Anglers Try Their Luck at Wisconsin Fishing Opener

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: May 05, 2018 11:14 PM

LAKE NEBAGAMON- Anglers in Wisconsin were trying their luck on the lakes Saturday for the fishing opener. Although the weather was nice, it wasn't as busy as it has been in the past.

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Larry Emons, an angler, was happy about the weather.

"It’s gorgeous, perfect day for fishing,” Emons said.

Trevor Janowicz, an angler, was excited to use his new boat.

"Real excited, I just got a new boat so I’m hoping to try it out. It’s real nice out too," Janowicz said.

Folks in Wisconsin were ready to catch some fish.

Jeff Beck, an angler, was looking for Walleye.

"Walleye would be number one, followed by northern bass and crappie," Beck said.

Bait businesses like Steve Dinda’s “Bait Box,” were pretty busy throughout the day.

"We're seeing a lot of faces of people that show up every year, regulars that are going out," Dinda said.

This fishing opener isn't like the others.

Mark Wick, a Lake Nebagamon resident, said the lake wasn’t as busy.

“I haven't seen too many boats. Usually there’s a lot of them, but on the whole lake there’s probably only a dozen right now," Wick said.

Emons said there was ice on the lakes Friday night, but it melted Saturday morning.

"A week ago there was two feet of ice and I was driving my truck on the lake. In two weeks, all the ice went away, it really amazed me that it went out that fast," Emons said.

The fish weren't as accessible with the ice cold water.

Abby Bottolfson, an angler, said the fish go deeper in the water.

"They just want to stay towards the bottom in the winter, they're going to be deeper so hopefully we can catch them in the deeps," Bottolfson said.

Folks aren’t letting that get in the way of going out on the lake.

"Because the ice went out so fast, this is a normal time to fish. There’s years where ice isn't out for our opener," Emons said.

Jeff Beck, an angler, plans his fishing trip with the boys every year.

"We've fished on this lake for 30 years and its always been better on a cloudy day. It's a good, clear, clean lake so the less the fish can see the better," Beck said.

Those clouds throughout the day helped them get some good catches.

Mike Heslin, an angler, said he was looking forward to the fishing opener for quite some time.

"We couldn't be happier that we're here up north in Wisconsin rather than being at work. During the week we think about the opener and being here all summer. We think about it all year round so it's good to be outdoors with friends and families," Heslin said.


Alejandra Palacios

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