- Many lakes in the Northwoods still had ice for Saturday's opener. Some reports of over 12 inches of ice.
This plus the recent cold weather left water temperatures below ideal spawning weather.
That's 40 degrees or more. But that didn't deter these guys on Schoolhouse Bay in Minocqua. Getting a little ice fishing in. When in Rome right? One of them would reel in a 13 inch crappie.
10-year old Mason Burkhart of Bryant tried his luck on some trout fishing on the Eau Claire River just north of Antigo. He did catch a 7 1/2 incher. It was released because it was too small.
Newswatch 12's Joe Dufek didn't have much luck either. He went with Gary Myshak of Eagle River on the Sugar Camp chain. We also got skunked.
That was the theme of the day. The water is too cold, so the fish weren't biting.
"It will definatley improve," says Myshak. "We've got forecasts of temperatures in the 70s. It will get the fish moving with water temps in the 40s degrees. Spawning range is 40-45 (degrees). As the ice dissappears, they will get into the shallow water to spawn and get moving."
MERRILL - People know Helene's Hilltop Orchard in Merrill as the place to go to get your fall season fix.
The pie makers and apple peelers come in early to crank out caramel apple pies fresh throughout the day.
When people come to Helene's, they are usually greeted by the smell of the pies before they even see them.
"I love being out in the parking lot when people step out of their cars and smell the air. It doesn't smell like a lot of other farms. It's distinctly the cinnamon sugar you smell," said Helene' Hilltop Orchard baker Olivia Telschow.
Helene's is only open for six weeks from mid-September to late October; however, Telschow works alongside her mother Helene throughout the entire year.
Even in the winter, the apple orchard is checked on.
"February is pruning season. Think of me when it's minus ten and it's snowing and windy and snow drifts because I will be out there," said Telschow.
The orchard is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 30th.
Helene's will close Sunday for the season, but pies will be available to order for Thanksgiving.
RHINELANDER - The finishing touches of Rhinelander's Downtown Streetscape project will include painting crosswalks, removing traffic gates, and completing sidewalks. Planting dozens of trees downtown will also help the city finish the major project.
Nationwide, "Arbor Day" falls in late April. But the city proclaimed Tuesday Arbor Day in Rhinelander.
It's a recognition of the importance trees play in finishing the streetscape project and in Rhinelander as a whole.
RHINELANDER - Next Monday Northwoods youngsters will go house to house in search of Halloween candy and fun with friends.
But on Tuesday some Rhinelander high school students went going door-to-door a few days early.
Students from a business club took to the street to collect donations for their first ever 'Trick or Can' food drive.
Some students hope going into the community will help the event be successful.
"The idea is that it's no easier to give back in a food drive mentality than if we came to your house and asked to it. So in the theme of Halloween we took trick or can, and instead of asking for candy we are asking for cans in order to give back to our community," Rhinelander High School Senior Elliot Fehlen.
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