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Opening day anglers wait as ice-out delayed in North

Conditions vary
as warm temps
finally arrive

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Thousands of anglers would normally be converging on the North Woods this weekend as fishing seasons open for walleye, northern pike and trout this Saturday, May 4, but a slow-to-arrive spring has delayed ice-out across Vilas and Oneida counties.

Opening day of the 2013 regular inland fishing season follows the coldest March and April on record and is shaping up as the polar opposite of the 2012 season opener, which followed the hottest March on record.

As of Monday, a majority of the lakes were still ice-covered in northern Wisconsin and water levels are higher than normal on many rivers as the snow melts. Warm weather finally arrived last weekend, with the high temperature hitting the upper 60s and lower 70s Saturday through Tuesday.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 6:26 PM
Last Updated on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 6:42 PM

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