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Fishing in a Cool SummerSubmitted: 08/08/2014
Story By Melissa Constanzer


EAGLE RIVER - Some of the best kept secrets in the Northwoods are fish tales. Where to fish, when to fish, and what bait to use are among the things fisherman keep secret. But this year the secret's out! Summer has fallen on the cool side of average through July. That means the water is cooler too.

"Upper seventies isn't uncommon, even tickling eighties and a lot of times that'll put fish in a funk. They'll bury themselves in a little deeper weeds and evening, morning times, of course, are good bites," said Muskie Matt, RFRG Outdoors Fishing Guide. "But this being a cooler summer, they're hanging up in the shallows and they're a little more willing to come out after stuff. They're a little more active."

The change in temperature means a new game plan for the fisherman.

"So in a typical summer, you'd often be casting out one side of the boat, towards deeper water because the water would be warmer. But this year, since it's so cool, the water's a little cooler as well so I'm going to cast a little bit more towards the shallows. And hopefully that will help me catch the big one," said Melissa Constanzer.

While the theory didn't help us net the big one during my trip with Muskie Matt, our trip did give us a fish. But does the temperature change make the job of a fishing guide easier?

"That's the million-dollar question, and actually, this is great for my particular profession. I like the cooler summer. [It] makes the fishing a bit better, easier searching, and their willingness to bite," said Muskie Matt.

The prolonged winter made for a busy May. And after a cool July, the active biting could continue. But it's not just the temperature that changed the game. A wetter spring and early summer helped some lakes that had low water levels.

"Water weeds are permitted to grow now again where they used to. These fish are only more than happy to inhabit that. It gets busy like it is out here on the chain, they'll go and sit shallow for the day," said Muskie Matt.

While we can't predict what fish tales will come from late summer and fall, we can always count on some of the best tales to stay secret.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 01/20/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Mild temperatures are expected for this weekend's World Championships Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River. Tonight we talk to the derby president to see how the warmer weather effects the event.

We'll show you how the Tomahawk Public Works Department determines when it would be required for residents to keep their water running in cold weather.

We'll take you to a Merrill restaurant that has a special menu for Inauguration Day.

And tonight on Friday Night Blitz we'll bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following games:

College Hockey:

UW-Eau Claire vs. UW-Stevens Point


Boys Basketball:

Lakeland vs. Rhinelander

Florence vs. Crandon

Mosinee vs. Tomahawk


Girls Basketball:

Lakeland vs. Rhinelander


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.

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MADISON - A judge has ordered a suspended University of Wisconsin-Madison student to stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted and harassed multiple women.

Alec Cook, of Edina, Minnesota, faces 21 charges involving 10 women. The counts include sexual assault, stalking and strangulation. Sixteen counts are felonies; the rest are misdemeanors.

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WAUSAU - The Wausau Police Department welcomed three new officers to the force Friday. 

City Hall was full of city workers, police officers, fire fighters, and friends and family for the swearing-in ceremony. The officers are all excited to start serving the community, and in some cases, fulfill a lifelong dream.

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RHINELANDER - Dozens of Rhinelander students called in sick, forcing the district to shut down early last month. But
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fill in for the sick staff. The district is now recruiting more subs to be better prepared for another
outbreak. Rhinelander schools went into the year with what they thought was a solid plan. But directors
of instructions, Terri Maney says nature had other plans. "The pertussis did not only affect students, it
affected staff," says Maney. Students and teachers started getting sick in mid-December. Maney says
they went into this school year with more substitute teachers than ever before. But they never planned
for a pertussis outbreak. At one point, 1 in 5 students contacted the disease along with teachers calling
in too. 

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RHINELANDER - A lot of people turn to antibiotics to get better but a Veterans Affairs clinic nurse wants elderly patients to avoid getting sick completely.

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These precautions are especially important for older adults. 

"[They're] at a higher risk for contracting community acquired pneumonia," said Nurse Christina Paris who works at the Veterans Affairs Clinic office in Rhinelander. 

"If you do have a cold or flu and you're not as active those fluids and secretions can kind of buildup in your lungs and can trigger old bacterial infections as your immune system is weakened."

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The Lakeland Memory Cafe opened for the first time Thursday at Peace Lutheran Church in Arbor Vitae.

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