OSHKOSH - A picture perfect day on the shores of Lake Winnabago was marredby just one thing Monday. Well, maybe many things.
"A biblical plague of locusts, only these are lake flies andthey don't bite," Richard Breaker of Oshkosh said, batting away thebugs.
In 25 years living in his near-Lake Winnebago home, Breaker sayshe's never seen lake flies this bad, or this early
"Look at them here, even on the north side of the garage," hesaid pointing in disbelief at the swarming siding.
A fog of flies has plastered his driveway, caked the walls andcovered the car. Even indoors, Breaker says you can't fullyescape.
"You open the door and a whole swarm will come in and my carpetis full of flies," Laura Hegman of Oshkosh said.
The DNR says the Lake Winnebago is essentially a lake flyfactory, the perfect climate for growth.
Fisheries expert Ron Bruch says we've seen an early hatchbecause of the warm spring. He expects the flies will lastabout ten days, a nuisance but important nutrient.
"It's the base of the food web for almost all of the fish thatlive in Lake Winnebago," Bruch said.
People on the lake's west shore are seeing the brunt of theflies because of the eastern winds. Bruch says it's not a prettysight, but better than the alternative.
"They hatch, they mate and then they die, whereas mosquitoeshatch, they like to bite something, then they mate, then they die,"he said with a chuckle.
"It's just annoying," Breaker said. But, he says, worth it tolive near the water.
This is a bigger hatch, but won't last longer than a traditionalseason, according to the DNR.
Firefighters are battling a house fire in Kewaunee County.
Wind, snow, cold and ice played a role as firefighters battled a fire in downtown Ripon Wednesday morning.
Outagamie County's second largest employer is expanding, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
The State Building Commission has approved $5 million to help build the Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence in Marinette.
Fond du Lac police have released more information about the weapons they found in the apartment of a man who was at the center of a five-hour standoff on Monday.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is announcing a public meeting has been scheduled to provide road closure and design information for the Velp Avenue interchange area.