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Gov. Walker's fishing opener will include ice, snow, and cold


CABLE, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker might have to wear a snowmobile suit to go fishing this weekend.

The sport fishing season begins Saturday on Wisconsin’s inland waterways.

The Governor’s Fishing Opener will take place on Lake Namakagon near Cable – close to where over 14-inches of snow fell Wednesday night and Thursday morning in Sawyer County.

But it’s not just the new storm that’s causing potential problems for anglers.

It’s been cold and snowy for most of 2013 – including the month-and-a-half in which spring was supposed to be sprung.

Officials say many lakes in northwest Wisconsin are still frozen. Lake Namakagon, where the governor will be, was just starting to open up Wednesday along its north shore.

James Bolen of the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce joked that he asked a Coast Guard cutter from Duluth to break-up the ice.

In neighboring Minnesota, the DNR has made some lake areas off-limits to fishing. That’s because walleye are spawning later than normal, and officials say they need to be protected.