Wis. Fishing Opener Less Than Ordinary

By KBJR News 1

May 4, 2013 Updated May 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM CDT

Cable, WI (NNCNOW.com) - This year's fishing opener weekend brought with it a few unexpected surprises.

"Thursday we got about 14 to15 inches of snow, then over night Thursday night and into Friday another 3. So we got about 17 inches of snow," said James Bolen, Executive Director of the Cable Chamber of Commerce.

But despite the snow, the opener must go on.

"The determination here was that we are not going to let a little snow and ice stop us, we are not going to let a frozen lake stop us, this event is going to go on, and the crowd is here, people are here and they are having a great time," said Drew Nussbaum, Tourism Specialist for Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

The 48th annual Governor's Fishing Opener in Cable brought sport and fishing writers from all over Wisconsin, to tell stories of this year's unique experience.

"I'll probably get two columns out of this because we have never had anything like this before, so that will make it a real unique experience," said Bob Wilberscheid, an Outdoor Writer out of New Holstein Wis. This is the 12th fishing opener Wilberscheid has attended and drove six hours to get to Cable.

Last year broke the record for ice off the lake, and this year broke the record for the amount of ice still on the lake.

Despite the conditions, anglers were still reeling in a good catch.

"We got 2 nice German Browns, both about 15 inches, both caught and released so you just take a nice picture and go on, water is a little high, a little cold, its fishing opener, its tradition," said Mark Holley an angler.

Wis. Gov. Scott Walker was unable to attend this weekend's fishing opener due to snow and time constraints. However, he promised to arrange a day when he can come and spend more time out on the water enjoying the fishing.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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