May 2015 opening fishing weekend
It seems as if Mother Nature is apologizing for last year’s weather for the fishing season opener by giving us a spectacular weekend this year. The ice-out is almost a distant memory as we are anticipating temperatures in the 70s this weekend. Perfect!
Also, welcome to the non-fishing new and returning visitors that use this weekend to ready their seasonal accommodations for the upcoming summer season. Take time out from your tasks and enjoy the fresh air and perhaps a barbecue or two!
Here are a few links to help you get ready for the opener as well as some places to visit for gear, guides and government outlets to get you on the water and fish on your line.
For locations on where to buy your fishing licenses or get your boat registered, here is the link that will take you to the Wisconsin DNR site with the right information:
With more than 2,000 lakes in the Vilas and Oneida counties area, the choices of where to fish can be overwhelming. What is a good lake for Walleye, Muskies, pan fish, etc? Click on this site to find a wealth of area maps that will help you decide on where to fish:
Perhaps its time to leave the hit or miss strategy behind and spend your time fishing and not searching for that hot spot. Ask your local neighbor — who may or may not be telling the truth - or opt to hire a local fishing guide and maximize your time on the water actually catching fish.
The following is a website chock full of information that will lead you to many local guides. It also has links to the chambers of commerce for both Oneida and Vilas counties:
Okay, you have your license, the boat is registered, fishing plans are set; however, your gear is a mess. The line on your favorite pole is at least five years old, the crank on the reel won’t lock and its time to mount a chair on that bench seat in your boat. And … oh yeah, you need bait!
There are always the big box stores, but do you really want to take a couple of hours to run to the store?
Here are some bait and tackle shops scattered around the Northwoods. Yes, it is a listing from the Yellowpages, but it has great phone contact and address information. Here are the websites for the businesses listed. Most of the website information in the Yellowpages listing is invalid.
There you have it! In no time at all you will be out on the lake having the time of your life. Best of luck to all the anglers young and old and wishing you a delicious fish fry of your own!