CALUMET?- The Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen's Club is hosting an exciting, fun-filled Kids Fishing Derby at Swedetown Pond, Calumet, Saturday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Keweenaw youngsters, area visitors and vacationers are invited to enjoy a day of family fishing during the seventh annual event.
Rods and reels are available on site, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. Free worms and baits will be furnished. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Over the years, CKSC, Calumet Township and Whitetails Unlimited has stocked the pond for the popular event with brookies, rainbows and bluegills.
"We're pleased to partner with the Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen to hold this important youth event," said Paul Lehto, Calumet Township Supervisor. "Besides being a wonderful learning experience for kids, the derby is an excellent activity for the community. Kids learn about fish and fisheries conservation and have a fun time doing it."
"Thanks to the generosity of local merchants who donate food, drinks and prizes, kids are served a free hot dog and watermelon picnic lunch," said CKSC president Mike Dudenas. A success from its inception, the CKSC Kids Fishing Derby has grown every year. Last summer's event attracted 175 kids.
In addition to fishing, games and casting contests, all kids receive a free lunch, beverages and treats. Club members, fishermen and local volunteers will provide help and instruction including casting, knot-tying, safety and fish identification. Fish are weighed. measured, recorded and entered in the contest. Each kid who catches a fish, any size, wins a prize.
"No kid will go home empty-handed and all participants are welcome to keep their fish," said CKSC volunteer Jerry Lamppa. "It's a fun opportunity to learn new angling skills and spend a day on the water."
The Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen's Club has a strong commitment to the community's youth and is proud to host this popular day of fishing for kids and their families. "You never know when taking a kid fishing will create memories and spark an interest that lasts a lifetime," Lamppa added.
For more information or to donate prizes, call Jerry Lamppa, 337-1455.