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Fishing season starts Saturday, but there's a catch

Many people in Central Wisconsin are ready to start casting their lines. Saturday marks the start of the fishing season.

The store manager at the Bait Shoppe says last minute preparations have been good for business. Helping to make up for a shortened ice fishing season.

"Business has been great," said Brett Chariton, the Bait Shoppe. " We've had a lot. We can barely sit down probably 5-10 minutes of free time and other person comes in, which is nice."

To reel in the customers the store will stay open until midnight on Friday. And for the early birds eager to buy worms, it will open Saturday at 4 a.m.

Experts say this year's season will be different because of the recent warm weather.

A DNR fisheries biologist says fish have already started spawning. He says conditions now are similar to what he normally sees in the middle of May.

"I think people will find that they will have to change their tactics for what they might normally use for opening weekend," said John Kubisiak, Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Biologist. "If they can find where the fish have moved to they should be more aggressively feeding and probably easier to catch, but it's still fishing."  

But others worry the fish may be harder to catch.

"The fish are going to be more in their summer pattern," said Chariton. "It might be a little harder to catch the fish, but can't complain about sunshine and nicer weather."

But even if the fish aren't biting,  there's something special about opening day.

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