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Senior Fishing Day afloat for 30 years

Equipped with cane poles and determination, seniors were out on Lake Darling Wednesday taking part in the 30th annual Viking Sportsmen’s Senior Fishing Day. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)1 / 4
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On Wednesday, approximately 150 seniors and veterans boarded 15 pontoon boats to take part in the 30th annual Senior Fishing Day on Lake Darling. They caught a few fish during the afternoon, but the weather was definitely a keeper Wednesday.3 / 4
Dozens of volunteers, including Dr. Ronald Verant, were on board all 15 pontoon boats Wednesday to help seniors with baiting, reeling and taking off fish.4 / 4

Senior Fishing Day is an event hundreds of seniors look forward to each year.

They get out on the water, take in the sights and, if they’re lucky, they’ll reel in a few

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fish too.

On Wednesday, organizers celebrated the 30th annual Senior Fishing Day.

This year, there were about 150 seniors aboard 15 pontoon boats fishing and putting around Lake Darling.

Several organizations, businesses and residents come together to donate funding, supplies and volunteer time to make the day happen for seniors and veterans, including the Viking Sportsmen Club, the event’s main sponsor.

Once everyone was out on the lake Wednesday, event coordinator Arlene Bosek and Viking Sportsmen Club member Jim Lais were cruising from pontoon to pontoon replenishing bait, water and pop supplies.

“I hope they have a good feeling about being in the outdoors, making friends and I hope they’re having a good time,” Bosek said. “To me, seeing a smile on their face is payment.”

Bosek and Lais also checked in with anglers Wednesday for fishing reports.

“Nothing yet,” some seniors said with a shrug.

“We’ve caught our limit,” others chortled with a smile.

Also part of the annual tradition - seniors are treated to a fish fry at the Douglas County Fairgrounds 4-H building. An estimated 400 people attend each year.

Bosek said seniors tell her the annual event is always on their calendar on the second Wednesday in July from 1 to 3 p.m. at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center. All seniors are welcome.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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