Eau Claire (WQOW) - The DNR says serious snowpack has made ice fishing conditions less than perfect this winter and a local bait shop says it is impacting his business.
Mike Buroker has owned Buroker's Taxidermy, Bait and Tackle in Eau Claire for 35 years.
He said normally around this time he would have plenty of customers roaming the shop but now poor ice conditions are hurting business.
Buroker said heavy snow on thin ice acts as insulation which doesn't give the ice a chance to thicken.
Plus, all that weight pushing down, pushes the water up, and you end up with slush on top of the frozen water.
"It's been slower this winter because people aren't driving their vehicles on the ice, which they shouldn't. The people that are willing to do the work to go out and fish have been having fun this winter. It's just harder for people my age and older to get around out there if they don't have a way to get all their equipment out there," Buroker said.
The DNR says four inches of ice depth is needed to walk on the ice, eight to 12 inches for small cars and 12 to 15 inches for larger trucks.