With the various waterways around our region fishing is a widespread hobby, and on Saturday the Western Wisconsin American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO, instilled a love for the sport in area children.
"First I did not like fishing but I kind of get really happy when I catch the fish," young angler Ryan Halvorson describes.
Over 70 kids traveled to Pettibone Lagoon for the Seventh Annual Take Kids Fishing Day.
"I was more focused on catching the fish than my surroundings," young angler Jamie Drake continues, "I was also making sure I was just paying attention to mostly what was going on with the fish, if it was trying to break off my line or anything."
The event supplies everything young-anglers need to reel in their first big catch. Whether it was their first time holding a fishing pole or not, they spent their Saturday morning learning to appreciate the outdoors.
"A lot of the youngsters now-days they stay indoors, they play video games and things like that," President of the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO Tyler Tubbs explains.
"This really gives them a chance to get outside, really experience nature," Tubbs finishes.
If you missed the chance to take your child fishing, the AFL-CIO hosts another Take Kids Fishing Day in Eau Claire on Sunday. Contact Tubbs at (715) 205-0981 for more information.