2014 Wisconsin fishing opener expected to be rough for businesses

By KBJR News 1

May 2, 2014 Updated May 2, 2014 at 8:18 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Bait shop owners in Superior are fishing for customers as the prolonged winter weather has stifled sales for the 2014 Wisconsin fishing opener.

It's been a tough couple of years for anglers in the Northland, and also for bait shop owners.

Bait Box owner, Steve Dinda joined us to talk about this weekend's fishing opener in Wisconsin, and just like last year sales are expected to be low.

Bait shop owners say they are having a difficult time making sales, but they expect the tides to turn soon.

Fishing guides in Superior say it's difficult to get a boat on most lakes, but that doesn't mean you can't fish at all.

"You can stop at little open streams along roadways or if you stop at a lake, maybe a public area where you can cast out a little bit without having to put the effort into putting a boat into the water or nothing like that. Or if you want to get on some big waters you're just going to have to head south," said Jarrid Houston, a local fishing guide.

Some tips from fishermen include sticking to live bait, working in shallow emerging weed lines, which is where the walleye tend to hide, and to also move around if you're not catching any fish.

Experts say depending on what the weather will do we will likely see things looking normal in about another week or two.

Elsa Robins