It was another fun day on Lake of the Woods for Dingwall Ford Kids Can Fish! Nearly 250 kids braved a late winter snowstorm to spend the day ice fishing, playing games and building an igloo. Jay Samsal, one of the organizers, was humbled by attendance, “despite us having to move dates, the weather, spring break started today, we’re happy. It’s overwhelming to see this many people come out and be a part of our event, we’re humbled by it.”
By the end of Kids Can Fish a total of 7 fish, ranging from Northern Pike to Walleye, were caught. Top prize, a signed Dustin Byfuglien Winnipeg Jets jersey, went to first-time ice angler Emma Olsen from Dryden. “Her aunt is a big fan of Dustin Byfuglien, I think she’ll be a little jealous, we’ll be wearing that to a game at some point,” said her dad Jared Olsen.
The big prize up for grabs was $1000 for a Registered Education Savings Plan donated by The Co-operators, which was given away via hidden weight. Lightning struck twice for 4-year-old Emma Olsen, who won her second prize of the day. “That’s fantastic! It all adds up, education is expensive!” Jared Olsen. Emma reeled up a 1.94 lbs Northern Pike, which got her closest to the hidden weight.
Arne and Margo-Lynn Bratland with Jared and Emma Olsen (L to R)
At the end of the day, Jay Samsal couldn’t thank all the volunteers enough, “We have a very long list of volunteers to make this happen. They don’t make a cent, they volunteer their time for a great cause. It’s all for the kids.” On top of all the volunteers Jay wanted to thank their sponsors; Dingwall Ford, Woodlake Marine, Bayview Toyota, Rapala Fishing, Best Way Rentals, Consumer Frosted Foods, LOTW Hospital Foundation, The Co-operators, Jeff Gustafson, The Standard Insurance, Mike Richards, Sunset Baits, Humminbird, Hals Jigs, Lake of the Woods Sports Headquarters, Northern Tire, RBC and Q104.
Jay Samsal, Laci Dingwall and all the volunteers can't wait to do this all again next year!