- 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."
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
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