Wisc. Anglers Will Hit the Water Even With Ice

By KBJR News 1

May 3, 2013 Updated May 3, 2013 at 6:33 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The Wisconsin fishing opener will go on as scheduled tomorrow, but anglers in much of the Northland won't be in boats for the first weekend.

"In my career since I was a little kid, this is the worst it's been," said Jarrid Houston, a professional fishing guide.

Anglers will be met with a different challenge this year: ice and snow in most of Northwestern Wisconsin. But that doesn't necessarily mean anglers are out of luck.

"The traditional patterns that fish take in the spring are just going to lag behind, but that's not to say you're not going to be able to catch any," Houston said.

As far as finding open water, Houston says it pays to do your research.

"Always call the bait stores. Ask them for advice on what lakes are open and what lakes have boat accesses good to go."

If you're still planning on going out this weekend to brave these elements, make sure you dress warmly. Wear gloves and a hat or a hood or whatever you need to do to stay warm and avoid hypothermia.

"If somebody gets wet, you better take care of it quick. Try best you can to not get wet."

But cold, wet weather or not, there are still fish to catch. Houston says live bait is the way to go.

"We'll be using jig and minnows and worms. We'll be working shorelines and then working deeper from there," Houston said.

The snow and ice hasn't scared away some Northland anglers.

"You wait all winter for it, just to get out there and to get outdoors," said Mike Nelson of the South Range.

"Crappies and northern pike. Get some good dinner on Saturday," said Brent Carlson of Superior.

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