It was a record turnout of anglers of all abilities and ages, that took in the Alberta Conservation Association’s Kids Can Catch event held recently out at Wabamun Lake.
Organizers pegged the registration numbers at 1,626 kids and adults coming out to give ice fishing a try! This event started four years ago with about 170 people coming out. It took a lot of hands pitching in to achieve that mark. The support from various organizations and all 70 volunteers on the ice made it all possible.
Volunteers from local businesses and organizations were busy doing many jobs - from loaning out rods, drilling holes, and helping families fish – to making hot chocolate and hot dogs, handing out snacks, running sleigh rides and directing traffic. Thank you for donating your time, services and support to a great cause.
- Servus Credit Union for transforming from bankers into ice angels to hand out bait donated by Walleye Master, untangling line, repairing rods, and building fishsticks.
- TransAlta for welcoming anglers at the registration tent to serving up hot dogs and snacks.
- Wabamun Chamber and ATB for cooking 900 hotdogs non stop until the very last hotdog was in the hands of hungry anglers.
- Parkland County for warming everyone with delicious hot chocolate.
- Village of Wabamun for everything from tables and pylons to the skating rink and horse-drawn wagon rides.
- Night Owls Citizens on Patrol for directing traffic and managing parking.
- CN Police Service for railway and public safety.
- Parkland County Emergency Services for providing first responder services.
Families fishing for the first time always have many questions. A huge thank you to the fishing mentors who tirelessly drilled holes and offered fishing tips and help all day long, including:
- Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers
- Alberta Fish and Game Association
- Stony Plain Fish and Game Club
- Edmonton Trout Fishing Club
- Edmonton Old Timers' Fishing Club
- Cabela's Edmonton north and south stores
- Alberta Conservation Association
As always, a special thank you to Dow for sponsoring the province-wide Kids Can Catch Program.