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Wisconsin inland fishing season begins

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UNDATED, WI (WXOW) - The inland fishing season opener is this Saturday and Sunday.

The Department of Natural Resources advised caution for the start of the season.

The conditions are opposite of last year in some areas.

There is still up to 20 inches of ice on some northern lakes, with better conditions in southern Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Harter says some anglers still fished Lake Namekagon's open water near shore and the thawed river outlet. He says some even chose to ice fish.

He says conditions were much different last year, with the ice melting by March.

Some events associated with the annual Governor's Fishing Opener still went on Saturday in Bayfield County on Lake Namekagon.

Governor Scott Walker delayed his fishing outing there to wait for safer conditions.

Governor Walker won't be attending the annual Governor's Fishing Opener this weekend due to more than a foot of snow in Bayfield County.

Deputy Tourism Secretary Dave Fantle says Walker wants to fish Lake Namekagon and showcase the area under safer conditions and hopes to reschedule his visit soon. The Cable Area of Chamber of Commerce is still holding related events.

Then Governor Warren Knowles started the event in 1965.

Governor Jim Doyle missed the fishing opener in 2006, when his mother died. Weather also caused the event to be moved from Lake Namekagon to Eau Claire Chain of Lakes in 1996.

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