Always up-to-date and accurate…reports on trail conditions and recreational opportunities in Price County.
Fall Color Report – Final 2014 Report
Fall color peaked September 27-28, 2014. We are past peak and most leaves have fallen. We hope to see you next September & October for the fall color season.
ATV, UTV & Off Road Motorcycle Trail Report – 10/23/14
The Georgetown Trail, Tuscobia State Trail, Solberg Trail and Flambeau River State Forest Trail are open and welcoming motorized trail enthusiasts.
The majority of the Flambeau Trail System in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is open for motorized trail use. However, the Wintergreen Trailhead and the Wintergreen Salvage Closure Area are closed due to storm damage. Closed trail sections include Trail 102 from Hwy 70 south 2.5 miles to Forest Road 653, Trail 103 from Hwy 70 south 1 mile to where it intersects with Flambeau Motorized Trail 102, and Trail 101 from Hwy 70 north and west 2.5 miles to where it intersects with Forest Road 549E (Wintergreen Road). Call the Park Falls forest office at 715-762-2461 if you have specific questions.
Fishing Report – 10/22/14
Musky have remained the highlight for anglers in the North, with more stable weather getting a good numbers of fishermen out on the water. Most musky anglers have been using large suckers on quick-strike rigs, and success has continued to be very good. Artificial baits have been catching a few musky, but most of the action has come on suckers in the 12” to 16-inch size. The ‘big fish’ bite doesn’t seem to have kicked in yet, and most of the musky landed have been in the 34” to 40-inch size. But look for the trophy potential to increase as the fall cool-down progresses. With the more stable weather in the past week, walleye action also picked up a notch and a few more anglers were out trying to key in on the fall bite. Live minnows have been the most productive bait, either on a jig, a slip bobber, or a bare hook & split-shot rig. The best success has been in the late afternoon hours to right before dark, with the minnows being fished slowly along the gravel/rock drop-offs, deep weed edges and near bottom break lines. Panfish action has been fair, with some nice perch and crappie still being found around any green weeds and near mid-depth cover. Bass anglers have basically put away their boats for the year – though a warm, sunny day can produce some good action for largemouth for the die-hard bass fisherman. DNR Senior Fisheries Biologist Thomas “Skip” Sommerfeldt
Fishing/Hunting Guide Reports
When you visit the Price County region consider hiring a guide. Guides are on the water and in the woods on a regular basis and will put you on the right track in order to make your fishing or hunting trip successful and FUN. For more information on guide services, please see http://www.pricecountywi.net/recreation/hunting/guides/.
10/23/14 – Musky fishing with suckers has been good to excellent recently. We have been averaging one to four fish almost every time out.Still getting fish around the weed edges that are close to deep water, running the sucker both with and without a float (but I really like to watch that bobber go under!). Also got in to some really big largemouth fishing with pike suckers. Fishing weed edges with timber mixed in. Crappies have dropped down and mostly vacated the shallows for the season, so start looking for them around the edges of the deepest holes. Marc Morone, Old School Guide Service
10/19/14 – It was a good week of Fall Fishing in the Phillips area this week as reports of good Crappie and Walleye action poured in. Musky action was also good, Water temps are in the mid to upper 40’s on most area lakes and the fish are starting to move deep and put the feed bag on. Ross’s Sport Shop Guide Boats have been finding Walleye and Crappies in the Basin areas of most area lakes. The Basin is the main deep water lake areas, Lakes like Duroy and Cranberry have one simple main basin area where other lakes like Long and Soo have a more complex structure with multiple basin areas. As the water drops into the 40’s look for fish to move on to the drop-offs into these basin areas. Look for inside turns or underwater points to hold more fish then other areas of the basin. We have been catching Walleye in these areas on Bottom Feeder Tackle Jigheads tipped with an extra large fathead minnow. I have also been doing well on Thumper Jigs with Y.U.M walleye grubs. We are catching Crappie on a verity of lures including twisters, tubes, and other plastics along with a jig and minnow. There are a lot of musky visiting the Ross’s Sport Shop Guide Boats as well, Clients have been boating fish using large Grandma’s, Jakes, Rubber and Suckers. Matt Capelle, who fished with me on Sunday, boated this heavy 42 incher on a sucker. White is still been a top producing color. John Carlson, Ross’s Sport Shop & Guide Service – www.facebook.com/RosssSportShop
Outdoor Report – 10/23/14
Hunters have reported seeing some nice bucks. A fair number of grouse and turkey are being seen. Squirrels and chipmunks are busy harvesting and storing mast crops for winter.
It has become easier for the public to locate and access the thousands of acres of private forest land in Price County that are in the open managed forest program and available for hiking, fishing, hunting and other recreational purposes. Visit the Wisconsin DNR website for a web-based mapping tool http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/forestlandowners/opentopublic.html.
Grouse & Woodcock Hunting: Grouse season opened September 13, 2014 and runs through January 31, 2015. Area hunters have reported seeing decent numbers of grouse. View the National Woodcock Migration Mapping System. The WI DNR produced an interactive mapping system to identify bird habitat. View the Fields and Forest Interactive Gamebird Hunting Tool (FFLIGHT) tool.
Turkey Hunting: The Fall Wild Turkey season is September 13 – November 20, 2014 and December 1 – 30 in Zone 4.
Waterfowl Hunting: The Canada Goose Northern Exterior Zone season is September 16 – December 16, 2014, with a daily bag limit of two geese. The Duck Hunting Season in the Northern Zone is Septemer 27 – November 25, 2014. Bag limits vary by type of duck. View Migratory Bird Regulations.
Dear Hunting: White-tailed deer bow season is September 13 – January 4, 2015; Gun season is November 22 – 30, 2014; Muzzleloader season is December 1 – 10, 2014. New this year is a crossbow deer hunting season which runs concurrent with the regular archery season; during the regular gun deer season, a gun deer license will authorize bow and crossbow use. It is important to note that persons purchasing a traditional bow and a crossbow license will receive only one set of tags.
Black Bear: The season closed October 7, 2014.
Wolf Hunting: The season has closed in northern Price County – Zone 2. The season continues in southern Price County – Zone 3. Visit DNR Wolf Hunting & Trapping for details.
Other: Opossum, skunk, weasel and snowshoe hare hunting has no season limits, bags limits size limits or possession limits. Coyote hunting is a continuous open season except during gun deer hunting seasons. To view a list of all hunting and trapping season dates, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website at http://ua.dnr.wi.gov/topic/trap/.
Paddling / River Report – 10/23/14
The water levels on the North and South Forks of the Flambeau River remain good for paddling but cold water gear is recommended at this time. When planning a river trip, check with an area rental/shuttle/guide service for the most current conditions and to select a suitable stretch of river based on experience.
Snowmobile Trail Report
The trails will open December 11, 2014, conditions permitting.
Cross Country Ski Trail Report
The trails typically open in mid-December. The Wintergreen Ski and Hiking Trail System and Hwy. 70 trailhead remain closed as part of a timber harvest sale. Following timber harvest this fall, the trail system will be reevaluated to see if the trail system can be used for the 2014-2015 ski season.
Snowshoe Trail Report
The trails typically open in mid-December.