The ninth annual Laporte Area Take a Kid Fishing was held June 8 at Pine Beach Resort on Garfield Lake.
Twenty-six youth and 13 fishing guides were set to start fishing at 11:30 a.m., but because of strong winds, organizers made a hard but yet easy decision not to launch the boats.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office gave a presentation on aquatic invasive species and fishing safety.
Each youth received a rod and reel, a tackle box fully loaded and other goodies for a day on the lake.
A fish fry was still held at 4:30 p.m. at the new Laporte Community Pavilion where two grand prizes were given away and each youth received a door prize.
The annual event, which also included a guides’ dinner the night before at Third Base, was held in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources statewide event.
“Time spent fishing can be can be a way for adults and kids to spend time outdoors together. We’re encouraging adults to get out and learn how to fish so they can bring kids out fishing all year,” said Jeff Ledermann, DNR education and skills team supervisor. “Fishing can be a lifelong activity that connects folks to the wild places right outside their doors.”
While Minnesotans age 15 and younger don’t need fishing licenses any time of the year, Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is a way for adults and kids to fish together without the step of buying a license.
“It’s easy to get started fishing in Minnesota,” Ledermann said. “With just a few fishing tips and a spot picked out, most people can feel that tug on the end of the line if they get out and try.”