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Fishing season starts with unusual weather in WI

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CABLE (WKOW) -- The condition for the start of Wisconsin's inland fishing season is the exact opposite of last year in some areas.

There is still up to 20 inches of ice on some northern lakes, with better conditions in southern Wisconsin.

Some events associated with the annual Governor's Fishing Opener still went on Saturday in Bayfield County on Lake Namekagon. Gov. Scott Walker delayed his fishing outing there to wait for safer conditions.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Harter says some anglers still fished Lake Namekagon's open water near shore and the thawed river outlet. He says some even chose to ice fish.

He says conditions were much different last year, with the ice melting by March.

Then-Gov. Warren Knowles started the event in 1965.

A bait shop owner in Eau Claire says he's never experienced an opener quite like this, and he's expecting less business because of it.

"I've heard stories that people are canceling their weekends up [north] and postponing their trips," says Mike Buroker, owner of Buroker's Taxidermy Bait and Tackle. "I feel pretty lucky that we have open lakes here. That'll keep the guys home, they'll fish around here this weekend."

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CABLE (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's fishing opener is Saturday, but Governor Walker won't be casting a line.

He was scheduled to fish on Lake Namekagon but they got more than a foot of snow in Bayfield County.

The governor hopes to reschedule soon.

Some northern lakes have up to 20 inches of ice on them.

The Department of Natural Resources has advised caution when the fishing season starts Saturday.

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