Wisconsin Fishing Opener Preps

Updated: 05/01/2013 11:05 PM
Created: 04/29/2013 7:24 PM
By: Laura Kennedy

As the sun comes out and the temperatures heat up, the ice has slowly but surely been melting away from Wisconsin lakes.

"As of a week ago, we were strongly considering turning this fishing opener into an ice fishing opener," said Kevin Harter, Wisconsin DNR Public Affairs Manager.

P.C. Rasmussen is the owner and general manager of Lakewoods Resort in Cable, the site of this year's governor's opener. The event will go on, there and throughout Wisconsin, but anglers may have to be flexible with their fishing spots.

"I don't anticipate the whole lake is gonna be open but we are making plans to take advantage of the many different landings we have on the lake, take advantage of the water that is gonna be open so we can get people out on the water and catching fish," Rasmussen said.

Parts of Lake Namekagon are still covered in ice, but there are plenty of spots where there is open water. And this late winter could mean great fishing for the opener.

"When the water is running into the lake in the melt, the crappie bite seems to pick up," said Scott Toshner, DNR fisheries biologist.

And for those hoping to land some walleye, Toshner says the timing could be just right.

"The spots where they congregate to spawn are those rocky, gravely shorelines," Toshner said. "Those will be open for the most part on opener, and soon after that we should see the lakes go out. So that should be a great opportunity for anglers also."

Harter says part of being a Wisconsin angler is expecting the unexpected on opening weekend.

"We've had days like this where you need sunglasses, sunblock and shorts and tshirts. Other openers we've had a downpour or people have to shovel off their boats before they go out," Harter said. "This year we'll probably have a mix of that."

Anglers who decide to venture out this weekend could be rewarded with some fish, and maybe, finally, some nice weather too.

Front Page

  • Northlanders Share Thoughts About Pope Francis On His Second Easter

    From the Vatican to a rural parish in Duluth, many people of many faiths celebrated Easter Sunday. Eyewitness News talked to Catholics in the Northland about Pope Francis and his affect on the church a year after being elected.

  • Wisconsin DNR Assessing Winter Deer Kill

    Wisconsin wildlife officials are using road-kill and radio-tracking data to assess the harsh winter's effect on the state's deer herd. Department of Natural Resources staffers are looking for 10 carcasses in every county so they can check a number of biological signs, such as fat stores and pregnancy. They're also is closely watching survival rates of more than 200 deer with radio collars in the northern forest and eastern farmland areas of the state.  

  • Victim Identified in Fatal Cass County Crash

    The Minnesota State Patrol said one person was killed and two others seriously injured in a three-vehicle accident in Cass County. The accident happened on Highway 64 just before 2 p.m. on Saturday.

  • I-35 Lanes Reduced Starting Monday Near Cloquet for Bridge Repair

    Traffic may be moving slower than normal travelling south on Interstate 35 near Cloquet starting Monday. MnDOT says a stretch from County Rd. 3 to Highway 33 will be reduced to a single lane for about two weeks. 

  • Minnesota Runners Head to Boston in Unity, Tribute

    More than 600 Minnesota marathoners will line up for the start of the Boston Marathon this year, including 212 who ran last year and say they're going back to finish what they started.