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WAUSAU (WAOW) -
The first weekend of inland fishing season was a success for some anglers.
Many said the warmer temperatures helped them land their perfect catch and bait shop owners in the Wausau area said they've seen a boost in business.
Yeng Thao has been baiting a hook and casting a line for as long as he can remember.
"I was probably about five or six years old, I still remember my dad taking us out on Lake Wausau when I was, you know, little," said Thao.
It's the inland fishing opener and Thao said he's focused on catching some big bass this season on the Wisconsin River.
"The majority of the fishermen up here are walleye anglers and muskie anglers, you've got a lot of panfish anglers, but bass fish has really taken off in this area and it's great to see that," said Thao.
But anglers said a long winter has already brought some challenges.
"Normally this time, the walleyes are already done spawning, the bass are already making their beds, so we're a little behind this year," said Thao.
That doesn't mean there hasn't been success, both big and small.
"We got a pike and a bass today," said Thao.
Meanwhile, bait shop owners said hundreds of anglers spent the weekend stocking up before heading out on the water in the Wausau area.
"We've seen a lot of families come out with their kids, enjoying the great Wisconsin Northwoods," said Riverside Bait Shop Owner, Keith Syring.
Syring said his store now stays open later to meet demand.
He said anglers driving south because of frozen lakes and rivers up north, have caused sales to skyrocket.
"There's been boat after boat in here picking up bait," said Syring.
But while the water is still warming up, anglers like Thao said the fish are definitely biting.
"The conditions are perfect, you couldn't ask for a better day today," said Thao.
A fishing season anglers hope will keep bringing plenty of bites.
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