I was lucky enough growing up to have someone who would take me fishing. My dad would take my brothers and me fishing all the time and I have countless good memories because of it. It's those early childhood experiences that made me fall in love with the outdoors and eventually have a career in the conservation field. I feel very fortunate that I had someone who took the time to take me out and I want to give my kids that same opportunity. I recently took my 4 year old son fishing at the Grundy County lake and he had a blast. We didn't have our lines in the water for very long and we already had one on. We lost him right at the bank but we didn't give up and soon we had another one. I helped him hold the fishing pole but he reeled in a ten inch bass all on his own. I don't know who was more excited me or him but the smile on his face said it all and the only time he was sad was when we had to leave. Taking a kid fishing means more to them than you will ever know and you're guaranteed to have a good time too.
If you're going to take a kid fishing the perfect opportunity is June 15 at the Grundy County lake. The Grundy County Conservation Board and Peoples Savings Bank are having their annual fishing derby. This is a perfect chance to get a kid out and show them all that fishing has to offer. The lake is stocked with bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie and walleye. The Grundy County lake is a shore fisherman's dream. It has four fishing jetties that make for great fishing. It also has a paved bike trail that travels the entire distance around the lake so you don't have to trudge through a bunch of weeds to get to a good fishing spot. There always seems to be good fishing and if you catch the biggest bass, catfish or pan fish you will win a prize. Plus just by paying the entry fee you get put in a drawing for door prizes and kids under 16 get drawn first this year. This is a great chance to get out and go fishing and check out the lake.
This year's fishing derby starts at 6:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. It will take place at the Grundy County lake located just south of Dike off highway 20. It is a catch and release tournament so bring a bucket if you have one. Final weigh in is at 1:00 and we draw for prizes immediately after. Stop in and give a big thanks to Peoples Savings Bank in Dike for sponsoring the tournament and we hope to see you Saturday.
Cole Anderson and his son at Grundy County Lake.