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Grandparents Day Youth Fishing Tournament


Last updated 7/26/2021 at 10:12pm

Grandparents Day Youth Fishing Tournament

The third youth fishing tournament of the summer was held yesterday to celebrate the Kun'sis and Unkannas. The tournament was held at the Old Agency Dam and 36 fish were measured for placing. Fishing poles check outs, tackle and bait set up were provided by the SWO Fish and Wildlife crew.

The Tournament Categories were: Biggest Walleye, Northern, Bullhead, Perch and Panfish. There were also prizes for tagged fish.

The winners of the tournament were:

Northern Category:

1st Place Albert Heminger

Perch Category:

1st Place Zayda Biddell

2nd Place Zayden Redday

Bullhead Category:

1st Place Zayda Biddell

2nd place tie Roman Cook

2nd place tie Lucious Renville

Panfish Category:

1st Place tie Miles Abraham

1st Place tie Connor Hippen

2nd place tie Lucious Renville

2nd place tie Sophia Simon

There were no fish caught in the walleye category and no tagged fish were caught. (yet)

The tagged fish will still get a prize if caught. The tag can be taken to the SWO fish and wildlife dept.

The Old Agency dam is maintained by fish and wildlife crew. It is a family friendly fishing spot with grills, benches and canopy for gatherings. Families are encouraged to fish there.

Chance prize drawings were given throughout the tournament, including a drawing for trash pick up. This gathering is a green friendly event with minimal trash so it is environmentally friendly. All participants are asked to bring water bottles or their own cups. Coolers of water are provided.

Four monthly youth fishing tournaments are scheduled for the summer of 2021 as a community partnership project. While different lakes were originally planned, the run off from fields and the heat have made them not so fishing friendly so the OA dam will be used.

The third tournament was a great success with much thanks to the SWO Fish and Wildlife Crew! The Youth Department Crew! And the Nis'to Inc Crew! Tom Wilson! And community volunteers!

The next tournament will be held August 15th at the Old Agency Dam and will celebrate the Tunwin's and Deks'is of the families.


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