Gone Fishing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jackie Wolfinger   
Saturday, 01 June 2013 18:30

On May 14th and 15th, the special education students at Barry County Intermediate School District returned to Wintergreen Lake for the 8th year in a row to spend the day fishing! It was a fun-filled day for the students, their families, and all of the volunteers from the Sportsmen’s Outreach Team, Inc., and Kellogg Biological Station who made this day possible!

One of the first fish of the day

One of the first fish of the day!

Both days were kicked off by a short presentation about the fish in the lake. We learned how to identify each of the fish species that could be caught and what they like to eat. We also talked about the larger food chain within the lake and how the swans and geese add nutrients to the lake for the smallest microorganisms to utilize. Then it was time to head outdoors!

Touring the Bird Sanctuary

Touring the Bird Sanctuary

Half of the students went on a tour of the Sanctuary to learn about the birds that live here while the rest of the students started fishing with the volunteers. The Sanctuary’s Wintergreen Lake is not open to the public for fishing, so there were many large bluegill and pumpkinseed to be caught! It didn’t take long at all for each student to catch their limit of fish! The students were then able to select their largest fish to be weighed, measured, and recorded on the Leaderboard.

Weigh Station

Weigh Station

When the students started bringing their bucket of fish up to the Breezeway outside the Bookstore for the weigh-in, it was time for the rest of the volunteers to get to work! They spent several hours cleaning fish and preparing them for the fish fry. After every student finished fishing, it was time to eat! We had a delicious picnic of fried fish, hotdogs, and potato chips. Before the students left, the Sportsmen’s Outreach Team, Inc., volunteers screen printed a picture of each student with their biggest catch on a souvenir t-shirt! It was such a fun day for everyone involved, and some of the students told me that they were already looking forward to next year’s event!

Fishing along Wintergreen Lake

It was a beautiful day for fishing!