Always up-to-date and accurate…reports on trail conditions and recreational opportunities in Price County.
Fall Color Report – 10/17/14
Fall color peaked around September 27-28, 2014. We are now past peak and many leaves have fallen; but the Tamaracks have turned a dark gold, popple trees are yellow and gold, and maple and oak trees are dark orange or red and rust so there is still quite a bit of color.
ATV, UTV & Off Road Motorcycle Trail Report – 10/17/14
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 – 10/16/14
Musky continue to be the main highlight for anglers in the Wisconsin Northwoods. Fishing has been generally good to excellent, with suckers providing most of the action. Artificial baits have been catching a few musky but most of these have been smaller fish in the 30 to 38 inch size. The nicest fish have been coming on large suckers – with some 40″+ musky being caught on 15″ or bigger suckers. Look for this trend to continue as the fall season progresses, with the trophy potential getting better as the season winds down toward its closing on November 30. Walleye fishing has continued to be erratic, with some days producing decent catches of fish and other days providing very little action. A minnow on a slip bobber and slow-hopped jig & minnow combinations have shown the best success, with cloudy days often producing some good action during the daytime hours. Panfish success has also been sporadic, with a few fair catches of perch and crappie being reported. Some nice perch have been caught on the mid-depth mud flats, and crappie have been found suspended over deep water cover. Bass fishing has very slow and most anglers have given up on them for the year. 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/.
10/13/14 - Fishing has been great the last week in the Phillips Area, I have been mostly doing Musky trips this time of the year, Last week we put 8 of the 9 Veterans that attended the Wisconsin Veterans Fishing Camp on Musky with the Vets combining to catch 14 total Musky. On most of the days on the water this week we have had multiple Musky in the boat with the best day being 5 in the boat. Musky are hitting on a wide verity of lures like Rubber, Suicks, Jakes, Large Bucktails and Suckers. We are slowing the speeds of the lures down just a little from summer speeds but not as slow as we would normally fish in the later fall. Perch and Firetiger patterns along with Natural walleye and sucker patterns are working well on most area lakes. I did have one Crappie trip this week and we did well, Mom and Dad had me take Brook out for her 13th birthday on Sunday, In the 4 hours on the water she ended up keeping 22 Crappie, 1 Walleye and 2 nice sized Pike and threw just as many fish back. We were using small plastics in 1/16 ounce Bottom Feeder Tackle Jigs. White is still been a top producing color. John Carlson, Ross’s Sport Shop & Guide Service – www.facebook.com/RosssSportShop
Outdoor Report – 10/16/14
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.
Public access to thousands of acres of private Price County forest land that are in the open managed forest program and available for hiking, fishing, hunting and other recreational purposes has become easier. The Department of Natural Resources has launched a web-based mapping tool that is intended to help people find parcels that are open to the public due to tax breaks provided to the landowners through the program. Visit the Wisconsin DNR website for more information 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 harvest quota for the 2014-2015 season has been set at 156 animals. 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 – 10/16/14
The North and South Forks of the Flambeau River are slightly higher than normal for this time and conditions are good for paddling provided you have cold water gear. 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.