Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Salmon Run on the River

Estabrook Park- view from the boardwalk below the Biergarten
This might be the best week this Fall to go to the river.  Fall color is at about 50%, and there's rain in the forecast for later next week, so the leaves may just fall after that.  The salmon are running upstream, so anywhere you can find a place to watch, you'll likely have a good show.  Look for guys in waders.  That should be a clue that there's some action to watch.

I stopped at Estabrook and Kletzsch Parks, and spoke with some fishermen.  Only a few salmon were caught while I was there, but you could see plenty of jumping (unsuccessfully I might add) at the waterfalls at Kletzsch.  In the 10 minutes I stood there watching, I probably saw 100 fish jump...or maybe just the same fish jumping a bunch of times.  Anyway, it's fun to watch and cheer them on.  From what I learned, this is the start of the salmon run, and it will become larger as the water cools.  It's also a great week for biking along the Oak Leaf trail that follows the river, as well as hiking the Milwaukee River Greenway.  You can start at Silver Spring and walk all the way to the Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park, if you feel ambitious.  Get out and enjoy the nice weather while we have it!
salmon on a line at Estabrook Park

Fish caught at Kletzsch

Look closely in the center and you'll see a fish jumping

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