Big Ol' Fish - Oct 24Submitted: 10/24/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

- It's archery season for thousands of deer hunters. Turkey and waterfoul seasons are also underway. Fishing however is also holding strong. Here's this week's "Big Ol' Fish."

Tomahawk's Matthew Long was fishing at an area lake with his younger brother this summer. Using plastic worms for bait, he got a strike. Matthew reeled in this nice 19 1/2 inch smallouth bass. After the picture, the fish was released.

Kyle Austin of Eagle River was fishing for bluegills with a friend on the Eagle River chain. Using Crappie minnows for bait, he did catch an 8-inch blue gill. However, as he was hauling it in, this 23 1/2 inch smallmouth bass swallowed the blue gill. It weighed 6 1/2 pounds. It's the biggest one one he's ever caught. This one was also released to fight another day.

And take a look at this beauty caught by 5 year old Wyatt Citta of Hazelhurst. While fishing with his dad on Skunk Lake, he got this beautiful 14 inch crappie. It's the biggest one he's ever caught. Using a worm on a bobber, he reeled in the crappie all by himself. I'm told as much as he enjoyed catching the fish, eating it for supper was even better.

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NEKOOSA - People in Nekoosa could go back in time this weekend.

Volunteers at Pointe Basse recreated a historical camp portraying lives of people from the 1700s and early 1800s.

Volunteers from all across the U.S. all had a piece of history to share.

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EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River hosted its 36th annual Cranberry Fest during October's first weekend.

Organizers say the weather this year brought in many more visitors.

"People come to this whether there's good weather of bad weather," said Executive Director of the Eagle River Chamber Kim Emerson. "And with this year being great weather, we had above-average crowds and it was just spectacular. We're so happy about that."

By 3 p.m. Saturday, the World's Largest Cranberry Cheesecake had already been devoured. Sales of slices go towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin. 

Organizers said they also almost sold out of cranberries, but they said they would still have more to sell on Sunday. 

There were also dozens of craft vendors, food and wine and cranberry marsh tours.

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RHINELANDER - Harvest Hoedown started Saturday at noon at the Woodpecker Bar and Grill in Rhinelander.

The event had a hay maze, horse drawn carriage rides, food, and live music all afternoon.

"I think it's going great. We got a little sunshine right now. We got probably a couple hundred people here. People are buying food, spending money. It's what we're after," said Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hanson.

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WOOD COUNTY - Two people who stole a UTV led police on a wild chase early Friday morning. Friday night, those suspects were still on the run.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office tells us a sporting goods store owner walked in as the burglary was happening, just before 7 a.m. The suspects took off in a red Dodge pickup truck pulling a trailer with the stolen UTV. They crashed through several gates to get out.

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MERRILL - One Northwoods farm wants to give all families the full Fall experience.

Grampa's Farm in Merrill has been a popular fall destination in Wisconsin since 2010.

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RHINELANDER - A Wisconsin brewing company executive wants businesses to hire more veterans.

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