Hayward Gears Up for Saturday’s Fishing Opener

Warm Weather Brings in More Anglers

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While the Minnesota fishing opener is still a week away, anglers across the bridge are gearing up for a weekend full of friends and fish. 

Saturday, walleye, trout and bass will be the talk of Hayward. 

Unlike the last 3 years, the lake is finally not covered in ice and fishermen could not be more ecstatic.

There’s so much anticipation, the city has seen many come weeks in advance to get ready.

“They wanted their boats right away, they wanted to get their campers in their spots and everything wasn’t quite ready,” said Executive Director of Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, Sherry Beckman.

With temperatures expected to be above average many are excited for what the weekend will bring. 

“People have actually been out fishing pan-fish, crop and blue gale all this week because the weather has been so nice,” said Professional Fishing Guide, Steve Jenson.

But, before fisherman drop a line in the water, they’re loading up on tackle and bait.

“We have people coming in here for the things they don’t have.  Live bait and of course all the lures that they need so it is a huge impact,” said Jenson.

That impact helps Hayward’s economy immensely.

Richard Cooper, owner of Cooper’s restaurant noticed the tourism season is starting much earlier this year.

“The gas is cheap, people are traveling, and we’re a month ahead for weather so the lakes are good temperature for fishing,” said Cooper.

What better Wisconsin town to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Governor’s fishing opener than Hayward.

“They continue to come back because they enjoy it so much and they enjoy the Northwood’s experience.  Of course, the great fishing too.”

Governor Scott Walker is in town to help kick off the weekend.

Not only is it expected to be packed out on the water but the downtown will be hustling and bustling just as much.  

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