WAMI supports a variety of youth efforts and will continue to expand our focus on the future of the sport. We encourage everyone to TAKE A KID FISHING! For general information on kids fishing in Wisconsin, take a look at the DNR’s website.
-WAMI is among the sponsors of the DC Everest Fishing Team. Youth Director Joel DeBoer, members Jeff Micholic and Don Abel, Jr. volunteer as coaches.
-From 2013-2016 we assisted the DC Everest Fishing Team in putting on their Fish U fundraiser.
-Since 2018 we have held a free youth drawing at the Wisconsin Musky Expo to put a musky reel (Daiwa Lexa WN 300) into the hands of an angler under 12 years old. This is the smallest musky reel on the market, perfect for young anglers!
-Since 2018 we have co-sponsored a youth tournament with Bill’s Musky Club. This tournament pairs 2-3 young anglers with an experienced musky angler who teaches them proper sucker fishing techniques, and in some cases casting as well. This has given 40 youths from the greater Wausau area a chance to compete for a traveling trophy displayed at their school plus an individual trophy. The winners are about as excited as any kid can get! To date, we have contributed volunteer guides, about 30 baits, and cooked dinner for the participants.
-In 2020 we will begin contributing to Wausau School District’s Wilderness Connections program. This program was founded by Wausau School District counselor and WAMI secretary Andy Grimm in 2017. This program takes at-risk youth from 6-8th grade on a canoe camping/fishing trip on the Flambeau River in northern Wisconsin. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, the 2020 event is postponed to 2021, but we have secured funding as well as donated some tackle for the youths.
-Youth members also attend and help at our musky stocking events. This is a great way to teach them about these fish!
-We annually give a limited amount of free youth memberships. If you know a local child interested in musky fishing, contact us for details.
-Youth members are eligible to receive annual fishing awards through our youth division. Our 2019 Youth Division winner was Jackson Grimm with a 49″ musky!
We would also like to introduce you to two great local organizations with a focus on youth fishing: Fishing Inspires Special Hearts and Prime W.A.T.E.R. Anglers. We look forward to extending our support and cooperation to these groups in the near future.