Forestville, WI. Saturday, June 10th was Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend along with National Fishing Week and the National Professional Anglers Association (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 which is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in the Hiawatha National Forest.

June 10 casting Hiawatha






NPAA Members, Greg Karch #138 and Karen Karch #121 were present at the fishing event where they worked with the youth on casting, fish identification, tying knots and more!!!  The families really enjoyed catching the Backyard Bass during the casting clinics 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 also provided lunch to the families.

Fish ID

Greg was amazed at how the different groups came together to make this event happen.  The USDA Forest Service hosted the event along with Bay De Noc Great Lakes Sport Fishing Association, Wildlife Unlimited, Michigan DNR, 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 provided by the Future Angler Foundation and tackle box’s, head lamps, lanterns and NPAA Future Pro shirts.

Thanks to Learn 2 Fish With Us sponsor’s: Dave’s Musky Club, Shakespeare, Thrivent Financial, Writing By Design LLC; James & Rosanne Keller Family Foundation, Mercury, Triton Boats, National Professional Anglers Association, Future Angler Foundation, The Boat Doc, Berkley, Off Shore Tackle Company, Plano, Frabill, Northland Tackle, TTI Blakemore Fishing Group, Maui Jim, Mad Wraps LLC and The Reel Shot.

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