- Rhinelander's Jeff Koser had quite a day on Chequamegon Bay near Washburn earlier this month. While fishing under wind chills around -40 degrees below zero - Jeff landed with 23 inch Brown trout. He was using half-ounce buck-shot jig. Right now this prize is sitting in the freezer waiting to become supper.
7-year old Evelyn Wirth of St. Germain was on a family fishing trip at an area lake. using a minnow on a tip-up... Evelyn caught this beautiful 23 inch northern. It's her first Northern. I'm told Evelyn is excited to have this prize for dinner.
And 4-year old Keira Riihimaki of Phelps was on Anvil Lake with her dad earlier this month. When the flag went down, she used every muscle in her tiny body to pull up this huge Northern - her first one of the season. Dad helped out a little. After the picture, the fish was released. It's another great father-daughter moment in the Northwoods.
EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River's annual Paul Bunyan Fest brings out thousands of people. This year was no exception. Organizers say about 3,000 people filled the streets of downtown Eagle River on Wednesday.
The 37th annual Paul Bunyan Fest featured chainsaw carving demonstrations, more than 80 arts and craft booths, and music.
RHINELANDER - You probably wouldn't consider a dark, smelly alley an ideal place to sit and relax. Maggie Steffen agrees, which is why she's planning to transform an alley on Brown Street in Rhinelander.
Steffen plans to tackle the project in three phases. Phase one is lighting the alley, which sits between The Brick restaurant and Bath and Body Creations. Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. agreed to pay about $2,800 for five LED lights if the city would pay for the electricity.
RHINELANDER - DNR Furbearer Research Scientist Dr. Nathan Roberts calls bobcats "a conservation success story." Their population numbers are up across the United States.
The DNR doubled the harvest quota this year at 750 bobcats because of that healthy population size.
"While the population's grown, we've also increased our understanding of bobcats considerably. Working together with hunters and trappers across the state we've increased our understanding of bobcats and our ability to monitor bobcats," said Roberts.
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