The first weekend of May was off to an exciting start as fishermen were back out on the water after a record-breaking winter in Wisconsin.
Governor Walker kicked off the fishing season in Chetek Saturday morning.
"It seemed like it took forever," said Tim Obremski, a fishing enthusiast in Lake Dubay. "Last year we were out here in the middle of March and now we are here in May and the ice is finally off and it's exciting to get out here."
Obremski was among many across the state to finally be able to enjoy their hobby Saturday. Obremski said he usually spends the fishing opener up north.
"We like to get up north for the opening of fishing, however the lakes that we like to fish out there are particularly ice-covered so we figured we come out to Dubay and give it a try," he said.
Obremski said being on the boat with a fishing pole is the perfect way to spend quality time with his son.
"I spend a lot of father son time out here for sure, fishing tournaments and just leisure fishing as well," Obremski said.
Given the long winter, Obremski was not too sure if he would be able to get his fishing gear out anytime soon.
"I was starting to wonder if we were going to have ice on the water for the Fourth of July but it finally broke so here we are," Obremski said.
Fishing enthusiasts weren't the only ones busy for the fishing opener. A bait shop just a few miles down from Lake Dubay almost ran out of bait.
"My brother had to come back twice already to deliver more baits so it's been an awesome opening for fishing season," said Renee Sullivan the manager of Cryan's Du Bay Pit Stop.
She said she had all hands on deck to keep up with the bait sales.
"I can't believe it's been so crazy today," Sullivan said. "We have been extremely busy, we have got two people working with the baits."