- We are just hours away from the start of the inland fishing season.
At 12:01am anglers can hit the lakes and rivers throughout the state.
Of course the big question is where can you go fishing.
As we first mentioned on Thursday, many of the lakes north of Rhinelander are at least half covered with ice. Here is a look at Chain Lake of the Sugar Camp chain.
That's going to limit the options for most anglers to area rivers. Some might try fishing off the Wisconsin River.
"Like last year, opening weekend is iced up again," Eagle River fishing guide Gary Myshak explains. "This year it's worse. Any lakes with a small current are open or close to open. A lot of the rivers in the area probably have perch running. And you'll probably have smaller male walleyes running right now. The water coming out of the lakes are still too cold. So the bigger females will hold back right now until the water temp warms up."
While things look bleek for boaters up north, in Tomahawk, most of the lakes and boat landings are wide open. That includes Lake Mohawksin.
In fact, some of the area bait shop owners and guides are actually expecting a nice weekend.
"(Tomahawk) is one of the few places to have water," Chuck Grigg of Chuck's Sport Shop adds. "All of the lakes will be useable by Saturday. Basically, you want to fish where there is water movement. Below the dams will be a key place. The water is cold, so a very slow retrieve (with your lure) with a jigging motion is what is going to be your best motion for you."
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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