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Outdoor ReportPublished October 11, 2018

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For current statewide information on statewide fall color, log onto the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR).

This will be a great weekend for fall colors across Wisconsin with color at peak or just past across the north and much of central Wisconsin and from 25 to 50 percent color in southern Wisconsin on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR). The past week has once again been very wet and gray. There have been a few snowflakes in the air in the far north, but not any accumulation yet.

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Fall Color at Pattison State Park

Recent rains continue to have rivers flowing well above normal for this time of year. The Bois Brule, Flambeau, Chippewa, Black, Menominee, Peshtigo and Oconto rivers all surged over the weekend. The Menominee river shot up 4,000 cubic feet per second to 7,000 cfs by Sunday. The lower Wisconsin River is back on the rise after beginning to fall last week and was at over 26,000 cfs at Muscoda, meaning most sandbars are again under water. Lake Superior experienced some major wave action along the south shore this week making it too rough to boat.

The rain has once again shut down some popular trails in the state due to flooding. The Sugar River is closed in its entirety and the sections of the Badger are closed again. The Elroy-Sparta and 400 trails remain closed from storm damage in August.

Anglers on the Wolf River were catching crappies. Central Wisconsin trout streams are out of their banks and unfishable. This may have realistically ended the inland trout season as waters may not be fishable before the Oct. 15 closing.

Spawning Chinook Salmon on the Milwaukee River. - Photo credit: Reni Rydlewicz
Spawning Chinook Salmon on the Milwaukee River.Photo credit: Reni Rydlewicz

Lake Michigan was also rough keeping many boats off the water but the trout and salmon runs on tributaries continued despite high river levels. Fishing pressure was high on the Kewaunee, Ahnapee, East and West Twin and Manitowoc rivers and Stony Creek with folks crowding around some dams. Many dark brown and black chinook were being caught.

The cold front coming towards the end of the week is predicted to bring in another wave of migrating waterfowl. Duck numbers continue to increase and good numbers of pintail, wigeon, gadwall, bufflehead, mallard, wood duck, and blue and green-winged are being seen. Duck hunters in the northern zone have been successful harvesting ducks and the southern and Mississippi duck and Canada goose zones reopen Saturday.

Deer hunters are reporting that buck deer are starting to show some early chasing activity. More than 14,000 deer have been harvested so far by crossbow and archery hunters and another 7,000 deer were harvested in the Youth Hunt last weekend.

Raptor migration should be excellent this week with great diversity, including merlins, sharp-shinned, red-shouldered, and red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, harriers, eagles, and others. Sandhill cranes and common loons are both flocking up now.

There are a lot of fall color activities this weekend including a hike atop Rib Mountain or on the Ice Age Trail through Kettle Moraine. The MacKenzie Center is holding its Fall Festival Saturday. And Saturday and Sunday the Horicon Visitor and Education Center will host an archaeological festival with a buckskinners encampment, a drum circle and more. Learn about the Lake Michigan salmon fishery at the Root River Steelhead Facility Open House Saturday. This is also the last opportunity of the year to take in the UW Astronomy Dept. Universe in the Parks programs that will be held Friday at Newport and Saturday at Devil's Lake, Kohler-Andrae and Peninsula.


Statewide Birding Report

It was a slow week for migration due to persistent rain and lack of northerly winds. That should change in the week ahead, however, so expect birding to improve in most habitats. Only a few neotropical migrants linger now, mostly in the southern third of the state. Among them are a few ruby-throated hummingbirds yet. Now is a time to check your hummingbirds closely for rufous and other rare species. Chimney swift numbers were great at some southern locations too, an impressive 3,000-plus still visiting a single roost chimney in Waukesha County. Warbler diversity has waned as only yellow-rumps, palms, and a few orange-crowneds remain in numbers.

Short-distance migrants like robins, blackbirds, kinglets, creepers, hermit thrushes, and sparrows now dominate. Dark-eyed juncos prevail across the north, while the first American tree sparrows have arrived. White-throated, chipping, fox, and even a few Harris's sparrows are also being seen. Check shorelines, weedy gravel patches, and bare fields for American pipits, horned larks, and Lapland longspurs, as well as the first snow buntings due to arrive any day now. Raptor migration should be excellent this week with great diversity, including merlins, sharp-shinned, red-shouldered, and red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, harriers, eagles, and others. Sandhill cranes and common loons are both flocking up now. Large numbers of American white pelicans were also reported on the Mississippi River but it's early yet for significant numbers of tundra swans. Duck migration will improve throughout the month.

Looking back, Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II recently released results of the summer nesting season. Looking ahead, this year's Winter Finch Forecast (exit DNR) predicts a potentially good year for a number of sought-after winter bird species like redpolls and grosbeaks. Indeed, red-breasted nuthatches and purple finches are already showing very well, and a few bohemian waxwings are on the move. Some of this week's rarities include a scissor-tailed flycatcher in Calumet County, white-eyed vireo in Marathon, northern mockingbird in Ozaukee, and little gull in Eau Claire. Report your finds at Good birding! - Ryan Brady, conservation biologist, Ashland

October is a good time to check shorelines and weedy open areas for migrating horned larks (pictured), American pipits, Lapland longspurs, and soon enough - Snow Buntings!  - Photo credit: Ryan Brady
October is a good time to check shorelines and weedy open areas for migrating horned larks (pictured), American pipits, Lapland longspurs, and soon enough - Snow Buntings! Photo credit: Ryan Brady


Upcoming featured events at Wisconsin recreational properties

This will be a great weekend for fall colors across Wisconsin with color at peak across the north and from 25 to 50 percent color across central and southern Wisconsin. On Saturday view the colors from atop Rib Mountain during a monthly hike or in the Kettle Moraine on an Ice Age Trail hike or at the MacKenzie Center which is holding its Fall Festival. The Wisconsin Science Festival will be bringing UW geology students to Peninsula for a Rock and Roll Fossils program. Or learn about flint knapping at Interstate, SCUBA diving at Richard Bong or the Lake Michigan salmon fishery at the Root River Steelhead Facility Open House. Saturday and Sunday the Horicon Visitor and Education Center will host an archaeological festival with a buckskinners encampment, a drum circle, vendors and more! This is also your last opportunity of the year to take in the UW Astronomy Dept. Universe in the Parks programs that will be held Friday at Newport and Saturday at Devil's Lake, Kohler-Andrae and Peninsula.Click on the links below for highlighted programs this weekend or click on Get Outdoors," for a complete listing of events.

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Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14

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Upcoming State Natural Area Workday

October 17, 9 a.m.-noon - Rocky Run Workday - Help care for this site and learn something in the process. Rocky Run is a priority site because it is large, has rich sand prairie and oak savanna, and rare plants and animals live there. We are expanding the good areas by removing pine plantations, brush, and spreading native seed. On Wednesday Oct 17 we will be spraying invasives.

Check the State Natural Areas Volunteer Program page of the DNR website for details. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane


Northern Region

Superior DNR Service Center area

Fall color on the Bois Brule River. - Photo credit: DNR
Fall color on the Bois Brule River.Photo credit: DNR

Brule River State Forest - This week has once again been very wet and gray with high temperatures only reaching into the 40s all week. We have seen a few snowflakes in the air, but have not had any accumulation. But now it looks like the rain has ended for a while and the coming week will bring some much needed sun. The fall colors are at peak, so come on out and enjoy the autumn weather. The river flow is running at just under 500 cfs--very high for this time of year. Since the rain has ended, the river flow should begin to drop, making fishing and a fall paddle trip more enjoyable. A new video, "Welcome to the Brule River!" , contains some gorgeous views of the forest, Bois Brule river, and Lake Superior shoreline. The video is less than 4 minutes in length and contains some important information about paddling the river. A new bridge is in the works on the Coyote Loop of the snowshoe trail at the AfterHours trail system. There is still work to be done on the trail approach, but things will be wrapped up in time for the upcoming snowshoe season. - Diane Gobin, visitor services associate

Pattison State Park - A wet and wonderful fall at Pattison State Park. We are currently at peak color here at the park. Due to the wet and cold weather we have experienced the last few weeks, the fall colors are vibrant in the area. The Friends of Pattison and Amnicon Falls State Parks hosted a Fall Colorama at Pattison this past Sunday. Well over one hundred people participated with the fun family activities such as a scavenger hunt, making apple cider, fall-themed crafts and snacking on fresh cobbler made on site by a local boy scout troop, along with many other visitors to the park enjoying the fall colors and waterfalls. This would be a perfect week to drive through Northwest Wisconsin and make your way up to Pattison State Park to enjoy the color and waterfalls. A vehicle admission sticker is required when visiting Pattison State Park. - Gervase Thompson, ranger

Ashland DNR Service Center area

Iron County - Peak color is very near. This past weekend all but aspen and some tamarack were their fall colors. I would suggest to get up to NC Wisconsin soon to see the yellows of the sugar maple as the leaves are beginning to fall. Conditions have been extremely wet with high water levels and pooled ATV trails. Beavers have taken advantage of these conditions and are continuing to do more damage along roadsides and infrastructure. Trout have been running and are expected to continue to throughout this weekend. Lake Superior has been too rough to boat on near Saxon Harbor with northern winds causing large waves. Lake Superior fishermen are docking out of Chequamegon Bay in hopes of calmer waters. Continuous rain and cool weather conditions are really hampering archery season. The youth season was very poor this year with a harvest of only 20 percent of last year's youth harvest. Waterfowl hunters are still bringing home birds. - Jenna Kosnicki, wildlife biologist, Mercer

Spooner DNR Service Center area

Crex Meadows State Wildlife - There has been lots of wildlife activity in the Grantsburg area recently! We are seeing increasing numbers of sandhill cranes flying on and off their roosts in the mornings and evenings, we are seeing many warblers coming through still, and the swans are hanging out in large groups in the flowages. To find the cranes, try heading to Main Dike Road or Phantom Lake Road on Crex around 7:00 am (for the fly out) OR 5:00 pm (for the fly in). There have also been many cranes roosting in the Grettum Refuge on Fish Lake Wildlife Area, so that is another option for great viewing! Keep in mind that peak numbers of cranes are usually in the area at the end of October. We are seeing a number of waterfowl in the area, including bufflehead, mallard, wood duck, blue-winged teal, and green-winged teal. There are a number of hunting seasons open in Wisconsin, and many people will be utilizing Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, Amsterdam Sloughs, and surrounding areas for these seasons. The disabled gun deer hunt will take place Oct. 6-14. Please use caution while out on the properties (it never hurts to wear your blaze orange or pink). - Lauren Finch, wildlife educator

Park Falls DNR Service Center area

Flambeau River State Forest - The forest is just past peak colors, but those marvelous golds, yellows, oranges and that splash of red are just lovely. Grouse, fall turkey and archery hunters continue to be out in force but there are conflicting reports on hunter success. The Flambeau River water level is high and running fast. Be sure to follow river safety tips when on the river. Robinson Landing, just below the Turtle Dam is closed for the season due to construction upstream. If you need more information about the FRSF, call us at 715-332-5271 ext.111 or email us at: . River Safety Tips: Stay off and away from the river when it is high or running fast (carries debris), know your limitations, have the right safety equip., tell someone your trip plans, be aware of the weather, steer clear of rocks, never enter the river under the influence of drugs or alcohol. - Diane Stowell, forestry technician advanced and visitor services associate


Northeast Region

Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report

Marinette County - The water temperature of the Menominee River ranged between 52 and 58 degrees throughout the week. Discharge increased by 4,000 cubic feet per second, with flows at McAllister reaching over 7,000 cubic feet per second by Sunday. There was high fishing pressure Hattie Street dam area this weekend. There were reports of brown trout, walleye and sturgeon being caught. There was high fishing pressure on the Little River at Krause Road as well as reports of a large chinook salmon being caught. Numerous chinook were observed in Little River earlier in the week. There was low fishing pressure was low at other access locations on the Menominee River, with a few shore anglers at Stephenson Island. A high of 58.5 degrees in the Peshtigo River went down to a low of 53 by Sunday afternoon. Overall there were huge fluctuations as the week progressed leading to a peak then a gradual decline. Additionally, the discharge of water started on Oct. 1 at 350 cubic feet per second increasing to 2,000 cubic feet per second by Sunday. Fishing pressure remained low this weekend, with only a small handful of anglers at the Peshtigo Dam area. Fishing pressure was low throughout the other access locations on the Peshtigo River. - Scott Poquette and Alex Keiler-Klein, fisheries technicians, Peshtigo

Oconto County - Oconto River water temperatures ranged from 52 to 58 degrees throughout the week. Flows increased as the week progressed to over 1,800 cubic feet per second by Sunday, October 7. A fair number of fishermen were at the Iron Bridge area at Stiles dam were targeting salmon mainly pink salmon as these fish are visible from the bridge. One angler caught five and kept thre on spawn sacs. Two browns from the recent stocking were also caught by a fly fisherman targeting salmon. There were a fair amount of shore fishermen at Oconto Park II (North Bayshore Recreation Area). Two anglers had their 15 perch limits each while reporting throwing back several smaller perch. Minnows and crawlers were the baits of choice with minnows being best. A couple of boats fishing inside the breakwater for perch. Most had decent success with occasional bass and northern caught. It was stated to be a little slower with the north winds. - Scott Poquette and Alex Keiler-Klein, fisheries technicians, Peshtigo

Brown County - The weekends saw a lot of action at the Metro boat ramps; however a portion was from duck hunters. Many of the angler reported little luck fishing musky. A Duck Creek shore fisherman reported catching many small yellow perch. Many of the boats at the Suamico River launch were duck hunters. Anglers reported little luck catching anything in the poor conditions. Inclement weather may have contributed to shorter fishing times. Boats fishing the river, along with shore anglers, reported catching many yellow perch of all sizes. - Jeremiah Shrovnal, fisheries technician, Green Bay

Over the past week there have been very few anglers out due to the weather. It was either raining, high winds, or a combination of the two. During the week the Bayshore parking lot was empty most of the time. Walleye anglers reported no fish were caught. Water temps were in the 50s throughout the course of the week. - Adam Garlie, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Door County - Low numbers of anglers were out at Chaudoir's Dock over the past week due to poor weather. The few people fishing were in search of walleye or yellow perch. Walleye anglers were lucky to catch a couple a fish for a few hours out. Most came back empty handed. Perch anglers success was a bit better with some bringing home more than a dozen fish. jigging with a fathead minnow remains the most popular method. Time on spent on the water has also decreased by anglers to a couple hours. Weather continues to plague Little Sturgeon anglers in their success for fish. Most decided to either stay home or pick up their bow. One yellow perch angler did well and caught a dozen nice fish but other anglers struggled to catch a handful eaters. There were a few bass anglers out as well but no fish were caught.A pair of yellow perch anglers caught 15 decent sized fish between the two of them at Sawyer Harbor.- Adam Garlie, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Angler effort has been very low for the majority of Door County. Bass action from the piers has dropped off significantly but salmon action in most marinas across the county has been good. Anglers have been catching kings on spawn, jerk baits and spoons. Pike were also caught in these areas. No reports of perch or walleye action recently. Boat anglers have been targeting Sister Bay, but no word on how they've been doing. Baileys harbor marina is still holding some kings for shore anglers. Boats are catching kings in the canal both trolling and casting the east end. The salmon run seems pretty far along in most areas already. No word from perch anglers or walleye fishermen in the canal or at Quarry. Fishing pressure keeps dwindling. The majority of people are just out enjoying the fall colors and festivals. - Ben Thome, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

Kewaunee County - Fishing pressure was high this weekend on the Kewaunee River as folks crowded around footbridge and Bruemmer Park. Many dark brown and black chinook were being caught close to Devil's bend on flies and spawn sacs. The water was muddy from this week's rain which made catching fish more difficult for some anglers. Early morning anglers appeared to have the best luck. Many folks were bringing their boats in for the season at the Kewaunee ramp. The fish cleaning station was closed for most of the week and the weekend. There was light fishing pressure along the shoreline as folks were out at dawn and dusk. The catch rate was better near Harbor Express and the Tug Ludington as anglers caught the occasional king salmon. Chinook salmon could be spotted going up into the Kewaunee River and boiling in the harbor but not many fish were landed. Wind and rain made fishing conditions tough at the Algoma shoreline during the week and parts of the weekend. Pier fishing conditions were precarious early this weekend with strong winds washing water over the north pier. Folks were up and down the Ahnapee River all week and weekend though the catch rate still did not reach the same numbers as Kewaunee. Fly anglers near the Forestville dam seemed to land the most kings this week. Anglers near Olson Park were trying their luck though did not have much success. Folks around Hwy. X bridge did alright with chinook salmon, especially pre-rainfall. A chocolate milk colored water made fishing difficult immediately after the week's storm. The muddy water cleared up a bit by late week as the salmon were stacked up and readily biting. Good luck was had using earplugs or spawn sacs. Stony Creek fishing pressure and catch rate were high this week. Both fly and spin anglers were readily hooking chinook near the mouth of the crick. There were some reports of pink salmon coming in as well. Many folks were getting their salmon on spawn sacs.- Aeden White, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

Manitowoc County - The recent rains that occurred in the early part of the week caused water levels to increase. With the increase in water flow and water levels it brought some fresh fish up the West Twin River to the dam in Shoto. Fish were caught at both of the dams using spawn sacs. Some anglers were having success using orange foam earplugs, as they tend to stay on the hook longer. There was some action at the ramp although some of the users were duck hunting. Anglers fishing the East Twin River at the Mishicot dam were still catching chinook salmon using spawn sacs. The highest catch rates were occurring by the dam and then farther downstream. Fishing pressure was highest on the weekends with upwards of 100 people fishing from the dam to the stretches downstream of the fire station. Brown trout were being caught occasionally. The number of anglers fishing in the Two Rivers Harbor has decreased to a couple of anglers a day. The anglers that are fishing in the harbor have not had any luck over the last week when it comes to fishing for chinook salmon. The number of anglers fishing on the Two Rivers pier has remained steady with a handful of anglers fishing on the pier each day. Some anglers were able to catch a few chinook salmon while casting spoons. Orange and chrome spoons produced fish. Anglers fishing the Manitowoc River have had success just about anywhere on the river. Fish were being caught by Manitou Park as well as by the dam in Cato Falls. Few anglers were fishing around the rapids road area with no success. The number of anglers fishing on the Manitowoc piers decreased. The anglers that were fishing on the pier did not have any luck anyhow.- Cody Flavionl, fisheries technician, Mishicot

Peshtigo DNR Service Center area

Oconto County - In Oconto County water levels are up and there is a lot of standing water in the woods. Be prepared and wear knee boats or better when out and about. Duck hunters have been successful out on Christie Lake west of Gillett, harvesting mallards, teal, and wood ducks. Fall colors are beautiful right now and I expect them to be around this weekend still. I still see plenty of deer and turkey out. Great hunting opportunities on public lands along the State Wildlife Bay shore units between Oconto and Little Suamico, County and State Lands north of Suring, and National Forest land north of Hwy 64. - Paul Hartrick, conservation warden, Oconto Falls

Governor Thompson State Park - We are peaking with fall colors! The 16 miles of hiking trail are open, mowed and ready for your next adventure. The fall flowers including many types of asters are blooming along the trails. The shower/flush toilet facilities will be closing for the season on Oct. 15. The East Loop of the campground, vault toilets and the Sanitary Dump Station (no flush water) will stay open until Nov. 25. Potable water to fill your camper, is always available in the campground by each vault toilet. - Maggie Kailhofer, park manager

Wautoma DNR Service Center area

Waupaca County - Anglers on the Wolf River are catching a lot of crappies on the Wolf River. The best spots are in brush/log piles where there is some current. A small minnow and a jig are working best. With all of the rain in recent weeks, hunters are having a tough time finding a dry night to hunt. Hunters are reporting that buck deer are starting to show some early chasing at this time. Waterfowl hunting in central WI has been a challenge as the birds are spread out in area wet spots such as fields and backwaters. To be successful, scouting will be important. - Ted Dremel, conservation warden, Wautoma

Colors are nearing peak. Weather has been terrible, it has rained off and on for five straight days. Trout streams are out of their banks and unfishable. This may have realistically ended the trout season as waters may not be fishable to the 15th and beyond. Looking forward to the cold snap as it should bring some woodcock in. - Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma


Southeast Region

Milwaukee DNR Service Center area

Milwaukee County - This weekend we will see cooler temperatures, an indication that fall is near. Fall songbird migration is in full swing. Look for large migrant flocks in our local parks, especially along Lake Michigan. Late berry producing trees, such as dogwood and various viburnums, are perfect shrubs to look for songbird activity. Local wildlife in Milwaukee have been taking advantage of an excellent acorn crop this fall, with squirrels and chipmunks caching their winter storage, and deer foraging in preparation for the winter months ahead. The 2018 archery season opened September 15, and a woodlot adjacent to a grassland or ag field with a strong crop of acorns is a great place to set up your stand. The leaves are beginning to change color, and the crisp temperatures make for an excellent opportunity for a fall hike. - Dianne Robinson, wildlife biologist, Milwaukee

Southern Lake Michigan fisheries team report

Sheboygan County - No fishing effort was seen at the ramps or piers this week, but the weather played a big role in the dwindling numbers this weekend as waves were breaking over the north and south piers. The Sheboygan River was very quiet this week. The only action was seen near the Kohler Dam, where anglers were having a ton of success off of fly rods. Many anglers reported catching kings, steelheads, brown trout, and coho. - Jessica Jenkins, fisheries technician, Plymouth

Ozaukee County - The Port Washington utility faced very heavy pressure from anglers this week. Many anglers used spawn sacks and spoon and were seeing success with kings, steelheads, and brown trout. Little effort was seen on the piers this week and no fish were reported but the shore line saw a lot of action this week, with many anglers staying inside the confines of the marina. Success was hit or miss, but a few kings were reported. Anglers were using spawn sacks and spoons but usually released their catches, as the kings were getting too dark. Many anglers were seen fishing Sauk Creek this week, but success was pretty rare. A few anglers reported catching some kings off of fly rods, but the majority of anglers saw little action. - Jessica Jenkins, fisheries technician, Plymouth

Milwaukee County - Weekend boaters targeting salmon out of the McKinley ramp were few and far between. Most anglers remained in the harbor or near the gaps using a variety of casting or jigging baits. The McKinley Pier had higher fishing pressure, with anglers targeting salmon or brown trout finding the most success harborside using skein landing 7-15 pounds kings. Surface water temperatures lakeside, range between 56-57 degrees. Fishing pressure was high shoreside. Those anglers targeting salmon observed by the Summerfest grounds and Lakeshore State Park continue to see little to no action. Anglers targeting salmon around McKinley Shore had the most success near the harbor and landed kings using skein. Surface temperatures at the mouth of the Milwaukee River range from 56-58 degrees. With the heavier rains, water levels and flow are high with murky waters forcing many anglers to fish along the banks of the river. Water temperatures range between 54-56 degrees farther upstream. Hubbard, Estabrook, and Kletzsch parks were seeing higher fishing pressure, especially areas near the falls. Fly fisherman using a variety of flies or yarn saw little action; anglers were finding the most success catching kings using spawn or skein. The occasional rainbow, brown, and coho were also being landed using spawn or skein. A surprising catch of a 6-pound walleye in the morning hours, was landed near Kletzsch using spawn. The Menomonee River saw low fishing pressure throughout the week and weekend. Higher than normal water and flows with murkier water levels in the tributary due to heavy rains. Temperatures range between 58-59 degrees near MMSD. Anglers targeting catfish saw little action. There continues to be little fishing pressure around Miller Park/Three Bridges, where temperatures are 56 degrees. Oak Creek continued to have high fishing pressure near the falls, especially in the morning hours and shortly before sunset. Kings have been seen schooling in large numbers making for crowded fishing area along the creek. Anglers using a variety of flies and yarn saw very little action, spawn and skein is the bait of choice for much success in landing salmon. The occasional rainbow and coho have also been landed. Water and flow levels are high. Temperatures throughout the creek are around 56 degrees.- Reni Rydlewicz, fisheries technician, Milwaukee

Racine County - Dirty waters and poor weather kept most people from fishing the Racine Pier this weekend. The individuals who did reported having luck with a couple kings. Best lures were spoons and cranks. Only a couple people were using spawn. Water temps were down to 61 degrees in the top 3 feet Sunday. The Root River is extremely high from all the rain making the river hard to fish. Most people are fishing by the damn or all the way by the mouth. Most luck is with flies currently targeting coho and kings. - Zak Feest, fisheries technician, Racine

Root River Steelhead Facility - On Saturday, Oct. 13 there will be an open house at the Root River Steelhead Facility from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy guided tours of the facility with DNR crews demonstrating how we collect eggs from trout and salmon to produce the next generation of fish to test Lake Michigan anglers. Participate in fishing rod casting lessons, knot tying, fly-tying, and more. Learn more. The facility is located at Lincoln Park, 2200 Domanik Drive, Racine.

Kenosha County - Most boaters that are going out were staying in the Kenosha harbor. At the Kenosha Pier most anglers were floating skein and casting spoons/cranks. Most luck has been with skein for chinook and brown trout. Water temps were 63 degrees on Sunday in the top 3 feet. Most Pike River anglers were floating spawn and using flies targeting chinook. A couple have been caught using these methods with flies being the most productive. Water is flowing fast with all the rain we have had. - Zak Feest, fisheries technician, Racine


South Central Region

Horicon DNR Service Center area

Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area - Water levels remain above average as more rain has moved through the area. Duck hunters for the second opener are encouraged to be aware of constantly changing marsh conditions as cattail bogs continue to break loose and move around the marsh. Scouting is highly recommended. The cold front coming towards the end of the week is predicted to bring in another wave of migrating waterfowl. Duck numbers continue to increase and good numbers of pintail, wigeon, gadwall, mallard have been reported. A family of trumpeter swans has been visible from on the Bachhuber Impoundment at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The Horicon Marsh Archaeological Festival will be held on October 13 and 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. respectively. Take a Voyageur canoe ride, visit the buckskinner encampment, view artifacts, grind corn or listen to expert speakers. More information can be found at the Rock River Archaeological Society's Facebook page. For more information about Horicon Marsh or public events please contact Liz Herzmann at 920-387-7893 or The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located at N7725 Highway 28 in Horicon. - Elizabeth Herzmann, natural resources educator


West Central Region

Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area

Buckhorn State Park - Campsites and boat launches are in good condition - no flooding at the park but trails are muddy. Accessible fishing pier and boat boarding piers will be removed October 24. The far backpack sites are now closed. The second loop of the new campground is reservable until Oct. 15 and first loop Nov. 1. Dump station and flush toilets/showers are still open until week of Oct. 15-24. - Heather Wolf, park manager

Roche-A-Cri State Park - The main gate and camping are now closed until the beginning of May. Parking is in the winter lot on Czech Ave and park stickers are still required. Visitors can hike through the woods to the petroglyphs and stairway. - Heather Wolf, park manager

Last Revised: Thursday, October 11, 2018

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