MINOCQUA - The Minocqua Chain of Lakes historically offered great walleye fishing.
But that's changed over the last few years.
Walleye population in that area has gone down.
At the same time, the bass population has taken off in those lakes.
Scientists think those numbers might have something to do with one another.
"There is the potential, not a sole factor, but the potential, that high abundances of bass - they're a top predator, just like walleyes, muskies, and northern pike - high abundances of bass may be having a predatory impact on young walleye," says DNR Northern Fisheries Supervisor Steve Avelallemant.
That's good news for bass fishermen.
Their season opens Saturday.
On the Minocqua Chain, there's no minimum length for bass.
Some think a cold spring could be bad news for bass fishermen.
Other professional guides are confident in a good season.
"A lot of people have the stigma that when the water's cold, you can't catch bass, and that's not true. We've proven that with cold weather in the fall and cold weather in the spring," says Scott Biscobing of Hodag Guide Service.
Most Northwoods lakes outside of the Minocqua Chain have a 14 inch minimum for bass.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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