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Ice and Cold makes Slow Fishing OpenerSubmitted: 05/04/2013
Story By Joe Dufek


- Many lakes in the Northwoods still had ice for Saturday's opener. Some reports of over 12 inches of ice.

This plus the recent cold weather left water temperatures below ideal spawning weather.

That's 40 degrees or more. But that didn't deter these guys on Schoolhouse Bay in Minocqua. Getting a little ice fishing in. When in Rome right? One of them would reel in a 13 inch crappie.

10-year old Mason Burkhart of Bryant tried his luck on some trout fishing on the Eau Claire River just north of Antigo. He did catch a 7 1/2 incher. It was released because it was too small.


Newswatch 12's Joe Dufek didn't have much luck either. He went with Gary Myshak of Eagle River on the Sugar Camp chain. We also got skunked.

That was the theme of the day. The water is too cold, so the fish weren't biting.

"It will definatley improve," says Myshak. "We've got forecasts of temperatures in the 70s. It will get the fish moving with water temps in the 40s degrees. Spawning range is 40-45 (degrees). As the ice dissappears, they will get into the shallow water to spawn and get moving."


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