THE NORTHWOODS - You need to get out on the water, because the fish are biting. We have some amazing stories including a couple from Father's Day in this week's Big Ol' Fish.
Dan Powell of Three Lakes went out with his brother in law Marty last weekend, and it seemed like the fish were practically jumping in the boat. They caught not one, not two, but 32 small mouth bass on a lake in Oneida County. The largest one was 18 inches and after taking fun photos, they were all released back into the water.
Check out the smile on little Olin Weinand's face. The three year old was fishing off his grandpa's pier on Catfish Lake in Eagle River, when he caught his very first fish. Olin was using a crappie minnow for bait. His dad hooked the perch and Olin reeled it in on his own. A moment the family will never forget.
Father's Day was the perfect chance to spend some quality time out on the water. Rhinelander's Kayla Dickison took her dad up north for some fishing. To her delight, Kayla caught the biggest bass of the group. The fish was 19 and a half inches and made the day even more special.
And Lake Tomahawk's Stephanie Sowatzka goes fishing with her dad on Father's day every year. They had to wait out a storm, but once the skies cleared, they were able to go to their secret fishing spot. Stephanie felt a pull and couldn't believe the fight. Her dad coached her through it and as the creature surfaced, they were astonished to see a musky. She'd been fishing for walleye with an 8 pound test line and ended up with a 33 inch beauty- all thanks to the help from dad.
Group targets land for off-road park, offering charter memberships
FOREST COUNTY - Forest Count and Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Inc. (WORVPI) have found a 10,000 acre plot of land they would like to buy for an off-road park, according to WORVPI President John Schnorr.
Schnorr wouldn't discuss the exact location in Forest County, but said they would hope to buy the parcels by June 2014. Right now they’re contracting an engineering firm to evaluate the land.
"That's so environmental concerns can be met," Schnorr said. "We'll look at that as well as a pleasurable experience for an off-road visitor who is going to come up and spend hopefully a weeks vacation in Forest County."
Forest County leaders believe an off-road park could help bring more tourists to the area, and with that more money. The county has the fifth worst unemployment rate, 7.9 percent, in Wisconsin.
WORVPI used Ripon College to perform a feasibility study on the off-road park. It says the average off-roader will travel 300 miles to visit an off-road park. It also projected an off-road park could bring in nearly $28 million per year for Forest County businesses.
"It will take us some time to operate and open it up and develop the trails, the camp sites, the amenities inside," Schnorr said. "Realistically we could see an opening date of Memorial Day of 2015."
The park would host ATVs, motorcycles and other vehicles on off-road trails.
People can help fund the park by purchasing $150 charter membership passes. More than 30 have already been purchased. Schnorr says only 100 will be available.
"The pass will entitle the holder to a park pass, an annual park pass, for the first year when the park opens," Schnorr said. "It will give us some capital up front and afford them a discounted price down the road."
Even with the progress, Schnorr says the project is still in the early stages.
"If you are an optimist, you think a huge amount of progress has been made," Schnorr said. "But if you are a pessimist, not enough progress has been made."
MEDFORD - You know curling from the Olympics. This week, master curlers from across the country are throwing their rocks in Medford. But this kind of curling you won’t see in Sochi, Mixed Doubles.
"Mixed doubles is fun. I really like it. It's really quick, everything happens quick and you're making a lot of precision shots because you don't have sweepers. I like that a lot and I like getting to play with Brady," said Cristin Clark.
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