It’s about building interest in the sport for future generations.
By Louise Oleson
Journal Managing Editor
It’s about building interest in the sport for future generations. It’s about getting kids out doors and active. It’s about fishing.
The Lake Region Anglers Association team up with the FM Walleyes organization from Fargo to present a full day of fun and fishing for 80 kids 17 years of age and younger.
It looks like they will have over 80 kids - as many as 40 teams this year where two young anglers are teamed up with an experienced adult angler.
According to Keith Seidlinger, who is one of the event’s organizers, the youngest angler they’ve had in the past six years was one who was three years old.
The fun begins on Friday, July 12 in Roosevelt Park with Games Galore from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. There’s a meal planned for 5:30 p.m. and registration starting at 6 p.m., with a rules meeting scheduled at 7 p.m.
The fishing begins as early as 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 13 with the tournament officially starting at 8 a.m. at the Lakewood boat ramp.
“We run the tournament just like they do for the professionals,” Seidlinger said.
“There’s a stage set up near the ball diamond at Lakewood Park all set up with banners and the anglers will weigh in their catch starting at about 3 p.m. There will be a whole crowd of people in the audience watching the weigh-in.”
“And there will be a tournament manager who will interview the anglers, just like the pros do it,” he added.
They hope it will be a day full of fun and memories for the children that will result in a lifetime of enjoying fishing as they grow into adulthood.
If you’re heading over to catch the weigh-ins, remember the road that used to go through Lakewood is under construction past the Bible Camp and you cannot go that way. Take Highway 20 south to Military Road turn west and go into Lakewood that way. Or if you find yourself nearing Lakewood on the county highway past Eagle Bend, turn onto 79th Ave. NE and link up with Military Road that way.