With many hunting seasons open, inland fishing pressure was a bit reduced across the Northwoods. Musky have been receiving the most attention lately and the action has continued to be good. The musky have been active at nearly all times of the day and most anglers were reporting some sort of action including short hits, follows, swirls, and a good number of catches as well. In the south, walleye were being caught on the ler Wisconsin and Rock rivers. Trout fishers are reminded the inland trout season closes September 30.
Anglers at the mouth of the Oconto River caught a few small perch and freshwater drum using crawlers. Walleye and perch anglers from Pensaukee to Oconto Park II reported a few fish being caught. Anglers fishing below the Stiles Dam were catching crappie, blue gill, and small mouth using slip bobbers and minnow or plastics, fishing along the pilings. Salmon and trout fishing has been slow. Perch action on the Bay has slowed due to windy conditions. – Kevin King, creel clerk
The leaves are beginning to change in Oconto County with lowlands being the first to go. Some great reds and yellows can be seen. The northern waterfowl opener had mixed results with wood ducks being the most seen bird in hunters bags. Some hunters are already reporting scrapes and bucks chasing does. Grouse hunters not reporting much success but still a good number of leaves need to fall. – Mike Stahl, conservation warden, Oconto Falls.