Kids Wish for Fish
Sunday June 3rd 2012 we will hold our 7th annual Kids Wish for Fish event rain or shine. The Wisconsin DNR designates the first consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June as a Free Fishing Weekend when you can fish without a license throughout the state of Wisconsin. All who are signed up as a volunteer or a parent /guardian with a child will meet down at Calumet County Park at 7:45a.m.
In 2011 we had a great turn out and our volunteer boaters with their Co captains took the kids along with their parent/guardians out and fished from 8:30 am till noon. Fishing was slow at first but as the morning went the bite started to pick up. Trolling with cranks and crawler harnesses was the ticket as the kids caught plenty of white bass, several walleyes, a couple of perch, and of course sheepshead. After the morning of fishing we gathered up at the Brickyard Fishing Club where we provided the boaters,kids and their fishing partners with a lunch, trophies, and a Kids Wish For Fish T-Shirt. Fishing gear was given to all kids who participated in the great event.
I want to thank all the volunteer boaters and co captains that dedicated their time and expertise to all the kids. For more info on how you can becoming a volunteer scroll down the page.
What is Kids Wish for Fish?
Thank you for taking the time to come to this page and read about our upcoming event. Sunday June 3 2012 we are planning our 7th Annual Kids Wish For Fish Event. It is not a tournament or a contest, but an event where we are taking several kids out on the lake for a day of fishing and fun, that normally would not get the chance to go out on a fully rigged boat.. The event will last for about 3 or 4 hours of fishing from Calumet County Park boat launch, and then after we are done fishing, we are going to go to the Brickyard Fishing Club for some quick lunch and to give away some door prizes. I am looking forward to this more than I am about any of my upcoming tournaments. This lake has given me so much and I feel this is a chance for me to give something back to both the lake and to those that do not have the opportunity to fish it like we all do. I hope you consider helping out for this event.
We are in need of volunteers for this great event, and we would love to have you jump on board and help out. If you can skip a day of fishing and want to help out, please contact me, and let me know your availability. You will not be turned away. We choose this day every year, because it is the free fishing weekend in WI, and this way, there are no expenses occured to the parents/guardians that accompany the child.
We are in need of several boats for the event as well. All boats must be USCG approved, proper PFDS, have a marine radio or cell phone in the boat, fire extinguisher, all safety gear must be current and in place, flares, cell phone, flat bottom,and there will be no tillers allowed. The boaters that participate in this event must have a partner with you, and must be willing to use your own equipment,gas, and bait. Remember, you are donating your time, so please consider that before you volunteer your boat. You must also have your own insurance for your boat.
Current boaters for the 2011 event include:
1. Brian Z.
2. Todd L.
3. Mike K.
4. Paul W.
5. Mike L.
We still need a few more volunteers to help with the event. If you would like to volunteer your time or boat to take a child fishing, please use the Contact Us page to let us know at Winnebago Fishing.
I want to thank the Darboy/Sherwood Optimist club for being a major sponsor and contributor to this event.
We are in need of funds as well. This is the tough one. This event will cost us about $3,000.00 for one day. If there are extra funds available after the event is done, it will go into a bank account for the following year. We hope to have this grow on a yearly basis. There is a lot of red tape that needs to be taken care of before we can hold the event. We are asking for donations to this event as well. I have set up a few donation buttons below for you to choose from. All donors names will be posted at Val's Bait and Tackle for those attending the event to see who helped support the event. If you do not want your name to be known, we can keep that discreet as well. There are several costs involved in this event, and I will list a few for you to see below:
Boat Launch Fees
Food for the kids
Transportation to and from the event
Miscellaneous expenses related directly to the event