Reeling in the 25th annual Durand Youth Fishing Contest

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 7:56 AM CDT
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DURAND, Wis. (WEAU) -Hundreds of avid fishers are heading out onto the water this week in hopes of reeling in a winning catch.

“Everybody looks forward to the chance to win a few prizes...but also the opportunity to spend time with your family, whoever you go out with whether its your family members, friends, that’s what makes it such a great event,” says Patrick Milliren, Mayor of Durand.

A record 388 participants ages 5-18 are casting their reel in the 25th annual Durand Youth Fishing Contest.

“It’s become a tradition so we see a lot of grandparents having their kids and their grandkids come back into the community so it’s grown and grown and grown,” says Sarah Sabelko, Durand Youth Fishing Contest committee representative. “Our kids can bring in their fish, receive a drink and a snack and kind of tell their fish stories!”

Other than the Chippewa River, five other lakes and smaller waters are approved for fishing over the duration of the fishing contest.

A community picnic will take place this Sunday after the contest’s close for all participants at noon.

The contest begins Wednesday at sunrise and concludes Saturday at 9p.m. Registration is closed for this year but they will be back for the 26th annual fishing contest next season.

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