ST CROIX FALLS, WI – Looking ahead to June 8, 2019, another memory-making day for kids fishing on Deer Lake as part of the 16th annual Neil McKenzie Memorial Youth Fishing Derby is in the planning stages. This is a kid-focused event sponsored by family and friends of Neil McKenzie (1930-2003) and the Polk County Sportsmen’s Club. All fisher-kids (through age 17) must pre-register by May 25 to participate.
Do you know a kid or kids who would love to learn how to fish and find a way to connect with nature? Invite the adult in their life to pre-register the fisher-kid(s) so we can reserve a place on a pontoon or in a boat for them and plan for the day. This event takes place “Rain or Shine!”
Each June many wonderful people donate the use of their pontoons, fishing boats, fishing rods and tackle, time, talents, prizes, and trophies to provide a free day of fishing, learning, and fun for area kids. This has been a legacy of love and pride in our area – a practice continued from how Neil McKenzie interacted with kids and encouraged them to love the outdoors. Please feel free to join in the fun and pre-register by May 25 to “Keep Kids Fishin'!”
Adults, you are also invited to help the coordinators provide another fun and meaningful day for the kids. “How?” you ask. Fishing guides, boat drivers, parking attendants, and food preparers/servers make this event happen. Your volunteering is very much appreciated.
Kids, please pre-register by May 25 so we can plan the day! Use the online registration form at www.NeilMcKenzieYouthFishingContest.org. Thank you for all you do to “Keep Kids Fishin’!”
Kids are pre-registered. Bait is ordered for the fish, and food is ordered for the kids. Folks are volunteering to help, and boats/pontoons have been graciously made available for the event. Many thanks to The New Lagoon Campground and Condominium Association for allowing this event to be hosted on the property and many thanks to the numerous Deer Lake Association homeowners who are helping and/or offering their equipment in support of this day for kids. Yes, the public boat landing will be busy on June 9. Thank you, everyone, for your patience and support of one another. Lending a helping hand at the boat launch will make things go smoothly for everyone. Thank you!