“I think it is going to make the bite better in certain areas. Some fish are going to be more congregated and so there is going to be more areas that don’t have fish, but the areas that do have fish – there is going to be a higher density of fish,” says Grant Sorensen, host of the TV Show ‘Superior Angling Co.’
Finding a spot could be interesting as many lakes in the north remain ice-covered, though DNR officers are reporting smaller lakes in Bayfield and Douglas Counties are open and more could be open by Saturday.
“On a couple of the small lakes on Bayfield and Douglas counties, the ice is off. The bigger lakes seem to have quite a bit of ice, but it is starting to move and if I had to guess, I’d think that quite a few of the lakes in Bayfield and Douglas county will be ice free come opening day,” says DNR Fisheries Biologist Scott Toshner.
Rivers may be popular, such as the West Fork of the Chippewa Flowage. The northern bass zone opens Saturday for catch-and-release only for smallmouth bass through June 15th. The harvest begins the next day.