- Not all of the neat fishing trips produce record catches. Sometimes, the more pleasurable times on the lake bring home some smaller catches.
But that doesn't mean it isn't just as rewarding.
Kim McLean of Wabeno had quite a day prch fishing at an area lake near Wabeno. The one on display was 10 1/2 inches. He was using a wiggler on a lig for bait. He says nothing beats fishing with his buddies in the Northwoods. I'm told when the day was done, he had a small cooler full of simialr sized perch.
Eagle River fishing guide Gary Myshak caught this 12 1/4 inch crappie on Columbus Lake near Sugar Camp. After the picture, this one was released to fight another day.
And for the bigger prize category this week, take a look at J.D. Brahm's prize from back in January. The Northern measured 36 inches. It was caught on a private lake in Vilas County. He was using a shiner on a tip up. J.D. says it was mighty tasty.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
RHINELANDER - The initial emergency call -- someone screaming for help on a lake near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon -- sounded bad, but it appears it was a false alarm.
Search and rescue crews called in Newbold's air boat to search Lake Thompson around 1:45 p.m.
Pelican Deputy Fire Chief Norman Peterson said first responders first searched the west bay shoreline on foot. They then used the air boat to sweep the entire lake, but didn't find anyone, any tracks, or any places someone might have gone through the ice.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
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