DE PERE — After Mother Nature gave Wisconsin’s walleye a head start, anglers are looking to make up for lost time. As moderate temperatures hit the Northeast part of the state this weekend, many people went out on the water, including at Voyageur Park in De Pere.
“Normally right now we’d be about a good 2 or 3 weeks into the season,” said Green Bay’s Michael Vanderleest who was eying walleye and said he reeled in 8 fish on Friday, “and now you’re just in the first actual days of the ice along the shore line being pushed away. Now you’re starting to see everybody come out of the houses trying to enjoy it.”
There were plenty of boats along the Fox River, and many hoped this weekend’s weather would be a sign of things to come.
“up where I live in Door County there’s still a lot of snow left,” said Taylor Elam who came down from Sturgeon Bay to fish in De Pere. “It’s just nice to get down here and hopefully I’ll be able to haul my boat down in a week or two.”