages tried their hand at fly-tying, fishing, archery, and canoeing. The displays and demonstrations were popular, too. - Diane Gobin, visitor services associate
Park Falls DNR Service Center area
Flambeau River State Forest - Water levels are normal on the Flambeau River. Fishermen have been fishing the Flambeau River in hopes of catching musky, walleye and bass, with some success. The June full moon is Friday and it is known as the Time for Picking Strawberry Moon. Loon chicks are hatching. Blooming plants are everywhere. Groups of goslings are being seen. Song birds are defending their territories where the females are sitting on the nests and youngsters are appearing. Wood turtles and painted turtles are laying eggs and bears are soon to be breeding. The elk cows have been making calf scouting moves and some may have already calved. Be sure to drive safely as the roads are full of this years' youngsters, elk calves, deer fawns, birds and turtles. ATV/UTV trails are open for use. There is a detour on the north end of the Forest trail between Hwy E and Hwy 70. This detour is about 200 yards. Hiking Trails are open throughout the Forest. The weather forecast indicates Friday will be mostly sunny with a high of 78 and a low of 56. Saturday, will be partly to mostly sunny, breezy and a high of 89 and low of 68, and Sunday will be hot with a high of 90 and low of 69. - Diane Stowell, forestry technician advanced and visitor services associate
Woodruff DNR Service Center area
Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - The landscape has changed dramatically since Memorial Day in the forest. The "green wall" has grown and all the birds and animals can hide easily from the casual passerby. Fawns are starting to appear, joining the many other forest and water babies under the watchful eyes of their Moms. The dainty Starflower and False Lily of the Valley are dotting the forest floor, joining the polygala, wild strawberries, and the many types of violets. Lupine, daisies and hawkweed are just starting to appear. One just needs to stop and look to see their delicate beauty. Chokecherry and highbush cranberries are blooming, and the blackberry is not far behind. The mosquitos are awaiting visitors! - Rosalie Richter, visitor services associate
Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report
Marinette County - Numerous bow fishing boats have been observed from the mouth area of the Peshtigo River north and south along the Bay Shore. Cloudy water has made fishing interesting. With the wind and rain no interviews were available at Little River. The Menominee River has been running fast and dirty with three to four gates open creating current problems for boaters. Some musky are still being caught around the Interstate Bridge and Boom Island using large crank baits and spinners. Slack water areas are starting to produce some very nice small mouth. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Oconto County - Walleye fishing off Geano Beach on the west shore of Green Bay has been very inconsistent lately, likely due to the colder water from the west winds. Anglers launching from Geano Beach found mixed success with a few anglers catching very close to their limit of five fish. On the other hand many more anglers found only one or none at all. The bait that seems to be working when you find the school of fish is number 7 flicker shads with many colors being successful. Other fish anglers caught were freshwater drum, channel catfish and a few yellow perch. - Derek Apps, fisheries technician, Green bay
Anglers below the Dam at Stiles on the Oconto River report catching some smallmouth and the occasional panfish using live baits and plastics. High water has been the biggest obstacle to catching fish. The mouth of the Oconto River has been producing some smallmouth, perch, pike and catfish, the numbers have been low. The walleye bite has still been best south of the Oconto Breakwater with anglers trolling with crawler/harness, and jigging rock piles and reefs. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Brown County - Walleye anglers at the Suamico River launch have struggled to find a consistent bite with water temperatures much colder compared to the east shore of Green Bay. Most anglers targeting walleyes found two to three fish on average per boat interviewed. Anglers also reported a lot of short fish being caught with a good number of 15-18 inch fish being kept for dinner. Along with walleyes anglers also caught northern pike, white bass, freshwater drum, channel catfish, yellow perch, and white perch. On Duck Creek, bow-fishermen were out in good numbers over the weekend and did very well. One boat had three 55 gallon drums filled to the top with common carp shot the night before. Most of the fishing pressure in the Fox River lately has been aimed at Muskellunge with a few anglers finding some good success. Most of the musky anglers are throwing blade baits, or plastic right now with blade baits seeming to be a bit more successful. Musky anglers seem to be locked on to the west shore of the Fox River in six feet or less. Walleye anglers found a pretty good bite on both the Fox River and boats running from Metro Boat Launch up to University Bay. Anglers are seeing quite a few small fish below the length limit but are getting good numbers of legal sized fish to boot. Trolling flicker shads in 12-15 feet has produced very nicely for angler in the bay, with anglers in the river catching good numbers on jig and plastic combos. Other fish species being caught are freshwater drum, common carp, channel catfish, and white bass. Water temperatures are up in the high 60s to low 70s and increasing with the abundant sun we have had lately. - Derek Apps, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Warm weather later on in the week brought out the anglers and gave them increased success compared to earlier in the week. The majority of anglers launching out of Bayshore were after walleye and found considerable success, with most boats catching over 10 fish. The majority of the boats encountered were harvesting multiple fish with about 20 percemt of them catching their limit for a half days worth of fishing. There were also a few perch anglers out who had more of mixed results compared to the walleye fishermen. Some found fish and put over 10 fish in the cooler while others were lucky to harvest a couple. Shore anglers out found themselves catching mostly goby. While out fishing anglers also caught freshwater drum, white bass, and catfish. - Adam Garlie, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Door County - Most anglers fishing in the Sturgeon Bay area are still targeting smallmouth. Boat anglers are reporting more action with the warmer weather this past week, and reports say that fish are -present in spawning areas, including larger females. Some anglers have reported fish in the 17-18-inch range, but no monsters have been reported yet. A few anglers also tried for some pike with limited success. Some boaters took to bowfishing with the warm, sunny weather over the weekend, and their reports indicated that many carp are in the shallow, weedier water preparing to spawn as well. Shore anglers at Sunset Park and Stone Quarry landings have still been struggling from the reports I have collected, and some anglers are reporting that the fishing isn't as good as previous years at this time, so hopefully with some more warm weather the shore anglers will have better opportunities for fishing. A couple anglers fishing near the Stone Harbor Resort managed a couple rock bass on plastics, but that was the extent of reported catches. - Jacob Steckmesser, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay
Chaudoir's dock has seen increased success this week compared to last but the fishing was not as good as Bayshore. Most boats were bringing in walleye but only harvesting three to five fish for a half days trip. There has been a consistent catch of white bass, freshwater drum, and catfish with the occasional northern pike. On Little Sturgeon Bay, earlier on in the week bass anglers were having trouble finding fish with most boats only catching one to six fish for a half-days-worth of fishing. There were some anglers though, who did catch over 20 fish for the same amount of time spent on the water. There were a few walleye anglers out finding average success catching between zero to three walleyes for half a day's trip. Most anglers off Sawyer's Harbor were fishing for smallmouth bass finding below average results. Some boats only found a few fish while others caught over 10 fish for half a day's effort. Anglers out fishing also caught the occasional freshwater drum and walleye while out fishing for bass. - Adam Garlie, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Warm weather is finally here and the water temps are following. Many of the bays and coves along northern Door County are reaching surface temps of 60 degrees. Smallmouth can be seen on beds from Sturgeon Bay up to Gills Rock. The females have moved up and are now being caught mixed amongst the males. Bass have been caught on a variety of baits from live crawlers and minnows to wacky worms and hair jigs. Smallmouth action in Rowleys Bay remains consistent. Smallmouth has been the main focus of anglers throughout the area so there is no other fishing action to report. - Benjamin Thome, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay
Kewaunee County - Salmon fishing has remained consistent in both Kewaunee and Algoma, although it seems that the boats fishing south of Kewaunee, near the power plant, have produced the most fish. Most of the fish coming in are rainbows and coho still, with only a few chinook. Many rainbows in the 10 -12 pound range have been caught, with the biggest recorded this past week at just over 15 pounds! Coho have been under 4 pounds for the most part, but that has many anglers ready to head home and fire up the grill for some fresh fish! The chinook that have been caught have been quality, with half or more recorded fish over 12 pounds. Rainbows and coho are still being caught high in the water column, often down 30 feet or less, and some rainbows have taken spoons dragged right under the surface. Bright colored spoons have been working well for rainbows, and coho have been taken most frequently on red/orange dodgers with a green/blue coho fly. The chinook that have been caught have come deeper in the water, with most anglers reporting fish 50-80 feet down, up to 150 feet down. The reported lures that have taken the most chinooks have been green flashers with a green or blue fly, and some have also come on blue spoons. A few lake trout have also come in this past week, and most reports of them come from 300-plus feet of water, higher in the water column like the rainbows and coho. Fishing reports were best this past week when the weather had been consistent from about Tuesday-Friday, and water temps were reported to be mid-40s near-shore and up to low 50s in 200-300 feet of water. Most anglers still targeted the 80-200 foot-deep range this past week. - Jacob Steckmesser, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay
Manitowoc County - Anglers boating on Lake Michigan have been reporting great success throughout the past week. On Memorial Day several boaters were out enjoying the nice weather and catching steelhead and some salmon. Anglers were out over the weekend in Two Rivers for a carp tournament. The first day started out slow with not many carp being collected; however, there was more success on Sunday. There were a great amount of boaters using the ramp Sunday morning at the Manitowoc Marina with a lot of success for chinook and king salmon. - Mallary Schenian, fisheries technician, Mishicot
Peshtigo DNR Service Center area
Marinette County - Recent rains have kept Marinette county rivers very high. Mosquitos, gnats, and flies are all present in some areas of the county with a few ticks thrown in for good measure. Overall though the bugs and weather have been good and the forecast is for more of the same. Bluegill fishing is reported to be picking up. Fawns are being sighted more often. Oyster mushrooms are being found on dead aspen trees. Garlic mustard has now begun to seed out. Pine tree pollen is thick on breezy days with some areas of the county having a daytime fog of pollen. Pink lady slippers are in bloom. - Aaron McCullough, wildlife technician, Wausaukee
Oconto County - Oconto County has been busy with boaters and ATV ing. Some trail systems in the Towns of Bagley and Brazeau "pipeline area" have been closed due to bad trail conditions due to the rain. Northern Oconto County has received lots of rain and lake levels are up. Panfish are be caught everywhere. Lots of bugs are out especially butterflies. - Paul Hartrick, conservation warden, Oconto
Shawano County - The bluegill in Shawano Lake are starting to make beds and will soon be spawning. The warmer weather has brought us close to the 70 degree water temperatures the bluegill prefer to spawn in. A reminder to fishermen that the bag limit for panfish is 25. The spawn will be beginning soon on White Clay Lake as well. There is a daily panfish bag limit of 25 there as well, but only a maximum of 10 per species. With the warmer water temperatures, boating activities are picking up on Shawano Lake. Be sure to check that your boat includes all of the required safety equipment to operate. - Clark Delzer, conservation warden, Shawano
Green Bay DNR Service Center area
Manitowoc County - Water temperatures have increased which has sparked panfish spawning on most lakes in Manitowoc County. Anglers are reporting the most success in the morning and evening. Cedar Lake still has higher than normal water levels, the Lakes Association has requested all boaters stay farther away from docks and shore when going faster than slow no wake. The forecast is predicting hot, humid, and windy weather conditions this weekend. It would be a good time to hit the beach of Lake Michigan to cool off. All hiking and biking trailers are open at Point Beach State Forest. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors! - Alyssa Neff-Miller, conservation warden, Mishicot
Wautoma DNR Service Center area
Waupaca County - Beautiful weather week - 70s and sunny. Most streams in pretty good shape for fishing--normal water levels, slightly elevated on north end. Hexagenia mayfly hatch is just starting--really good time to get a big trout. Have heard reports of bluegills biting well on area lakes. Saw my first brood of grouse this week, also first two broods of ducks. Fawns should start hanging out with mom pretty soon now. Deer ticks have gone dormant, some wood ticks out yet. Mosquitos are nothing short of abundant. If our current dry spell keeps going, bugs should die down. - Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma
Anglers have been enjoying catching panfish in shallow water on area lakes in the Wautoma area. Fly rods and bobbers with a small bait have resulted in most success. White bass fishing on the Wolf River is starting to slow down. Anglers are still making decent catches in the Fremont area and downstream. Water temperatures are warming up and many are enjoying kayaking and paddleboard sports. - Ted Dremel, conservation warden, Wautoma
Waushara County - It's going to be a hot one out there this weekend and a great time to take advantage of the parks, campgrounds, and lakes we have. Make sure to always remember safety and respect others that are out there enjoying the outdoors. Young animals are starting to appear from their hiding places and venture out, if you come across a baby remember to keep wildlife wild and look, but don't touch! Enjoy the weekend and as always be safe out there! - Ben Mott, conservation warden, Wautoma
Oshkosh DNR Service Center area
Fond du Lac County - Southern Lake Winnebago is just starting to see the panfish bite increase, with bluegills coming into their beds as water temperatures warm up. Walleye action has been slow on the lake with most anglers mixing trolling and jigging the reefs. As June progresses anglers hope to see some increased action. Bow fishermen and women have been active with carp being found in the shallow edges of the lake. Lake Winnebago is full of summer migratory birds, with pelicans and cormorants often seen soaring overhead making a day on the lake enjoyable, whether the fish are biting or not. - William Hankee, conservation warden, Fond du Lac
Outagamie County - Walleye fishing on the Winnebago System has been slower this year due to a high amount of forage fish, particularly gizzard shad throughout the system. Therefore, the walleye bite has been hit and miss thus far with most anglers struggling to find consistency. Some anglers have reported that the combination of high spring flows and abundant forage in the Wolf River has led to a more prolonged river bite for walleyes. Anglers are still using jigs to drift the Wolf River, while various presentations including trolling, jigging, and slip bobbers are being used on the Upriver Lakes and Lake Winnebago. The walleye population continues to be strong on the Winnebago System with strong year classes from 2008, 2011, and 2013 fueling the fishery. Anglers have reported catching a large amount of fingerling (seven to nine inches) walleye this year, which can be attributed to the strong year class of walleye produced in 2016. White bass fishing, particularly near the Fremont area on the Wolf River has been producing good action. Panfishing has been more hit and miss this spring. Crappie fishing has been slower than in years past, but some anglers have reported catching a few nice sized crappies throughout the spring. Yellow perch fishing has been fair on the system, with the best reports coming from the Upriver Lakes. Perch fishing on the Upriver Lakes and Lake Winnebago should pick up as the summer progresses. - Adam Nickel, fisheries biologist, Oshkosh
Milwaukee DNR Service Center area
Southern Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled from creel clerks by Cheryl Masterson and Jeffrey Zinuticz, fisheries technicians, Milwaukee
Sheboygan County - A few anglers tried their luck on North and South piers this weekend with some limited success. A few coho salmon were caught off both piers by anglers casting or jigging spoons or using live alewives on bottom rigs. Water temperature has been around 48 degrees. Angling pressure from boaters this weekend seemed a little less than last weekend, but boats are still doing well with limits of coho salmon and the occasional rainbow trout or chinook salmon. Boats have fished from 45 to 180 feet of water, with most fish coming in the top 20 feet of the water column. Boats are getting fish north, straight out, and south of Sheboygan now. Coho flasher/fly combos ran high with inline weights behind planer boards have been the best. Water temperature here has been around 48 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit near the surface.
Ozaukee County - Fishing effort from Port Washington shore has slightly increased as a few more coho salmon and brown trout have been caught recently from Coal Dock Park and the South Pier. Baits of choice have been alewives on bottom rigs, casting spoons, or jigging a variety of spoons or jigs. The boat launch at Port Washington was a bit crowded again this weekend with the knowledge of the great fishing as well as Port's Pirate Fest occurring. Many limits of coho were reported along with a few rainbow trout and the occasional chinook salmon. Anglers reported catches of fish from 60 to 200 feet of water with the best action being from 80 feet of water to 180 feet of water. There really has been no consistency of the right depth of water to find fish, but more just finding a school and continue to pass over that school of fish. Most anglers have still been catching the coho and the occasional rainbow trout have come on typical coho flies ran behind an orange dodger with an inline weight behind a planer board. The chinook have come on some trolling spoons or flasher/fly combos down 40 to 100 feet on down riggers. Surface temperature has been right around 49 degrees Fahrenheit.
Milwaukee County - - The fishing pressure and catch rate on the shoreline was low for another week. Most of the baitfish continued to stay offshore in deeper water. The surface water temperature on the lakeside of McKinley Pier increased even though winds were out of the west nearly every day of the week. The water temperature on the lake side of the pier was 51 degrees on Sunday, June 4, 48 last week, and 45 two weeks ago. Schools of alewives were seen on the lake side of the pier but the schools weren't large enough to draw trout and salmon into shallow water. Only a few coho were landed on the pier during the week. Anglers fishing at the Lakeshore State Park lagoons are starting to target warm water fish instead of trout and salmon. The water temperature in the lagoons was 59 degrees on Sunday, June 4. Schools of large carp were swimming along the shoreline in the lagoons and schools of large carp are starting to show up in McKinley Marina. Boats out of McKinley continue to target coho salmon straight out from the Milwaukee harbor. The majority of coho landed this week were caught in 100-150 feet of water. Large thunderstorms rolled across the lakefront on Saturday morning. Static electricity crackled and danced across fishing rods before the storm rolled in. Anglers felt strong electric shocks through their fishing poles and reels as they quickly pulled lines in order to get off the lake. A few coho salmon and brown trout were landed on the Grant Park shoreline by anglers bottom fishing with alewives. Anglers landed a couple of brown trout and small coho in the current on the lake side of the Oak Creek Power Plant fishing pier but the catch rate was very low. The surface water temperature on the lake side of the pier was 53 degrees on Sunday, June 4. Boaters out of Bender Park continue to target coho salmon straight out from the harbor in 90-140 feet of water and 160-200 feet of water, landing limits within 45 minutes while trolling 12 miles offshore.
Racine County - Anglers off the ramp have been consistently catching coho salmon. A few boats have caught limits, but most are not. The average is about nine fish per boat with the majority being coho salmon, although a few lake trout, steelhead, and king salmon have been caught as well. Anglers have caught their fish from 70-150 feet of water. Red dodger/fly combos are working the best, but a few fish are being caught on spoons as well. Most boats have reported that spoon and fly color did not seem to matter, but a few boats said green, blue, and yellow, or green and blue were best. Anglers reported getting the most bites while running their lures from 40 feet down up to 5 feet under the surface. The surface water temperature was 54-55 degrees. Pier anglers reported brown trout and coho salmon caught this week. All of the fish were caught on alewives on bottom rigs. The water temperature was 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
Kenosha County - At the ramp a few anglers are catching limits, but most are not. The average number of fish caught per boat is about 10 and a majority of those fish are coho salmon, but a few lake trout and steelhead have been caught as well. Anglers seem to be having the most success fishing in 60-120 feet of water. They reported catching most of their fish on dodger/fly combos and spoons, and reported that color did not seem to matter. The water temperature was 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway - Weekly Riverway Video Report (exit DNR ) At Muscoda the river is still slightly above normal for this time of year, but there are ample sandbar camping opportunities at this water level. Getting ready for a blast of heat this weekend. If you're out on the river make sure you have plenty of water along.- Mark Cupp, executive director Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board
Baldwin DNR Service Center area
Kinnickinnic State Park - All trails are currently open for foot travel. Surfaces vary from dirt and dead leaves, to grass and gravel. Insect repellant is strongly recommended. Ticks in the long grass and mosquitos in the wooded areas are quite abundant. The Kinnickinnic River currently running at slightly above normal levels, but clarity is generally good. Caddis, blue-winged olive, crane fly and sulfur hatches have all been observed within the last week. Kayakers are enjoying the warm summer weather and are especially plentiful on weekend afternoons. The St. Croix River level is declining. It is currently at about 681 feet above mean sea level and is expected to drop below 679 feet within the next week. At 683 feet the entire river becomes a "Slow No Wake" zone. The high water has greatly diminished the amount of usable beach at the park. Use caution when approaching the beach in a watercraft. Most of the fire rings are submerged and not easily visible. Each pit should be marked with a T-post, but an unintentional collision will likely cause damage. Flowers have started to bloom and young fawns have been seen romping through out the park. - Eric Klumb, ranger
La Crosse DNR Service Center area
Vernon County - Warbling vireos are one of the most common breeding songbirds in Wisconsin and are probably present in a deciduous woods near you. These bubbly songsters, which are a little larger than a black-capped chickadee, seem to thrive in the vicinity of human activity, especially where there are tall trees. They are, however, easier to hear than to see. Its fast, rollicking, distinctive song is sung by the male from high treetops, where they spend most of their time. The male's song is a rapid, undulating, variable song lasting about 3 seconds and concludes with an accented note that is somewhat higher pitched. Warbling vireos usually suspend their woven, rounded, hanging cup nests from a horizontally forked slender branch high in deciduous trees. Their baseball-sized nests resemble a round oriole nest. Caterpillars, pupae, and adult moths and butterflies comprise the bulk of warbling vireo summer diets. They also consume lesser amounts of ladybugs, beetles, bees, wasps, ants, and spiders. Foraging occurs mainly in treetops, where food items are gleaned from leaves and twigs. Clutch size averages four eggs, with most parents raising only a single brood per summer. Female warbling vireos are known to regularly destroy and remove from their nests eggs of brood parasitic brown-headed cowbirds. - Dave Matheys, wildlife biologist, Viroqua