MARQUETTE- The South Shore Fishing Association drew a big crowd of young anglers at its annual Big Brothers/ Big Sisters and Families Fishing Day Saturday afternoon at Lakenenland in Chocolay Township.
"Last year we had 157 kids come out, this year we're hoping to see more," association President Mylan Koski said.
The event, which was open to the public and free of charge, not only offered youngsters a chance to catch a fish, but also provided them with free fishing poles, bait, tackle and lunch.
Levi Paananen, 5, concentrates on fishing with the new pole given to him by the South Shore Fishing Association at its Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Families Fishing Day Saturday afternoon at the Lakenenland pond in Chocolay Township. (Journal photo by Elizabeth Bailey)
Mattyx Katona, 3, posing with a fish he caught in the Lakenenland pond during the Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Families Fishing Day (Journal photo by Elizabeth Bailey)
Ken Contois, left, of Big Brothers/Big sisters fishes with his little brother, Reese Rasmussen, 8, in the Lakenenland pond Saturday afternoon with several others who attended the Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Families Fishing Day at Lakenenland in Chocolay Township. (Journal photo by Elizabeth Bailey)
The association purchased 200 fishing poles to give away and offered a $25 gift card to the kids who caught one of the tagged fish in the pond.
This is only the second year the event has taken place at Lakenenland; in previous years the members of the SSFA took kids out on boats in Lake Superior.
According to Koski, everything was paid for by members of the association and its their corporate sponsors.
The SSFA is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2002 to promote the fisheries along the south shore of lake Superior. In addition, the members have done numerous things around the community to clean up, restore and enhance Lake Superior and its watershed.
Elizabeth Bailey can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.