This past Wednesday was, I think, the 15th annual Take A Kid Fishing day. The event is run out of Sportsman’s Lodge and approximately 100 kids are treated to a day on the water with a volunteer. For some, the attention span to fish is short and they would just as soon go to the beach on Pine Island and play or skip rocks. Others would prefer to stay in the boat and fish. The day is finished off with wonderful door prizes for all the youngsters and a great meal of fried fish, hamburgers, hotdogs and all the fixings.
The boats are scheduled to leave Sportsman’s about 10:00 a.m. and be back in at 3:30 p.m. It was raining that morning and some kids didn’t show and others came in late. For the past two or three years, I just wait around and if there are a couple of late comers and the rest of the boats are gone, then I go. That worked out quite well, because by the time I put the boat in, it had quit raining and was quite nice out. I had Jasmine and Jeremiah with me and we started by pulling crankbaits in Four-Mile-Bay. In about an hour of fishing the kids caught five walleyes; three little ones; Jeremiah a nice eater and Jasmine a 20″ slot fish. It was then time to join several other boats that came to Pine Island to take a break and play. After the break, fishing was cut short as another rain cloud moved in. Jasmine caught our only fish after the break; a nice 21″ walleye. We came in with only the one fish, but most boats had fish and somewhere between six and ten seemed to be the average. Some boats were jigging in 30′, some drifted in 9′ to 15′ along Pine and some pulled crankbaits in front of the Gap. It was another successful Take A Kid Fishing day.
Jasmine with her 21″ walleye
Jeremiah with his walleye