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Sam Rae of Sobieski caught and released two large muskies in the Fox River while casting earlier this month, including this 49-incher. She was fishing with friend and guide Ryan Grant.
Sam Rae of Sobieski caught and released two large muskies in the Fox River while casting earlier this month, including this 49-incher. She was fishing with friend and guide Ryan Grant. / Contributed photo
Dan Schultz photographed this whitetail fawn and two sandhill cranes on Marsh Road in Waupaca County recently. Schultz said he saw the fawn in the ditch and stopped to take a photo. When he got out, the sandhill pair appeared and appeared to escort the fawn across the road. / Contributed photo

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GREAT LAKES

Perch, chinooks showcase diversity

A 10-inch yellow perch or a 10-pound chinook salmon? Either is possible in Green Bay these days, and while Lake Michigan is producing better salmon action, a few bay trollers are finally tying into some kings off Marinette and northern Door County.

Best depths to try for a meal of perch vary from 6-16 feet in some of the bays, harbors, marinas and reefs to 20-40 feet of water on the offshore flats from Suamico to Oconto and from Dyckesville to southern Door County. Minnows, crawlers and leaf worms are all getting bit, but anglers are moving around a lot to find fish.

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Some serious-size chinooks up to the mid-20s in pounds have been hooked off Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties, often by trollers using flasher and fly combinations set in the top 70 feet of 70-170 feet of water. A few bonus lake and rainbow trout are being hooked.

Meanwhile, the smallmouth bass bonanza continues on Green Bay and its tributaries, with bonus bites from sheepshead, panfish, catfish and an occasional pike, walleye or muskie.

A 53-inch muskie was caught and released by a walleye troller off southern Door County. More sheepshead than ’eyes are hitting crawler and spinner rigs in many areas, though some guides and other local experts continue to tie into 18- to 28-inch walleyes.

■ An NFL Alumni Fishing Event featuring retired Green Bay Packers and other players will be held July 16 in Sturgeon Bay. There are opportunities to fish for salmon and trout in Lake Michigan or bass and other species on Green Bay. More info: Casey Rabach, (920) 328-8789.

INLAND WATERS

Caution advised on swollen rivers

Many state rivers running much higher and colder than normal for the start of summer, prompting DNR safety specialists to warn wading anglers and boaters to steer clear of flooded areas and use extra caution in strong currents.

There’s a lot of debris in the water, too, including natural and man-made objects that have been swept in. Boaters should travel slowly and keep a lookout for partially-submerged logs and other hazards. The use of life jackets is recommended.

COLUMN: Muskies still aren’t thriving

■ Muskies are becoming more active as water temperatures warm. Many anglers are casting small to mid-size bucktails, twitch baits, jerk baits and topwaters around new weed growth in 6-12 feet of water. A Professional Musky Tournament Trail event in Eagle River this weekend is expected to produce some very good catch and release action.

■ Panfish and bass action is about at its peak throughout the area, with some fish still guarding nest sites and others actively feeding in and around weed beds. Some of the largest specimens are hooked when the mosquitoes are at their worst — the lower-light levels of dawn and dusk.

HUNTING

Deer, wolves on NRB agenda

Antlerless permit issuance through the state’s new Deer Management Assistance Program and the possibility of a reduced wolf hunting and trapping harvest quota are on the state Natural Resources Board’s agenda for a meeting Wednesday in Milwaukee.

The board will also discuss a possible early teal season, more days of dove hunting and hear a summary report on hunting and trapping in state parks.

See the full agenda and learn how to comment at dnr.wi.gov/about/nrb. There’s also a link for a live stream or webcast on demand. The meeting is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m.

■ The Pope & Young Club has changed its by-laws to allow lighted nocks and bow-mounted cameras, two exemptions from its “no electronics attached to the bow or arrow” rule.

■ A series of advanced wolf trapper training sessions will be offered this fall at a cost of $15 each. Learn more at dnr.wi.gov, keywords “wolf trapper ed.”

WILDLIFE

New field guide to state stream life

A 336-page field guide to the plants, fishes, insects, frogs and reptiles that call Wisconsin’s more than 80,000 miles of streams home is available for $29.95.

The soft-cover book is priced to cover the production cost, and neither the Department of Natural Resources nor the DNR authors receive any revenues from its sale. More than 150 people contributed to the effort, which includes more than 1,000 photos, drawings and maps.

More than 130 common stream plants, all 120 fishes known to live in Wisconsin streams, 70 insect families, 50 mussels, 17 reptiles, 10 amphibians and eight crayfishes are included in the book. Learn more at uwpress.wisc.edu/books/4887.htm.

■ A new, free iPhone app, Birdsnap, is an electronic field guide featuring 500 of the most common North American bird species. It allows users to identify birds through uploaded photos. Birdcalls are also included for each species. The app is similar to Leafsnap — a field ID for trees — that was created two years ago.

■ Check out the whereabouts of nearly 100 whooping cranes in Wisconsin at bringbackthecranes.org. Once there, click on the latest project update for information and a map showing the last known position on individual birds.

FIELD GUIDE

3-D archery shoot for all skill levels

The Kewaunee Swamp Archery Club’s annual 3-D Archery Shoot will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Sunday on club grounds seven miles west of Kewaunee on County Hwy. F.

Archers of all abilities are welcome. The range will consist of 30 targets, with four shooter brackets ranging from beginner to advanced. Food and beverages available. More info: Dennis, (920) 255-3500.

■ DNR wardens and local Coast Guard patrols will target impaired boaters during Operation Dry Water June 27-29, an annual national boating safety campaign dedicated to increasing awareness about sober boat operation.

Roy Zellmer, DNR boating safety administrator and conservation warden, said there are 84,000 river miles and 15,000 lakes in Wisconsin. While wardens won’t be able to cover them all, they’ll be very visible on Green Bay, Lake Michigan and some of the state’s most popular inland waters.

— Kevin Naze, wildtimes@wizunwired.net

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