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Wisconsin Fishing Reports & Outdoor Report for April 28, 2016

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Rain, though it paused for a spell, was back in force this past week, with as much as two-and-a-half inches reported in the north. The rainfall has lowered fire dangers levels statewide and is leading to green-up of grasses and leaf out of trees. The lower fire danger is welcome as pine trees are candling, meaning the new growth in the crowns are very dry and if fire conditions are high there is a greater chance of crown fires. View of Big Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park on April 26.Photo Credit: DNRThe recent rain also have waterfalls running high in the north and brought mud back to the trails and paths in parks and forests, so those planning for a hike may want a good pair of boots and mountain bikers should call ahead to confirm if trails are open. Another sign of spring is the three tunnels on the Elroy-Sparta State Trail have been opened, although the grading and packing of the limestone surface will not begin until next week, so expect to encounter rough spots, ruts and branches. Many campgrounds are beginning to open and some have even begun to open shower buildings. The sturgeon are done spawning and it was very short run this year. Walleye spawning is also pretty much over and the steelhead run is slowing down on Lake Michigan tributaries. Anglers out this past week reported some difficult conditions, from rain to the hard winds driving it, but also several catches for boat and shore anglers alike.

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