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Delayed fishing opener activities underway


CABLE, WI (WSAU) -  After a late spring and long wait for the ice to go out of northern Wisconsin lakes, Governor Scott Walker finally wet a line.

The Governor’s Fishing Opener was delayed because ice was still covering Lake Namakagon opening weekend, but the delayed activities took place Saturday near Cable.

Walker took the opportunity to meet with children that were fishing, and also to promote the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative announced last week. The Wisconsin Walleye Initiative will invest millions and allow for hatcheries to use government bonding to expand production. Under this initiative, production is estimated to increase from 60,000–120,000 large walleye fingerlings to well over 500,000 by 2016. The Walleye fingerlings will be produced by state hatcheries, private hatcheries, and will involve the Summer Tribal Youth Project.

Walker caught an attentive audience, but he didn’t say if he caught any fish Saturday.