Outdoor Report: Tuesday brings a new month, new seasons, new colors
This week, into September and all that it holds. September marks a true turn toward autumn complete with lowering temperatures, a chance of frost, and glorious fall color. Some say it’s the best month of the year and who are we to disagree?
September comes on Tuesday this week and with it fall hunt seasons: Early Goose and Teal season both kick off on the first. The weather forecast shows a surge of heat, 80s look to be on tap, and that will slow things down some. But once into September the pace will increase. The weekend of the 12th opens the Deer Archery season as well as Grouse. And from there it’s a rush of hunt seasons.
For now we are into the push to Labor Day weekend and with it a divide between fishing and hunting. Fishing is in a transition stage now as the lakes take a slow turn toward fall conditions. In the next 30 days or so we’ll see summer bass fishing fade away but walleye and musky fishing come on. Autumn can be the best time of the year for those two.
This weekend looks to hold some potential as warm weather and some cloud cover may work to the anglers’ favor. We’d look for musky action to be steady. Reports of late have been good, better than we often see in August.
Fish are mostly in deeper water, off the edges of weed beds adjacent to shore. But on a few days we’ve seen them move shallow and respond to surface lures. Best to be flexible on where you fish and what you use.
Walleyes will be more active over the next month or two. For now they are in summer patterns, holding in mid-depths for the most part; nothing new there. They will still come on to jigs and crawlers and leeches will still be best to use. By the end of the month jigs and minnows will come on. For now it’s too early for that.
With daylight hours shortening we have an obvious notice of fall arriving. We’ll have more warm weather, no doubt about that. But the next 30 days will bring change aplenty.
The Outdoor Report is provided by the staff of Mel’s Trading Post in downtown Rhinelander.