Crappie Kids

Twenty Sixth Annual Camp 7 Kids Fishing Day Attracts Over 350 Youth

Saturday, June 10th was Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend along with National Fishing Week and the NPAA and Learn 2 Fish With Us were present helping to educate youth and families on the skills needed to fish.  Kids Fishing Day was held at Camp 7 Lake located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in the Hiawatha National Forest.  Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend allows families to fish without a fishing license.

NPAA Members, Greg Karch and Karen Karch were present at the fishing event where they worked with the youth on casting, fish identification, tying knots and more!!!  Greg instructed the youth on casting by following a couple steps.  Start by pointing the fishing rod tip towards where you like to cast.  Next, look behind you to make sure no one is behind you.  Utilizing the clock, go over your shoulder with the rod tip until you reach ten o’clock, then proceed forward until you reach two o’clock and release the button.  Greg and Karen were busy all day teaching the youth and families how to cast.  The families really enjoyed catching the Backyard Bass until it was their time to move to the next station, as youth did not want to leave!!!!

Kids Fishing Day had many educational booths which contained the following; Aquatic Invasive Species specimens, a trout pond where the youth could catch a trout and keep it, casting contest, fly casting instruction and more !!!   The event provided lunch to the families so they could enjoy a great day in the National Forest!!!

Greg was amazed at how the different groups came together to make this event happen.  The US Forestry hosted the event along with Bay De Noc Great Lakes Sport Fishing Association, Wildlife Unlimited, NPAA and Learn 2 Fish With Us!!  The NPAA and Learn 2 Fish With us would like to thank the groups for providing volunteers in their educational booth.  Each youth went home with a prize which included fishing combo’s, tackle box’s, head lamps, lantern and NPAA Future Pro shirt.

Learn 2 Fish With Us mission statement is ‘Grow the sport of fishing by educating and inspiring beginner and experienced anglers’.  To learn more about the following organizations check out their websites Learn 2 Fish With Us at ,  NPAA at and Future Angler Foundation at

(Reprint from the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) NewsBLAST)