Anglers Enjoy Nice Weather for Wisconsin Fishing Opener

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: May 04, 2019 10:44 PM

The Wisconsin Fishing Opener kicked off Saturday and anglers were anxious to get out on the lake to catch their fish.

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"Because it's a sunny warm day, I’m pretty excited,” Mike Burger, an angler, said. "I got a couple dozen night crawlers, some little trout hooks and sinkers.”

Anglers said the weather was great to kick off the fishing opener. Many anglers stocked up on gear before hitting the lake.

"It's gorgeous out here, so hopefully the wind cooperates and gives us some good drifts and we hook into some stuff,” Shane Peterson, an angler, said.

Watercraft inspectors were also out making sure boats were in proper conditions to get on the lake.

"We just check to make sure that their boat has been properly cleaned to make sure they're not spreading any invasive species into our ecosystem here,” Hannah Hughes, a watercraft inspector, said.

All anglers have a special spot to kick off the fishing opener. Peterson’s spot is Amnicon lake. He said he's been fishing in the area for years.

"I grew up here so it's kind of in my family, it's tradition to come here, and I love the area and love the people, they’re great,” Peterson said.

"Everyone is super excited to get out here with the big winter finally over, we have tons of fishes out here,” Hughes said.

Anglers were hoping to hook the big one to bring a nice dinner home.

"Eating fish fresh I haven't been ice fishing for six weeks, fresh fish is the most exciting thing,” Burger said.

"Hopefully we catch some northern. Anything that'll bite would be nice,” Peterson said.

Whether its catching Northerns, walleye, or trout, anglers were thrilled to use their fishing rods again and be out in the water.

"Get out there and enjoy it, whether you catch anything or not, you're going to catch some vitamin D anyway,” Burger said.


Alejandra Palacios

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