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SUPERIOR - A blanket of heavy snow covering the Northland is starting to worry Wisconsin fishermen.
There are eight days and counting to Wisconsin’s fishing opener and the outlook for open water isn't good.
"The snow's okay. It's just the ice on the lake that going to be the issue," said Steve Dinda, owner of The Bait Box in Superior.
The record breaking cold and snow is starting to leak into the Northland's long awaited spring.
While fishermen worry about ice covering the lakes, not everyone is fed up with the unseasonable snow.
“Very uncommon,” laughed Dinda. “I mean it seems to be becoming a trend here.”
Wisconsin fishermen are expecting this year’s opener to mirror last year's; cold and covered in ice.
“There's some people who enjoy ice fishing more than regular fishing,” said Dinda. “It's exciting for them because they can keep ice fishing.”
Dinda has sold a fair amount of licenses so far, but the coming week will tell the story of which fishermen will bait their hook and fight the frozen tundra for the second year in a row.
Up on Lutsen Mountain, a late April snow is great for business.
For the first time in the mountain's history, Lutsen plans to stay open into the first weekend of May.
Pictures of the aftermath from the late April storm shows reserve piles virtually untouched.
So far this season, Lutsen has seen 13 feet of snow.
They say weather like this is unprecedented and they've chose to stay open simply because they can.
For more information on the Wisconsin Fishing Opener, click here.
For more information on Lutsen’s extended season, click here.