Eau Claire (WQOW) — The annual Wisconsin Sport Show kicked off Friday, and hunting and fishing experts agree – they’re ready for winter to be over.
Recreation enthusiasts can explore everything outdoors at the sport show, from hunting and fishing to boating and grilling.
The snow may be melting now, but News 18 asked fishing experts how this winter could impact the upcoming season. They said flooding could impact the lakes and rivers, but they’re optimistic.
“People are ready to go out, buy their rod and reel, they want to go out and fish, but they can’t, so I think people are really getting ready to,” said Dave Christenson, from Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle out of St. Paul, MN. ” [It] might be a little wait yet, but hopefully the lakes will break up the next couple weeks with this weather.”
Hunting experts seem to agree. They told News 18 they’re looking forward to a great season, despite the record amounts of snow.
“Too much water flooding in the swamp-lands impacting the deer that way, they’ve got to move to a little bit drier land,” said Cody Scmid, from Edenwood Ranch & Preserve out of Wautoma, WI. “[I] still think the hunting season will be good. Don’t have to worry about that, just this short period of time with the thaw.”
The Wisconsin Sport Show runs through Sunday, at the Chippewa Valley Expo Center. You can find information on specific times and ticket pricing here.
News 18 is a proud sponsor of the event.