RHINELANDER - Starting this week---Walleye and Northern Pike are officially off-limits to fishermen. Winter game fishing came to a close last Sunday.
That might leave some fishing enthusiasts with extra free-time until spring. While some fishermen plan vacations in between seasons---others head to the melting lakes for some extra practice.Regional Lakes Biologist Steve Avellamont has studied these lakes for 30-years.
He knows plenty of people who stop fishing around this time of year---but he can tell you plenty of reasons why panfish are still in big supply.
"It takes a lot of energy to build the eggs that they're going to lay. So energy intake needs to be greater as well so it's probably a combination of that and length of day light that helps to stimulate a bite as it's called." Avellamont calls this transition period "Gentleman's Ice Fishing."
It helps to make the Northwood's a non-stop fishing destination. On March 13th, The DNR is holding a panfish meeting in Rhinelander.
We take our Long Summer Weekend to Vilas County where we show you a garden in Land O'Lakes overflowing with produce - and a strong sense of community.
We talk to participants and organizers of the National Championship Musky Open in Eagle River.
And Friday Night Blitz kicks off another season tonight at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10 with football scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following games:
Superior at Merrill
Berlin at Antigo
Hayward at Lakeland
Abbotsford at Crandon
That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.
We'll bring you all this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - On a busy stretch of Highway 47 near Lac du Flambeau -- where hundreds of wheels spin at 55 miles-per-hour each day -- just one tire drags at a slower pace, pulled by one man: the Tire Man.
"I guess I'm the only one nutty enough to do it, I suppose," Frank Tarantino said with a laugh.
Tarantino lives in Mercer, but trains for marathons in Lac du Flambeau. He started pulling a tire on a chain a few years ago after reading about it in a fitness magazine. People often stop to take his picture.
"Little by little you run a little further, a little further," Tarantino said.
SAYNER - A needle and thread means more to Pat Andersen than just sewing.
"I started quilting when I was 19 so it's been a passion of mine for a long time," said Pat.
Quilting gives her a community of ladies in the Northwoods.
"Sayner needs something like this, it needs something for the women to do," said Pat.
After moving to Sayner with her husband Don last spring, the two decided to buy the building that now houses Plum Lake Quilts. Pat needed somewhere to put her long arm machine and that eventually turned into a little retail business.
"I mean little and then it grew a little bit and it grew a little bit more," said Don Andersen.
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