Anglers in Madison bundle up to ice fish in frigid temperatures

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MADISON (WKOW) – Despite bitter cold temperatures settling in, dozens of people spent their Sunday out ice fishing. They had some tricks to stay warm.

Anglers on Monona Bay were battling single-digit temperatures and wind chills well below zero.

“It’s really about the wind,” said ice fisher Dillon Mezera.

He says the key is to keep moving. If you don’t, you’ll be in trouble.

“Your line freezes up and you can’t really do much.”

Sunday was the last day for Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin, but with the arctic temperatures, some people still weren’t convinced enough to go fishing.

“You wouldn’t catch me sitting on a five-gallon bucket for hours on end trying to fish,” said Brian Colgan, who passed by the bay with his dog Franky.

“I’m originally from Florida, so I’d much rather be surf fishing than ice fishing,” he said.

Robert Marshall came all the way from Missouri to go ice fishing. He had a full kit of warming supplies to stay toasty on the ice. This was only his second time ice fishing.

“A heater, lots of propane bottles, a little camp stove to cook something hot to eat,” he said.

But his plan now that he’s done fishing?

“Head south.”

Mezera agreed it was time to be out of the cold.

“Go back and warm up I think,” he said.

If you missed this weekend or simply couldn’t stand the cold, the Wisconsin DNR will have another, warmer Free Fishing Weekend June 1st and 2nd.

Andrew Merica

Andrew Merica

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