LAKE VERMILION— If you like to introduce young people to the outdoors, you might want to consider volunteering your services to the upcoming Take A Kid Fishing (TAKF) set for Wednesday, July …
LAKE VERMILION— If you like to introduce young people to the outdoors, you might want to consider volunteering your services to the upcoming Take A Kid Fishing (TAKF) set for Wednesday, July 17.
“We are almost at capacity for kids, but we still need some help with boat operators and volunteers to help at the lakeside tent,” said TAKF Co-Chair Cathy Rouleau. “If you like spending time with kids, this is the perfect chance to be part of a very special event.”
Introducing the next generation to the great sport of fishing is the goal of the annual TAKF event. Now in its 10th year on Lake Vermilion area, TAKF continues to be a hit with kids and adult volunteers alike.
“It never gets old working with this event,” said Phil Bakken, a longtime guide on Lake Vermilion and a key player in organizing guides and overall logistics for TAKF. “We want to make sure the kids have a great time while fishing one of the top lakes in Minnesota, and in the process, we hope they become life-long anglers.”
This year’s anglers will be heading out at 9:30 a.m., a bit earlier than last year, and will have four hours of fishing before returning to the landing at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., they’ll enjoy a complimentary shore lunch courtesy of Fortune Bay’s culinary team.
At the end of the event, all kids who go fishing for the day will receive a fishing rod/reel combination, plus tackle boxes and other goodies like an insulated lunch bag and possibly a backpack. One lucky kid will win a lifetime fishing license, compliments of the DNR.
The event wouldn’t be possible without the many sponsors and the local guides and boat operators who are entrusted in not only keeping the kids safe out on the lake, but ensuring they have a memorable experience.
“That’s the driving force behind why we come back year after year to help out,” said Bakken. “I don’t know who has more fun out there—the kids or the volunteers!”
If you would like to volunteer for the 10th annual TAKF event, please reach out to Bakken at 218-290-4970.
For more information about the event, go to www.lakevermilionguidesleague.com.