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This weekend is the annual Ely Jaycee’s “Take a Kid Fishing” event. On Saturday, June 12, kids will be loaded up in boats to fish Farm and Garden lakes for the day.What a great way for a kid to spend the day, enjoying life on the water and getting a chance to catch a fish to boot. Kids can be dropped off at the Ely Dairy Queen on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. The group will then leave promptly at 9 a.m. for fishing holes on Farm and Garden lakes. The group fishes out of two pontoon boats a donation from The Great Outdoors. The trip includes lunch at Timber Trail Lodge, provided by the Ely Dairy Queen. Lessons in boat safety and pointers for those who haven’t fished before are included and if the water is warm enough, swimming at Timber Trail Lodge. Kids should bring life jackets if they have one or one will be provided, a swim suit, towel and jacket just in case of inclement weather. For more info, contact Toni at 365-8465 or Dave 365-2920. Congratulations and thanks to the Ely Jaycees for a great volunteer effort to expose kids to the great sport of fishing. Kind of reminds you of that old saying. “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach him to fish and he can eat for a lifetime.” Lake Vermilion in 2005 for gUVThe Cook and Tower area will be a hustling and a bustling for the 2005 fishing opener. The Lake Vermilion Resort Association has landed Governor Tim Pawlenty.The Governor’s Fishing Opener will make its way to Lake Vermilion for the first time since the promotional event was started in 1948. Each year it is held in a different location. Crane Lake was a host in 2000 and Ely was as well back in 1983. I was old enough at the time to help out at the Ely event and I remember one thing: it was a lot of work. We were on chair detail. Basically all we did was haul chairs from one location to another. The 2005 Governor’s Fishing Opener will largely be held at Fortune Bay Resort and Casino, where I know they have plenty of chairs.Mark your calendars for the 2005 Governor’s Fishing Opener, to be held May 13-14. Walleye Whamma time in BabbittAs the calendar shows June, that means it’s time for the fifth annual Walleye Whamma fishing contest on Birch Lake in Babbitt. Anglers will load up at the public landing next to the Babbitt Beach on Saturday, June 19 with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Tickets are available now from Blomberg’s BP Amoco in either Ely or Babbitt or KC’s Bait in Benville. The cost is $20 in advance or $25 after June 16. There is over $7,000 in prizes to be given away, including $1,500 for the largest walleye registered. There are prizes for the top 40 fish, including $1,000 for the 10th, 30th and 40th place fish. Minimum walleye length is 14 inches.The contest runs until 4 p.m. with all fish having to be weighed in by 4:30 p.m. Fisherman must be in the weigh-in line by 4:15 p.m. Birch Lake is a great walleye lake and can produce some very large fish. Prizes are Walleye Whamma is part of Babbitt’s Peter Mitchell Fun Days which run from June 18-27 this year.

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