Wisconsin Anglers Boost States Economy

By KBJR News 1

May 4, 2012 Updated May 4, 2012 at 6:05 PM CST

Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- For many people in Wisconsin, tomorrow is a bigger holiday than Christmas morning.

Midnight marks the beginning of the 2012 fishing season.

An event that's a big deal for sportsman all over Northern Wisconsin, and for business owners reliant on the revenue generated from fishing.

According to the Wisconsin DNR, billions of dollars and thousands of jobs are dependent on the Wisconsin tradition.

And this weekend, the walleye opener, is it's own sort of stimulus for the state.

It's the calm before the storm in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin...The streets are empty, businesses vacant.

But not for long, as this community is about to see a surplus of visitors.

"Usually Friday is kind of a quite day and then Saturday the lake is busy all day long with people coming and going and fishing."

Tomorrow marks the start of the fishing season in Wisconsin.

A day that brings a much needed economic boost for the sleepy, lake towns in Northern Wisconsin.

John Graves owns the Waterfront Bar and Grill.

"Our businesses at least triples during the opening from in the morning for breakfast all the way into the wee hours of the fisherman singing karaoke from their spoils from the fishing day."

The whole state depends of the spoils from fishing according to the Wisconsin DNR, anglers pump 2.75 billion dollars into Wisconsin economy and produce over 30,000 jobs.

Most anglers are happy to provide this economic boost to the Badger State.

"If the whether cooperates it'll make it a little better be we will be out there rain or shine."

John Graves is hoping rain.

"Hopefully rain brings them into the bar to have a cold refreshment sooner or later in the day."

The Governor will be fishing tomorrow on Trego Lake in Washburn County.

He arrived in Spooner today.

Zach Vavricka

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