Activities to encourage Kids to fish
Our sports fishing club is very involved with kids’ activities in Delta County all year. We are part of the National Forest Service Camp 7 Kids’ Day in June and have a crew of volunteers that do the cooking and serving of the food at this event. We also are a major contributor for prizes for the children.
We have our fish pond at the 4th of July celebration in Gladstone for the children to enjoy catching a fish while celebrating the 4th.
The club holds a kids’ fishing derby in Fairport on the tip of the Garden Peninsula for children on the east side of our County. A free lunch of Viau’s Supermarket hot dogs, pop and chips is enjoyed by everyone. For the last three years, every child entered has won a prize!
In late July we hold a Kids’ Derby in the Escanaba Yacht Harbor, again we supply Viau’s Supermarket hot dogs, chips and pop for free!
Gladstone Kids’ Derby is held in conjunction with our Wal-Mart Bays Classic Walleye Derby. Great prizes and again free lunches are provided.
The 4th Saturday in September is National Hunt & Fish Day celebration at the Great Lakes Sport and Recreation Club in Escanaba. The club sets up our fish pond and the kids are lined up to fish all day. We are also a major contributor for all the prizes for this event.
The club holds several fishing contests during the year, starting with our Perch Derby in May. Next is the Early Bird Walleye Derby in June, followed by the Salmon Derby in July at Fairport. A Bass Tournament is held at Nahma in July also. The Bays Classic is in August and the final Walleye Tournament is the Last Chance held in September.
The club leases land from Plumb Creek for our walleye rearing pond which is named the Peterson Pond. We pay for all maintenance and supplies that this pond requires. Fertilizer, a big cost item, is added to the water for plankton growth. When the walleye eggs hatch the very little hatchlings are planted into the pond. Care is taken to monitor the water and test for the proper amount of plankton for the walleye to feed on. Approximately six weeks after planting, the fingerling walleye are netted from the pond and planted in our Bays and other lakes in Delta County.
This club is also actively involved with the Michigan DNR Fishery Division, helping them form computer models for planting, netting and egg take in the spring, serving on DNR Committees and advising on sport fishing issues in Delta County.