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Fall colors are spreading across the state and many areas are already near or at peak.
Tamaracks are starting to show yellow, tree canopies and brush continue to thin. For the most up-to-date information on this color forecast, check the Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report.
Temperatures are trending more toward that classic fall feel, with highs in the 50s and 60s, lows in the 30s and 40s and patches of rain and mist through sections of the state.
Preliminary harvest numbers for archery/crossbow and the Youth Deer Hunt seasons are updated each week on the DNR website and the numbers are looking strong throughout the state, with more than 8,000 deer harvested statewide by youth hunters last weekend.
Similarly, strong numbers are coming in for duck and goose hunters, particularly as corn is harvested.
Anglers on the Flambeau River are reporting an uptick in musky activity, while those fishing the Brule reported a challenging bite. Anglers on the Wolf have reported success with panfish between the mouth of Lake Poygan and New London and those fishing trout streams in Waupaca are seeing consistent bites.
Anglers on the Oconto and Peshtigo rivers saw hits from bluegill and crappie, along with isolated reports of pike, smallmouth bass and walleye. The Menominee is still producing walleye and bass, and anglers trolling the lower River are also reporting pike, sheepshead and catfish in smaller numbers. A few salmon were reported on the Little River.
The salmon run is moving into full swing, with anglers taking to the Kewaunee, Manitowoc and East and West Twin rivers, where 50-plus anglers were crowding the banks at any given time over the weekend. Rain tamped down attendance, but has improved fish movement and salmon are showing up all over Door County.
Salmon also made an appearance in the southeast with chinook and coho making up some of the catch off the Sheboygan River and northern pier. Off the piers and near the utility area in Port Washington, chinook, rainbows and coho were landed. In general, conditions were windy and rainy, tamping down fishing pressure. Those angling from shore in Racine also landed chinook as well as coho and brown trout. Those fishing the Root River saw success primarily downstream of the Steelhead Facility, with flies landing hits from chinook, particularly in the early morning. The Root River Steelhead facility will hold its ninth annual Salmon Spectacular Root River Steelhead Facility Open House this Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Keep your eyes peeled as you drive as deer are also becoming more mobile as the rut approaches and temperatures continue to drop.
Migrant geese are still flying in to areas like Theresa Marsh and Horicon, which each have excellent viewing options and their own fall colors to share.
Sandhill cranes are still flocking up in large groups.
A forecast for cool northwesterly winds on Sunday, Oct. 15, holds promise for a good raptor migration day, particular along the Mississippi River bluffs and Lake Michigan shore, with raptors shifting from smaller species such as sharp-shinned hawk and American kestrel to larger ones like red-tailed hawk and bald eagle.
Capital Spring State Recreation area is playing host to a Harvest Moon Festival Friday night, the Kinnickinnic State Park Fall Festival Saturday and the Horicon Marsh Visitor and Education Center will host an Archeological Festival Saturday and Sunday with a buckskinners' encampment, artifacts, experts speakers and more. For all events search the DNR website for "get outdoors."