CALUMET - The Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen's Club is hosting its 9th Annual Kids Fishing Derby at Swedetown Pond in Calumet July 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The popular event has grown to attract more than 150 kids each summer. Keweenaw youngsters, area visitors and vacationers are invited to enjoy a day of fishing, food and fun.
Rods and reels are available on site, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. Free bait will be furnished. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
"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 fun doing it."
In addition to fishing, fun and games, all kids receive a free picnic lunch and beverages. Club members and fishermen will provide help and instruction including casting, knot tying and fish identification. Fish are measured and prizes awarded for the largest fish caught by the boys and the girls. There are also random drawings for prizes.
"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."
"You never know when taking a kid fishing will create an interest and memories that last a lifetime," Lamppa added. For more information, or to donate rods and reels or prizes to the derby, call Jerry Lamppa, 337-1455.