One of the National Trout Festival's most loved events, the fishing contest is brought to us by Coding Products, Walt's Crawlers, and Jay's Sporting Goods.
Our thank yous and gratitude to the Coan family for their continued support of this event by hosting it on their family property!
The pond is located at 377 M-66 in Kalkaska. All children must be accompanied by an adult, no exceptions! The pond opens at 9 am and closes at 5 pm. The gate will open at 8:30 sharp! Please take care when parking. There will be volunteers to point you in the right direction.
The pond will be stocked with 750 fish including 102 tagged as prize winners (new pole and tackle box)! There are two fish (tagged as Papa Phil and Mama Ruth) that, if caught, garners the fisherkid a great gift basket! There is no entry fee and no registration is needed. Bring your fishing gear to the Coan Family Property at 377 M66 SE. Bait will be provided by Walt's Crawlers. Kiddos get to keep their prize winning fish and up to two non-tagged fish for their eating pleasure! Thank you to our emcee Mark Fairbotham for announcing.
Children (with an adult) and Veterans are welcome to come back on Sunday to fish from 9 am to 3 pm.
COVID GUIDELINES must be followed: Masks must be worn and not removed for any purpose while at the pond and on the property. We will have adult and kid masks and hand sanitizer available. Please maintain social distancing guidelines throughout the property; the pond will have designated fishing spots. So that all the children get a chance to fish, we will have half hour increments and then move to the back of the line if your child wishes to fish more. If no one is in line, you're welcome to stay put until someone comes up. Thank you for your cooperation.
The Coan Family kindly greeted 100s of children to their property on Saturday morning as they hoped to catch one of the prize winning tagged fish!
Mike T. shows his son, Callan, his tagged catch. One of 1,002 trout stocked in the pond, a fishing tradition that is carried on from generation to generation. (2018)
Annie limits out at the contest and gets to take home three trout.