On one Eden Prairie Area Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing excursions last summer, fisher people caught, and released, an estimated 150 panfish. Needless to say, the fishing/catching was easy.
Acting on advice from the Centers for Disease Control (canceling events for gatherings of 250 or more people), the Let’s Go Fishing Eden Prairie chapter cut bait and postponed last Saturday’s fish fry fundraiser, the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
On Sunday, the CDC recommended canceling or postponing in-person events that consist of 50 or more people for at least the next eight weeks.
“It’s disappointing,” said Let’s Go Fishing Eden Prairie President Steve Wilson, “but understandable. What can you do?”
“We put a note on our Facebook page,” said Wilson. “We sold it at our cost. The fish was gone by 11:15, the potato salad by 12:15.”
Non-perishable supplies, including the oil for fish frying, will be stowed away for what Wilson hopes will be a future fish fry in late May or early June.
“It’s a problem if it doesn’t happen,” said Wilson. “Our boats (pontoons) are paid off, but its costs about $16,000 to run the program per year. That’s with 100% of what we bring in going into the program. We’re run by volunteers and no one takes a salary.”
Last year, Let’s Go Fishing Eden Prairie counted 350 trips. Read the full story here…
Nineteen Eden Prairie Safety Camp graduates, four Eden Prairie police officers and four Let’s Go Fishing-Eden Prairie Chapter crewmen participated in a first-ever Cops-N-Bobbers fishing excursion last Thursday on Lake Riley.
Mayor Ron Case delivered Eden Prairie pins to the youth as well as perfect summer weather. After splitting the crew between two Let’s Go Fishing pontoons, the captains ushered their respective boats to their favorite fishing spots.
Sgts. Brent Dupont and John Wilson were on one boat, patrolmen Jayden DeVibiss and Spencer Barrie on the other. The kids came with various degrees of fishing experience.
“I caught a sunny once,” said one third-grader.
“I caught a northern this big,” said a friend, while extending his third-grade arms as wide as he could.
The Eden Prairie Area Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing, one of 20 such chapters in Minnesota and Wisconsin, got its start at the end of the 2012 season. Its vision is based on the notion that lives can be changed by experiencing the joy and freedom of being out on the water to fish or just enjoy the beauty of a Minnesota lake.
Last year alone, the Eden Prairie chapter guided a record 325 fishing excursions on Riley Lake. In August, it facilitated 450 pontoon rides as part of the city of Eden Prairie’s Riley Lake Park Grand Reopening.
Read the full story online at Eden Prairie News…
Thirty-one months after his last snap for the Vikings and about nine months after brain surgery, Mike Harris is living a full life.
After spending four NFL seasons throwing behemoths to the ground, the 29-year-old former offensive lineman is now focused on picking up people. Harris stays busy volunteering at Let’s Go Fishing in Eden Prairie, dabbling in jiujitsu and, as of this summer, coaching offensive linemen at Hopkins High School.
Published on June 26, 2017 by Andy Stavast
Eden Prairie is home to many great civic organizations where residents come together as individuals and as groups to improve the wonderful experience of living here. Certainly, this collective experience of “giving back” contributes to the high quality of life ranking that Eden Prairie regularly enjoys in the national press. This is the story of one such organization that is a shining signature of who we are as residents of Eden Prairie and as Minnesotans.
The Let’s Go Fishing Eden Prairie Chapter touches many lives each summer with a Minnesota tradition, Fishing! As Minnesotans, we celebrate the sport of fishing as a way of life – and as a symbol of who we are. Fishing is a sport – a pastime that embodies our culture, connects us to family and friends, and provides us long lasting memories from early childhood to our senior years. Memories of fishing are personal to each of us bringing back weekends at the cabin, that special time with our grandparent, and for me, the fun experience with my favorite uncle. These are moments and memories never to be forgotten.
The Let’s Go Fishing Eden Prairie Chapter was formed by its Founder, Joe Holm, and his wife Carolyn of Willmar, MN, who presented their organization, its purpose, and potentials to the local Lions Club. Post presentation the Lions were hooked! A Lions board was formed that included Mike Smith, Terry Eggan, Mike Gruidl, Steve Olson, Richard Smith along with Lioness Peggy Muller and Gwen Wildermuth. The plan was devised along with an initial $15,000 donation to get the ball rolling.
Read the full story at http://www.edenprairielifestyle.com/2017/06/26/lets-go-fishing/