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Around the Badger State

It seems like summer just got here and already there are signs of it ending.
A few maple trees are just starting to show some fall colors in the north. A pair of bucks were seen this week, one still in velvet antlers and the other had already shed. The late summer yellows of tansy, black-eyed Susans and goldenrod speak of shorter days to come.
Continued rain showers in the last week, especially across the north, are keeping river systems at higher than normal levels for mid-August. Brown trout fishing continues to pick up on the Bois Brule River. The catfish bite is on the Wisconsin River in central Wisconsin with anglers landing good number of channel catfish. Some walleye, smallmouth bass, catfish and drum are being caught in the Peshtigo and Menominee rivers. Anglers have had good success on both the Fox and Wolf rivers catching northern pike, walleye, catfish and panfish.
On Green Bay, anglers fishing for walleye on the west shore from the mouth of the Pensaukee River to Oconto are finally getting on to fish, while along the east shore success was more mixed with about half the boats reporting harvesting a few walleye while others did not catch any. Anglers targeting smallmouth bass along Door County had success in water ranging from 4 to 20 feet. In Sturgeon Bay, perch fishing has been pretty good with some anglers catching their 15 fish bag limit including some larger 12-inch perch.
Along northern Lake Michigan, salmon fishing generally remains slow with warm surface temps in the mid-60s plaguing the west shore of the lake. Some anglers out of Kewaunee have been able to find a few fish, mostly rainbows with an occasional king. Boats out of Manitowoc and Two Rivers have come in with some fish, but most came in from 200-250 feet of water, which is quite a hike out from either port. Catches consisted mostly of chinooks, with an occasional rainbow.
Fishing pressure out of some southern Lake Michigan ports was higher this week compared to previous weeks, especially over the weekend due to a fishing derby. Mainly rainbow and lake trout and chinook and some coho salmon were caught out of Sheboygan and Port Washington. A mixed bag of king and coho salmon, lake trout, and steelhead were caught out of Racine and Kenosha, again from deeper water as surface water was near 70 degrees.
There were reports at Horicon Marsh of blue-winged teal, wood ducks and mallards flocking up and some shorebirds were moving through.
Some early migrants are pushing through southern Wisconsin including hummingbirds and Baltimore orioles along with likely exodus by flycatchers and some of the early migrant warblers such as cerulean and mourning warblers.