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Ice fishing season winding down


Anglers said there's nothing quite like ice fishing in central Wisconsin.

"My father, brought us out when we were kids and we never gave it up," said Bruce Kuehl.

Kuehl has been ice fishing for more than 25 years. He said although the season has been slow, it didn't stop him from enjoying the sport.

"We caught some crappies, blue gill, some northern," said Kuehl.

Kuehl's shanty sits on Lake Wausau and inside, he's set up for success.

"We don't stop, we just take it right through," said Kuehl.

As fishermen prepare to get their shacks and shanties off the lake, many of them are fishing for that last big catch, while others celebrate with a party.

The DNR said after March 3, all shanties must be off lakes and rivers south of Highway 64. Anglers north of that highway have until March 17 to remove their shanties.

DNR officials said anglers can still bring shanties on the ice as long as they remove them daily and use caution.

"Every lake is different, every waterbody is different and it really depends on, even in the same waterbody you can have a difference in ice conditions," said DNR Conservation Warden, Todd Schaller.

Anglers said although ice fishing season is coming to a close, it just means they need to get their boats ready for summer.

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