2018-06-21 / Outdoors

More than 2,500 bluegills stocked for Kids Fishing Day


LAKE LEELANAU sportsman Greg Alsip was at it again last week — hauling this 31-inch, 14-pound lake trout from the north basin. LAKE LEELANAU sportsman Greg Alsip was at it again last week — hauling this 31-inch, 14-pound lake trout from the north basin. More than 2,500 bluegills have been stocked and are waiting for kids to come catch them.

Veronica Valley Park will be the place to be Sunday as Kids Fishing Day returns for a 14th time.

“It’s a great day for the kids to get out and fish,” organizer Pete Taylor said. “Everyone can enjoy the facility and enjoy being together with family.”

Kids will have an opportunity to learn to fish from experts — without having to worry about bait or a license.

A nature display of native reptiles, frogs, turtles and fish will also be back this year, as will fish painting.

“There really isn’t anything new,” Taylor said. “We have had a lot of success with the format so we decided to stick with it.”

Hot dogs, drinks and admission is free; however, there is a limited number of rods and reels available for those without equipment.

All are encouraged to join in on the fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Everything is free,” Taylor said. “We have a lot of great sponsors that help us make this event possible.”

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