On Eve Of Wisconsin Fishing Opener, Ice Remains On Many Lakes

With the Wisconsin fishing opener less than a day away, many lakes in Northwestern Wisconsin remained ice-covered, said Steve Dinda of the Bait Box in Superior.

Based on reports he’s received, Amnicon, Dowling and most of the Upper St. Croix lakes are still ice-covered. Lake Nebagamon also is mostly ice-covered, except where current enters and leaves the lake, he said.

Nelson Lake near Hayward is open, Dinda said, as is Yellow Lake near Webster. The West Branch of the Chippewa Flowage near Hayward is open, although other parts of the Chippewa Flowage remain ice-covered, according to reports from there.

The Minong Flowage near Gordon is open, Dinda said.

Anglers are beginning to get in the mood, despite those conditions, Dinda said.

“It’s been steady, as far as people in and out,” he said at midday Friday. “We’re selling minnows and licenses. And some guys are getting a jump on boat tags for the St. Louis River.”

Walleye fishing on the St. Louis River doesn’t open until May 10, concurrently with the Minnesota inland fishing opener.