Anglers were able to get out to kick off the inland fishing season on Saturday, but local businesses are blaming weather for fewer participants.
The owner of Riverside Bait and Tackle in Wausau, Keith Syring said windy conditions and cooler water temperatures are to blame. He said the surface water temperature this morning in Lake Wausau was about 10 degrees lower than normal.
"It's all mother nature in this business," he said, "If it's cold and windy and gloomy, you're not going to get the people out. Now the sun is out, but it was cold and gloomy this morning and that just keeps the regulars away."
He said water temperatures are not far from the ideal for catching walleye, giving some die-hard anglers enough hope to head out today. Walleye, Northern Pike, and Large Mouth Bass are in season in our area now. The DNR said the Musky season won't start until May 24.
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