Eager Anglers Gear Up For Wisconsin's Fishing Opener

By KBJR News 1

May 6, 2011 Updated May 6, 2011 at 7:52 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --Wisconsin's highly anticipated fishing opener is just hours away.

At the stroke of midnight, anglers from around the region will be able to cast their lines in Wisconsin's inland lakes.

LeAnn Wallace has the details.

"When I'm fishing, I'm only thinking about fishing."

For many anglers like Joe Bruley, Wisconsin's Fishing Opener is like a holiday.

"That's what's great about it. Just get out and relax, enjoy the outdoors, enjoy being on the water, leave you worries and your troubles behind."

"Just the freedom of being able to push off the dock, let go of everything, and the thrill of finding fish," said Lee Dueland.

Northwest Outlet in Superior is stocked full with the necessities as well as some of the extras.

"Definitely protecting your eyes, we've got some sunglasses too, that always helps being able to see down in the waters, with clarity, some of the water in the inlands are going to be not as clear," said Clyde Waltenbaugh, a sales associate at Northwest Outlet.

Sunglasses or not, anglers all have their eyes on the same prize.

"On the opener, of course we go for walleyes," said Bruley.

There's a new option for those looking to catch a big one on Wisconsin's lakes and rivers this year: for the first time in state history, people can purchase a one–day fishing license.

"We've got single day licenses available so that's always something that we've been looking for a long time. Other states have had it but we haven't and I think it'll get a lot more anglers out there from visiting states," said Waltenbaugh.

While many are hitting the water in hopes of reeling in a fish...a lot of them are still keeping their mothers in mind.

"It's also Mother's Day this weekend so take care of her before hand or take her with you."

A fish dinner perhaps?

"No fish on Sunday for mom I don't think. I think we'll take her out to dinner," said Bruley.

State border waters, including the St. Louis River, won't be open until May 14th.

May 14th is Minnesota's Opener.