Area anglers likely forced to stick to rivers for fishing opener
Story By Joe Dufek
RHINELANDER - The state's inland fishing season gets underway Saturday.
Last year many anglers faced cold water temperatures from a long winter.
This year it's even worse.
Several of the lakes in the Northwoods look just like Boom Lake - with more than half of the lake still covered with ice.
That's going to force many anglers to hit area rivers to try and find some action.
"Probably on some of the deep lakes, like Trout Lake and some in Tomahawk (people could possibly fish in a boat)," Oneida County Fisheries Biologist for the DNR John Kubisiak explains. "The Wisconsin River system and parts of the flowage on the Wisconsin River. But many of the 20 to 30-acres lakes are half ice-covered right now."
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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