The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Fishing for Life to host a kids’ fishing day and tournament Friday morning (Aug. 3) at Lake George Regional Park in Oak Grove.
This was the second year of the CAST fishing event and there were 75 kids who participated this time.
The five- to 17-year-old kids were paired with a fishing guide and taken out on Lake George after they made their own lures. Kyle Halstensen of East Bethel caught a 1.5-pound bass and won a trophy for the biggest fish caught on a homemade lure.
Trophies were also handed out to kids who caught the largest pike or bass. A “mixed bag” trophy was awarded to the one who had the three heaviest fish that had to be at least two different species.
The Oak Grove Fire Department prepared and served lunch.
There were 27 volunteer boat guides and many members of the sheriff’s office who volunteered their time for this fishing event. There were 14 sponsors.
“The CAST event creates another opportunity to renew our commitment to making a difference in our communities,” Sheriff James Stuart said. “Along with our community partners, we are able to work together to invest in our youth through a fun-filled day with a variety of activities. The event is a lot of fun for the kids and the volunteers find great reward in the smiling faces as they serve others.”