Last year my buddy Tony and I came up with this sweet idea to have a kids weekend at Lake of the Woods. We took 6 kids and 4 adults in 2008. As I started talking around work and so forth over the year things started to grow! This year we took 9 adults and 14 kids! It was 6 vehicles and two trailers full. The object was to get some kids and adults up to LOW on a budget to introduce them to the wide world of fishing. We did the weekend warrior thing so we were only able to fish Saturday and half of Sunday before we had to get back to civilization. I supplied a couple of lunches and a fish fry supper for the group. We hit the kids with a little surprise custom made Stocking Cap (see picture). We also had some big fish prizes. Saturday was picture perfect weather but the fishing was a bit on the slow side for us. Have you ever tried to find a spot on the lake for 23? Part of that could be that we show up and drill 46 holes we make a lot of noise. There were a lot of kids/adults that caught their first sauger or walleye, not to mention LOW can produce some of the finest jumbo perch! We made a move to the shallows for an evening spot but we all ran out of energy and bagged it for some fish fry food back at the hotel. I have become an expert at cooking fish in the hotel parking lot. I do need to figure out that I can not put a whole sams club bag of tator tots in the pan at once. The next morning the wind picked up and we headed out even further. We headed to a far off reef and had mixed results. Some guys ended up catching and other nothing. We departed around noonish and it was over. I thank all the adults for bearing with me on this first time endeavor and next year it can only get better! Enjoy the pictures.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988