Cold waters to greet anglers opener weekend in Wisconsin

Updated: April 28, 2021 10:53 PM
Created: April 28, 2021 10:13 PM

As anglers gear up for this Saturday's Wisconsin fishing opener, they should be prepared for cold conditions.

Scott Toshner of the DNR said an early ice melt in northwestern Wisconsin, followed by cold and rainy days, have kept water temperatures around 45 degrees. This means that hypothermia can set in quickly even on sunny days. In addition, the early ice out generally means walleye are done spawning and more active.

"Generally it takes them a couple of weeks to recover from their spawning activities and start feeding again actively. That feeding can be experienced by anglers as a good bite, so the earlier the walleye spawn, sometimes the better for walleye anglers," said Toshner.

To hook a big walleye he also suggests seeking out warmer waters on the northern ends of lakes or fishing along old weed edges or drop offs.

Fishing and keeping walleyes, largemouth bass and pike begins at 12:01 a.m. May 1 in the Badger State.

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