Late Season Ice Impacts Northwoods Businesses

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Many Northwoods communities rely heavily on tourism to make the economy thrive.
Last year at this time places like Minocqua already had tourists and anglers flocking to the area.

This year however it is a different story due in large part to the fact that lakes are still frozen over, making traditional fishing impossible.
Bait and tackle shop owner Kurt Justice says many tourists from Illinois and Southern Wisconsin say they were planning to come up to the area for the start of the sport fishing season but upon realizing things were still frozen, backed out. It is something that has him worried.

"Because of the weather a lot of the people that normally come up on the weekends for the season opener to open up their cabins aren't coming. We get a lot of people from down south calling and they are kinda shocked and we tell them the lakes are still frozen." Justice says.

Fortunately the DNR predicts that once the waters do finally unfreeze, anglers should be able to look forward to a good walleye season despite being a bit later than usual.
The last time that lakes were frozen over this late in the season was back in 1996.

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