In the Tomah area, multiple deer were taken during the the youth deer hunt Oct. 7 and 8.
Don Roscovius, owner of Rosco’s Live Bait, received several reports deer harvested during the special hunt.
“We know of at least seven or eight different youth that harvested a deer last weekend,” he said.
While Saturday was rainy, Sunday was a great day to hunt, said Matt Modjeski, a Department of Natural Resources conservation warden in Monroe County.
“It was a gorgeous day,” he said. “In fact, I was off on Sunday and took my youngest daughter hunting, and she harvested her first deer ... it was very exciting for her.”
For fishing, the bite was decent this past weekend for those who ventured out, Roscovius reported.
“The Petenwell and Castle Rock walleye bite is pretty good,” he said. “Not too many keepers, but (fishermen) are catching quite the quantity of fish ... but they need more keepers. They’ve been getting lots of small, short fish.”
Castle Rock is also producing some nice crappies, Roscovius said, but the numbers aren’t there.
“They’re pretty decent crappies from the 10-12 inch range is being recorded,” he said. “Most of those are being caught on crappie minnows − they seem to be the key for crappies.”
Cranberry marsh fishing has been spotty since it’s harvest time and the water levels have been moving up and down, Roscovius said.
“Some (farmers) have closed them down when they’re harvesting in those areas,” he said.
The northern bite is good, Roscovius said.
“Live bait seems to be the best ticket for northerns, and they have been feeding really well,” he said.
At Lake Tomah the bite has been a bit slow, Roscovius said, but good-sized crappies, bluegills and largemouth bass have been caught. The lagoon and hospital side of the lake have been producing the best.