There was a lot to be thankful for in 2010 for those involved in the Fish Winnipeg program. Not only was attendance at an all time high but four lucky partipants got to go on the trip of a lifetime to Kississing Lake Lodge (see separate story).

Meantime plans are in the works to expand all the City of Winnipeg fishing programs. At a a recent Urban Angling Partnership meeting, Marty Miller, who oversees this portfolio, says plans have been finalized to offer more fishing camps,along with added Learn to Fish days .  They also plan to hire one more instructor, expanding the Fish Winnipeg, free youth at risk fishing program, to three shifts a day. Miller hopes this will allow close to another four hundred young people the opportunity to participate


.Our Fishng Winnipeg corpoate fundraiser was another tremendous success despite high water conditions all year in the city. Moving the event from June to August did not change the enthusiasm for the participants. In the afternoon, the Manitoba Hydro boat captained by Steven Wintemute of Hooked Magazine managed to catch both numbers of fish along with some trophies. Linda Morin landed a 104 centimetre monster to push her team into first place. Once again the beneficiaries were Winnipeg youth at risk. According to program manager Martin Miller, this year was the busiest on record for the Fish Winnipeg program with close to 650 youth participating.


Co Chairs of the event, John Toone and Don Lamont have been involved with the program from Day one, fourteen years ago.During that time more than 7000 youth at risk have participated in the program. Also on the committee are Rob Cann and Katherine Ward from Manitoba Fisheries, Stephen Yuffe from Delta Read Estate, Frank Soja and John Toone Jr. As part of the bragging rights, each year the winning team in the corporate event gets a jacket to wear in honor of the achievement.

Here Linda Monin of Manitoba receives hers at the Hydro headquarters in downtown Winnipeg.linda morin

 All these young people get a chance to fish the Red and Assiniboine Rivers from shore and at the end of the day go home with a rod and reel. According to Miller, more than twenty master angler channel catfish have been caught over the course of the program by the group. The City of Winnipeg is a major partner with the Fish Winnipeg program and have expanded not only their week long fishing camps but also their "Learn to Fish" programs. Major sponsors of the event include Steamatic, Manitoba Hydro and Kississing Lake Lodge along with Pure Fishing and Cabela's.

This year, four lucky young anglers from the Fish Winnipeg program also headed up north to fish at Kississing Lake Lodge. Donated by lodge owner Curt Enns, these young people boarded a Calm Air flight to Flin Flon and flew in by float plane to the lodge, which is situated north of Flin Flon.

A special thanks to all the guides who donated their time and equipment to make our 14th annual Fish Winnipeg the best ever. They included Dan Thibeault, Pete Hiebert, Vince D'Anglio, Sid Blum, Phil Boiteau, Bob Kalid, John Brandon, Ed Friedrich, David Warrenchuk, Doug Beddall, Clancy Soloman, Donovan Pearse, Scott Knight, Jan Bass, Rick Thiessen, John Armitage, Steven Wintemute, Jeff Goethals, and Dean Gilbert.


All the Best of the Season! Thanks for your generosity and caring!


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