Do you know someone who wants to attend Wisconsin Trout Unlimited (WITU) Youth Fishing Camp this Summer?

If you know a family member, friend, neighbor, student, etc. aged 12-16, who wants to learn how to fish for freshwater trout and other species, Fox Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited (FVTU) has a great opportunity this summer.

Every summer WITU holds a Youth Fishing Camp at beautiful Pine Lake Camp located approximately 9 miles south of Waupaca, WI.  The camp is first-come, first-served and caters to a maximum of 20 campers.  FVTU is seeking to sponsor a camper and will cover the $250 cost that includes all lodging, meals, and materials (rods, reels, tackle – flies, spinners, & live bait).

This year’s camp is scheduled from August 13th to August 16th.  Check-in is open on Thursday August 13th from 1pm – 3pm and pick-up is Sunday August 16th from 1pm – 1:30pm.  All campers will stay in the main retreat facility where accommodations include amenities such as bedding and towels, etc.  Campers will need to bring suitable clothing including a hat, jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant, and personal hygiene products.  A liability release will be provided and must be signed by a parent or guardian.  Waders are helpful but not required.  Pine Lake also has a swimming area with lifeguard supervision, so you may want to pack a bathing suit as well.

The camp will focus on fishing safety, ethics and sportsmanship, and will help the campers develop necessary fishing skills using both conventional and fly-fishing tackle.  Additionally, the program will emphasize Trout Unlimited’s mission to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds so future generations of children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.  All campers will be assigned mentors to insure every youth has someone they can go to in case of any questions or concerns while at camp.

Activities include:

  • Aquatic insects and invasive species
  • Spinning gear and casting techniques
  • Rigging and casting fly rods
  • Field trip to a local stream with a Wisconsin DNR crew
    • Electro-shocking demonstration
    • Stream restoration
    • Water monitoring
  • Gear demonstrations (vests, packs, gadgets, supplies)
  • Open fishing time on Pine Lake
  • Fly tying
  • Conservation presentations
  • Live bait gear and techniques
  • Sportsmanship & ethics
  • Techniques to locate places that hold fish
  • Spinning equipment, lures and strategies to catch fish
  • Spin and fly casting on the water
  • Casting contests
  • On-stream demos and fishing with one-on-one guide/instructor
  • Presentation of certificates, awards and prizes

Interested?  The camp is open to both boys and girls and mentors are assigned accordingly.  If you want to be FVTU’s camper and enjoy a wonderful experience this summer at Pine Lake Camp, please reach out and let us know why you should be our sponsored camper for 2020.

Please contact Graeme Hodson, Chapter VP at graemehodson@gmail.com by March 31st, 2020 if you want to be considered for this amazing opportunity!!!

 

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