Slow start to fishing season affects businessesSubmitted: 05/03/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray

TOMAHAWK - Saturday might have looked like a perfect day to go fishing.

But some of the Northwoods lakes weren't accessible.

That's because some of them still have ice on it.

Opening day for fishing season began Saturday.

People traveled across the state to get a bite of the Northwoods.

But some had to drag their boats to another lake because of the ice.

A business owner in Tomahawk says he sees fishermen come to his shop to get gear because the rivers in Tomahawk are thawed.

"We're in a real groovy situation here. We have three main rivers. Therefore they're ice free," said Chuck's Sport Shop owner, Chuck Grig.

"We have seven large dams. We have five big flowages. So we're fish-able."

Grig says icy lakes aren't the problem for business being slow today.

It's the bag limit on walleyes.

"A lot of people that normally come up from south haven't. But we compensate for that with the ice up north. So we're getting business from up north," Grig said.

His business is open seven days a week.

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