Wisconsin Fishing Opener Tough for Northern Anglers

Updated: 05/02/2014 7:16 PM
Created: 05/02/2014 6:53 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

On the eve of Wisconsin's fishing opener, many anglers are planning to head south. They say that's where they need to go to find open water.

"It almost feels like the start of ice fishing because of all the ice that is still out there yet," said sales clerk at Northwest Outlet in Superior, Dustin Hobson.

The day before fishing opener, Northwest Outlet usually sells up to 50 fishing licenses, and sometimes they have a line out the door.

This year, they sold nine.

But Hobson said they're ready no matter what.

"We're pretty stocked up just waiting for the ice to move out and we'll be ready to go," he explained.

From where they gear up to where many fishermen gas up, at the Holiday station on Highway 2/53, it's the same story.

"It's been pretty slow for fishing today," explained manager Dave Uhlenkott.

On an average year, they sell up to 500 licenses before opener, but this year, Uhlenkott said that number is drastically lower.

"I think yesterday we sold probably 10 or 12 licenses and today I haven't sold a license," he said.

As for the boats gassing up? They're apparently staying parked.

"Today I haven't seen any, yesterday I think I noticed there was two," he added.

He said many of the landings in the area are not accessible still.

But one angler at Northwest Outlet was ready to go bright and early tomorrow.

"I'm actually buying some lures and some fishing stuff hopefully I catch some trout," said Colin Peterson of Superior.

Peterson is headed south with his son to find open water, because no matter the weather, it's still fishing opener after all.

"It's not snowing, right? So, let's go," he said.

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