THE NORTHWOODS - Anglers look forward to the fishing season opener all winter long and the wait's almost over. Just one more week to go.
Till then we're still hearing some great ice fishing stories plus, one from a Florida vacation. Here's this week's Big Ol Fish.
Greta Boulter of Lake Tomahawk decided to enjoy the beautiful weather on Easter by getting out on Minocqua Lake. She was crappie fishing, but hauled in this 26 inch walleye. Greta used a teardrop jig and wax worm on a 4 pound line. She says it was the biggest fish she's ever caught, but she had to throw it back.
Crandon's Ryon Alloway took a fishing trip to Lake Gogebic in the UP. The 14 year old was with his friends Gus and Jon when he hooked this 15 inch yellow perch. Ryon caught it on a green teeter pig hunter jig in 26 feet of water. He added a filter to this picture and was very pleased with his catch.
And Newswatch 12's very own Melissa Constanzer grew up in a fishing family. She took a trip with her parents earlier this month to Florida and they had lots of luck. Her dad caught this 22 inch drum while they were fishing in the mangroves behind Marco Island.
Her mom got this 16 inch permit. It put up a good fight and made her work for it. Both fish were on the dinner plate that night and helped make for a memorable vacation.
MAUSTON - Authorities are investigating the death of a person who was found unresponsive in Decorah Lake early Friday.
Kyle Lynch, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden for Juneau County, says he was called to the scene to assist in a boat search about 1:30 a.m. He also says the Mauston Fire Department recovered the body, which was found in the water.
The Mauston Police Department says attempts were made to rescue the individual, but the Juneau County Coroner's Office pronounced the individual dead at the scene. Police have provided few other details, and the victim's name has not been released.
WAUSAU - This has been Wisconsin's deadliest gun-deer season in the past five years, with two shooting fatalities already recorded.
Daily Herald Media reports (http://wdhne.ws/1HvNth3 ) that the two fatalities brought to an end a three-year series of seasons that had been free of firearm deaths. Four other hunters also have been wounded.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters violated some of the fundamental rules of gun safety in all the incidents.
A man was killed last Sunday in Columbia County when he was shot while passing a loaded rifle to a companion in a tree stand. Wearing mittens, she grabbed the gun near the trigger and it went off. On Monday, a hunter in Waushara County was killed by a stray bullet.
APPLETON - The U.S. Marshals Service says a convicted sex offender who was wanted for violating the terms of his release has been arrested in Appleton.
The agency says 63-year-old L.C. Streeter, of Milwaukee, was previously convicted of four separate sexual assaults from 1976 to 1985. Wisconsin committed him as a sexually violent person in 1996, and he remained in treatment until his release in 2013 under intensive supervision.
The service said in a statement that he cut off his GPS and electronic monitoring bracelets and fled supervision on Monday, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Federal marshals and Appleton police arrested him without incident in Appleton on Friday.
Kevin Carr, the U.S. marshal for eastern Wisconsin, says Streeter was "an absolute danger to the community based upon his past convictions."
TOMAH - The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has adopted another plan to improve patient care.
The La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1QMsDMZ) that Friday's release of the "100-day plan" comes almost 11 months after media reports that veterans at the center were prescribed excessive doses of opioid pain-killers and that employees who spoke out faced retaliation from top officials.
The plan, which follows a 30-day plan announced in May, outlines steps for improving access to care, employee engagement and restoring trust.
Among other things, it calls for recruitment of psychiatric staff, employee forums and listening sessions, and opening an employee wellness center.
Several Tomah VA officials — including former Director Mario Desanctis and former Chief of Staff David Houlihan — have been fired since the problems emerged early this year.
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