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Late season ice off could lead to some good fishing

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What are your concerns for fishing opener? What are your concerns for fishing opener?

Despite the unseasonable weather, fishing opener is right around the corner, and the lingering cold has caused the ice on the lakes to stick around.

Although anglers could be concerned about the ice cover the D-N-R says there is a silver lining.

"Right now the ice pack is pretty heavy," owner of Chalstrom's, John Chalstrom said. 

As the snow continues to fall.

"I'm still hopeful that we have a lot of warm weather that comes in between now and opener to get the ice out of the way," Chalstrom said. 

Outdoorsmen are preparing for fishing opener. 

"On the local lakes about 30 inches of ice. And when you get up by the Canadian Border. They are pushing 54 - 55 inches of ice up there," Chalstrom said. 

"We definitely could some warm days." 

Anglers will be crossing their fingers.

"As we get closer to May that it's just a drastic change of temperatures from this cold winter stuff to spring or early summer temps," owner of Houston's Guide Service, Jarrid Houston said. 

But these lingering cold temperatures could lead to some good fishing. Even if you can't get out onto the water. 

"There will be areas at like bottle necks. Ya know like bridges that go across lakes like up in island lake and fish lake. That water will be open. I mean, It's open now," Houston said. 

According to the D-N-R anglers could expect a pretty good walleye bite because of the late spawn and cold water temperatures. 

"This year the Walleye spawn should be happening as people are able to go out and fish so they might be more accessible for anglers," WI. D-N-R fishery biologist Scott Toshner said. 

Of course, you always need to be mindful of the ice conditions. 

"Especially near the end of the season like that because you really don't know where some rotten spots are on the ice,"  Toshner said. 

So this weather - as unseasonable as it may be - might not be such a bad thing for fishing opener. 

"Fishing will be good because everything will be kind of behind. There's good opportunities to catch walleye for the traditional walleye opener, " Houston said.

The D-N-R also recommends you check the ice conditions at your local bait shop before you head out onto the lake. 

Wisconsin's Fishing Opener is Saturday May fifth  and Minnesota's is May twelfth. 

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