- It looks like Old Man Winter is finally taking a break until next winter. Some area catch and release anglers found plenty of luck.
Randy Robinson of Harshaw had plenty of action last week on the Peshtigo River. While fishing with a friend, Randy reeled in this 30" 11 pound walleye. he was using a husky jerk bait on a Rapala. It's the biggest one he's ever caught. After the picture, the fish was released.
Minocqua's Samanatha Gillich broke out a new fishing rod and reel in grand fashion. While fishing with her boyfriend, Samantha landed this 29inch walleye. It was caught on the Fox River in DePere. She was using a joined Shad Rap. This one was also released to fight another day.
And a blast from the past, take a look at the small mouth bass caught by Rhinelander's Brandon Michie. It was caught last fall on Oneida Lake in Harshaw. He was using a jig and rubber worm. After a quick photo op, it was back to the river for this catch.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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