Ice Keeps Walker Away from Fishing Opener

Posted at: 05/03/2013 10:04 AM
Updated at: 05/04/2013 5:30 PM
By: Maarja Anderson & Jon Ellis

At Lakewoods resort on Lake Namakagon, it looks like a winter wonderland.

The ice forced Gov. Scott Walker to stay south for fishing opener, but organizers are going forward with the Governor’s Fishing Opener weekend as planned.

"Everybody pulls together, that's what we do in Cable," said Kelly Rauch with the Cable Rod & Gun Club.

Organizers needed a little perseverance.

"Never could we have imagined it would be this type of a spring and that we would have this record snow and really late ice out," said James Bolen, the executive director of the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce.

Icicles and snow-covered patios – not something you expect to see the first weekend of May.

"It's going to be different, it's not going to be your traditional fishing opener and by no means is this a traditional opener," said P.C. Rasmussen of Lakewoods Resort.

The Cable area has been planning this big weekend for ten months, but this last month of weather has put all their plans up in the air.  Some outdoor events were brought inside, but the wintry weather didn't hold back the Cable Rod and Gun Club.

"Even with the 16 inches of snow we got here… we came down and shoveled out the pathways and opened out the clubhouse, opened up the trap house," Rauch said.

Trap shooting was the one outdoor event not cancelled.

Gov. Walker, who is also attending the state Republican Party convention in Wausau this weekend, was unable to fly in to Cable for the fishing opener due to ice-covered runways at area airports.

"They'll work his schedule so in the next couple weeks where he’ll come back and we'll do another event where he can spend a decent amount of time fishing," Bolen said.

As for fishing on opening Saturday, they'll have to get a little creative.

"We are going to be hand carrying boats to different locations so we're going to old school. It’s going to be grandma and grandpa’s old aluminum boats with the 50 horsepower motor on the back," Rasmussen said.

They'll fish Lake Namakagon where they can, but they will also utilize open water on other area lakes.