Nature Matters: Wisconsin Anglers May Tangle With Ice On Opener

By KBJR News 1

April 30, 2013 Updated Apr 30, 2013 at 9:37 AM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)
Riding an ice flow for fishing may good enough for this goose and even her gander, but it's not recommended for Wisconsinites looking forward to opener this weekend.
Many of them fear the lakes will still be choked with ice this Saturday morning.

"Some of the lakes still have two feet of ice out there."

Don Hobson of Northwest Outlet in Superior says many of his customers are concerned about that.

"Most of them are saying that probably in the first time of any fishing opener they might be able to ice fish." said Hobson.

"The thought of ice fishing in May is fun to kid about but in reality, the U.S. Coast Guard feels that anglers should stick to the boats rather than venturing out on potentially thin ice." said Dave Anderson near the St. Louis River.

"Usually during the transition from hard water to soft water is a very dangerous time to go out on the ice. You really can't trust it." said BM1 Jonah Farkas of the Coast Guard.

The Wisconsin DNR is hopeful that northern Wisconsin lakes will clear of ice just in time but also admit some may indeed stay iced up on Saturday.
That may drive many anglers to the Saint Louis River which is partially open.
Coast Guard coxswain Jonah Farkas urges those people to be cautious when navigating.

"Definitely have someone looking out on the bow of the boat to make sure you're not going to have a collision with a piece of ice floating near you." said Farkas.

And, Farkas wants people braving opening day to be aware of the threat of hypothermia.

"Biggest word of advice I would say is if you are going to go out, be safe about it. The water temperature is still extremely cold."

In Superior for Nature Matters, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

Wisconsin state officials report the annual Governor's Fishing Opener is still expected to happen even though the ice still lingers on Lake Namekagon near Cable.