The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, along with the Eagle River Guides Association held its thirty-third annual Guides/Kids Fishing Day Thursday, July 11, at the Vilas County Fairgrounds in Eagle River.
The day started with registration, a casting contest and a learning seminar on how to catch panfish, use a slip bobber, and how to tie a hook onto your line. Then it was time for the most awaited part of the day – the drawing of names to go fishing with area guides.
This year’s event went very well with great weather – sunny and warm. Sixteen guides, from around the area, volunteered their time to take two kids fishing in their boats on area lakes. The guides not only shared their fishing gear with the kids, but they shared some of their fishing secrets and special fishing stories.
Children from the ages of seven to 12 participated in this year’s Guides/Kids Fishing Day. These children were from across the area. The best parts of the day were seeing the kids with large smiles when their name was drawn to fish with a guide or best of all the excitement they had when they caught their first fish. The guides were able to take 29 of 36 children who participated out in the boat fishing for the day.
The other children unable to fish with a guide enjoyed fishing stories, a hatchery tour and the opportunity to fish in the trout ponds at the Watersmeet Trout Hatchery in Watersmeet, Mich.
Bill Hassey, chairman of Guides/Kids Fishing Day, helped to organize the day’s events.
Largest fish of the day, which will be turned into a mount by Pineview Outdoors Taxidermy, was a bass of 19-1⁄2 inches caught by Brennan Ranheim of Raleigh, N.C.
The 16 Guides spent time on the water sharing the out-of-doors with the area youth. This event and the opportunity to fish with a guide means a lot to these children. Volunteers helped make sure the event ran smoothly from all angles, and 30 area sponsors made this event possible and free to all the children.
Mark your calendars for next year’s Guides/Kids Day – July 10, 2014.