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Dane County based fishing guide remains closed

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The Wisconsin fishing opener was two weeks ago, while some fishing guides in Dane County remain closed.

Noah Humfeld of Cottage Grove owns and operates Madison Angling Guide Service in Dane County. This is normally one of his busiest times of the season.

"Spring is a big part of what gets the train rolling. Especially here in Wisconsin," said Humfeld. "Walleye fishing is super popular. That is usually a spring time thing. It's been a big hit to a lot of us."

Humfeld hasn't been able to do any guides since March when the pandemic hit. He's had to turn away business and estimates seven-eight thousand dollars worth of paid business.

"A slow week for me is probably four days a week that I'm guiding but usually it's anywhere from five to seven days a week," said Humfeld about what the month of May is normally like for his business.

Humfeld knows he could go to neighboring counties like Jefferson and Columbia and legally operate his business. He has decided to wait it out until Dane County's Safer At Home orders are over.

"There's a lot of other guides that operate here in Madison and we are just hanging out waiting for things to get better," said Humfeld.

He does still interact with costumers and other fishing anglers through his YouTube page. Humfeld tries to post a video a week from his fishing outings. He uses his videos to help keep interest in his business once he's allowed to open again.

"Having a plan, knowing this could happen again in the future I think will open a lot of eyes and it has had an impact on my and my business," said Humfeld.

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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