By Tim Kowols
Business was as big as the fish caught by anglers for lakeshore communities like Kewaunee. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, fishing trip-related equipment sales generates $1.4 billion in direct expenditures alone. This also helps nearby businesses profit from visiting anglers exploring their communities. It was a great year for Accurate Marine owner and Wisconsin Lakeshore Business Association President Tom Kleiman as anglers from across the country kept his shop busy. He credits better lake management for the increase in activity.
Kleiman believes with the improved seawall and rebuilt launch ramps that Kewaunee could experience more growth in its fishing industry in 2019. The Wisconsin Lakeshore Business Association, which boasts members from Baileys Harbor to Kenosha, will host an interest-driven seminar this Saturday afternoon in Algoma.