Some ice concerns on Shawano Lake slowly diminished as the WIFA State High School Ice Fishing Championship got under way Saturday morning.
Hundreds of teenagers took to the lake at the crack of dawn to participate in the one of the largest fishing tourneys in northeast Wisconsin. And while there was two to three inches of standing water just about everywhere on the lake, it didn't seem to dampen spirits.
"We got all these guys out here that probably didn't hang out outside of school. But now we get them in the same vehicles and they're all driving three to four hours to go to these tournaments and they're starting to bond and build these relationships, which is just as important as it is fishing or winning tournaments," says Coach Ben Hendricks of the Burlington High School Fishing Team.
For the second year in a row the Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School Fishing Team took down the tourney. If you want to find out how your school can get involved and start a club we’ve included a link below to find out how.