- Anglers are making final preps for Saturday's inland fishing opener. It officially begins at midnight.
In the meantime, some have continued to keep busy on area lakes.
Check out Wabeno's Jeff Larocque with a nice catch on a Laona area lake. This 21 inch small mouth bass had a 17-inch gerth. He was using a jib and a wiggler on 3-pound test line. After the picture the fish was released.
Peter Wagner of Rhinelander caught his first bass through the ice just a few weeks ago. He was fishing for crappies in the Three Lakes area.
He was using Crappie minnows. It measured 18 inches. This one was also released after a quick photo-opt.
And recently, 5-year old Casey Strasburg of Minocqua caught his first walleye. He was fishing with his dad Little Bay de Noc near Gladstone, MI. The walleye measured 30 1/2 inches and weighed 9 1/2 pounds. He was using shiners for bait. This one was definately a keeper.
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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