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Snow slowing down ice fishing businessSubmitted: 02/22/2019
Snow slowing down ice fishing business
RHINELANDER - Minnows swimming in containers are about the only activity at The Fishing Hole Bait and Tackle Shop recently. Since Wednesday, owner Gary Mangerson has seen very few customers.

"It will hurt all bait and tackle stores," said Mangerson. "No one can get out on the lakes right now."

The recent snowfall across the Northwoods has piled up on some lakes.

"Right now we're having a lot of slush anywhere from six inches to 12 inches is what I'm hearing," said Mangerson. "Then on top that, we have another two feet of snow."

Ice fisherman have braved the thick snow to try and ice fish, but it has been challenging.


"It's just difficult. You have to want to sweat a little bit, dig a little bit. When we're going to go adventuring we always two trucks or two vehicles in case somebody gets stuck, said ice fisherman Jess Krueger.

Despite all the snow on the lakes scaring off people from ice fishing, there are still people out here enjoying the opportunity to ice fish in this nice weather.

"So we just take advantage, come out here and do a little shoveling, get down to the ice. Ice is about three feet thick right now," said ice fisherman Roy Ward.

The weekends snow storm looks to scare some people back inside until the snow and ice melt.

The Fishing Hole hopes business will pick back up once people start fishing for crappie and bluegill.


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