WI Fishing Opener: Despite Late Ice, Lakes Should be Ready

Updated: May 02, 2019 10:51 PM

The Wisconsin fishing opener is this Saturday and, despite late ice, many lakes in Bayfield and Douglas counties look to be available for the busy day. 

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Grant Sorenson, the host of Superior Angling Co., noted that "most [lakes] are open, most are fishable, but [have] very very cold water so we might have to downsize, slow down your presentation a little bit. Have patience, but the fish are going to be there and they will be eager to eat your bait once you get it in front of them."

Walleyes are the prize for some but others might be thinking bass. Saturday is day one of the largemouth harvest in the northern zone. Smallmouth will be catch-and-release until the third Saturday in June. 

"There's a suite of regulations for bass especially small mouth bass in Bayfield and Douglas counties and some of the bigger lakes where small mouth bass are present. So I just encourage anglers to either go on their phone and get the app for the regulations that you can easily access, or stop in the local bait shop and get the regulation book and just make sure the lake you intend on fishing you know the regs for," said Scott Toshner, a fisheries biologist for the Wisconsin DNR.

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