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Fishing club caters to young anglers

The Indianhead Junior Bassmasters took to the Widespread in New Richmond for their May 7 fishing competition. The club competes monthly on various bodies of water in the region.

The Indianhead Junior Bassmasters, the junior bass fishing club sponsored by the Indianhead Bassers adult club out of New Richmond, recently competed on the waters of the Widespread in New Richmond.

The top angler at the local event was Colton Haney, who landed five fish weighing 9.4 pounds. In second was Easton Lindus, third Austin Haney, fourth Tucker Nauss, fifth Kaden Pingel, sixth Noah Lindus, seventh Lake Anderson, eighth Gavin Hessler and ninth Alex Kela.

About 40 different kids ages 6-18 have fished in the Junior Bassmasters Club since it started in 2008. This year the club has 15 junior club anglers and roughly that same number of adults who volunteer boats and time to take the kids out. The club currently has kids fishing from Hudson, New Richmond, Roberts, Woodville, Baldwin Star Prairie and Amery involved.

The group meets the First Tuesday of each month at Ready Randys, except during fishing season when they meet at the lakes for the tournaments. The kids are fishing the Widespread, Cedar Lake and the St. Croix River this year. The group is also planning a camping outing on Red Cedar Lake and Big Chetac lakes in August. The club also competes at the annual state tournament.

According to Jesse Heinecke, Wisconsin State B.A.S.S. youth director, the primary goal of the junior program is to get kids in a boat, fishing and provide opportunities for competition and conservation.

Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Heinecke at Jessehe@cities

Participants need their own fishing poles and tackle and kids are required to wear polarized sunglasses for safety as well.

The club is supported by Lindus Construction, Warner's Dock Inc., Star Prairie Fish and Game and Peterson Construction.