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DOUGLAS COUNTY, WI - The threat of rain and cold weather may have scared some fisherman away from the 2012 fishing opener in Wisconsin, but those who decided to take a chance were rewarded.
"Lukas had one musky on his line that got snapped off which was fun. Other than that it's two bass I think we got Luke? Two bass, three or four walleyes, had a good breakfast this morning and life's good,” said Joel Loehr, an Amnicon Lake fisherman.
While only a few early morning boats could be found out on Amnicon Lake in Douglas County, some fisherman saw it as a good way of preparing for future angling trips.
"I'm more of a Minnesota fishing opener guy and so I'm really just doing a trial run here on my portaging boat," said Ken Ropp, of Foxboro, Wisconsin.
For many, the fishing opener is an opportunity for those searching for that big catch. But for others, it’s an opportunity to spend quality time with family.
"It's been a tradition. you know Lukas is 13 now, Colin's 15 and it's more of the tradition that I like. And if the fishing's a little slow we'll talk about sports, basketball, and baseball and get caught up in stuff and just go out and have a good time,” said Loehr.
Loehr’s son, Lukas said, "I mean fishing is great but hanging out with my dad the whole day that's really nice.”
The action was a little hit or miss, but fisherman say they're just glad to be out fishing again.
Loehr said, “As long as it isn't raining I'll have a good time."
"Just catching fish is a bonus, so it's about getting out and having fun," said Ropp.