Editorial: Since winter won’t let go, let’s jump on board and support Kids Fishing Derby

With another snow storm this week reminding us winter isn’t over, this is the perfect time to think about summer. And what’s more summer than fishing in the Ely area? Now for the best part, how about we all pitch in and support the Northwoods Kids Fishing Derby.
This event will have up 40 kids ages 6-14 out at Veterans on the Lake on Saturday, June 11.
Each participant will receive a free rod and reel, T-Shirt, bandana, and a fishing derby bling bag filled with goodies.
Four components are planned to the event.
Not only will each youth go fishing, but will also take part in a skills section with casting and knot tying, an art component using frozen fish and paint focusing on area macroinvertebrates.
Prizes will be given for fish caught - biggest, smallest and both.
Sounds great, right? We think so too. So we’re going to write out a check to support the event and help 40 kids have a fun time. Volunteers are needed for the event as well. We’re betting some of our Ely veterans will be on hand to help out and it looks like the event could use a few more folks to help out. Give the Chamber a call to let them know you’d like to be a part of this.
Information booths will be part of the event, with Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital providing a first aid station and the White Iron Chain of Lakes Association delivering information on invasive species. The Chamber has also reached out to other groups to provide water safety and outdoor education initiatives.
A donation from FIN (Fishing in the Neighborhood) has secured 40 new rods for the event, but the Chamber is seeking additional sponsors for reels, bling bags and other items for the event.
So forget about the snow and the slush and think about kids out on Fall Lake learning how to fish and having that knowledge for the rest of their lives.
Kudos to the Chamber for picking up this event and running with it now that Covid is over.
Let’s all do what we can to make this happen and have it be a success. Kids and fishing - it’s a winning combination!