July 10 – Kids Fishing Day Summary and Pics

Below is a summary of this year’s Kids Fishing Day from GBTU Board member and Education Chair, Dave Ostanek…

“When you combine sunny weather, supportive and caring volunteers, well stocked ponds and some fishing poles, you get some excited and appreciative young people.  For some, this was their first time ever fishing, for others, it was great to see them again.  Our Green Bay Chapter Kids Fishing Day with support from Brown County Health and Human Services PALS program, Green Bay Exchange Club, and the Brown County Izaak Walton League at the Izaak Walton ponds in Bellevue, was held on Monday, July 10.

Kids Fishing day provides a great outdoor experience for disadvantaged youth to come out to learn and practice fishing and enjoy a picnic meal with their families and volunteer mentors.

This year we had 31 kids and 27 adult volunteers and sponsors that came out and fished from 4:00-6:30 pm, catching varieties of fish from bluegill to bass to perch. In between the fishing, our guests enjoyed a picnic dinner of hot dogs, beans, chips, water, soda, and cookies.

Green Bay Trout Unlimited is fortunate to work with several people and organizations that help put on this successful event. We would like to thank the Izaak Walton League for the use of the ponds and help setting up the date.  Jenna Durkee of Brown County Health and Human Services led the charge in organizing the youth, families, and sponsors through the PALS program. Thanks also to Kip Boucher of the Green Bay Exchange Club for coordinating and providing the dinner with Festival Foods.  The bait and some of the snacks were provided by GBTU. Several GBTU members came out to help the young fisher folks with baiting, untangling and removing the catch. Thanks to the following GBTU members for coming out and lending a hand: Pat Hill, Bruce Deuchert, Jack Koivisto, Doug Siedl, Dennis Gusick, Adrian Meseberg, Jon Ostanek, and Dave Ostanek. 

Thanks to all for a wonderful event.”

Check out some of the days’ pictures below…

Thank you for all you do for our coldwater resources !!