The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, along with the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. and the Eagle River Guides Association, will host the 38th annual Eagle River Fishing Day for Kids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Thursday, July 12.

This free event is for children between the ages of 7 and 12 years old, according to Natalie Spiess, chamber events coordinator. Registration will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Vilas County Fairgrounds.

“Young anglers can experience the outdoors while learning the fundamentals of fishing with the area’s top North Woods guides and fishing enthusiasts,” said Spiess.

Activities at the fairgrounds include fishing seminars from 10 to 11 a.m. given by members of Muskies Inc. and the Eagle River Guides Association and a casting contest from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The big moment comes at 11:30 a.m. when there is a drawing to match children with guides. Children then leave for fishing for the afternoon with their guide. 

Guides will provide gear for children who need it and area bait shops will provide the bait. Children are asked to take their own life preservers if they have them. Bag lunches will be provided by Pick ’n Save of Eagle River. 

“We will be able to accommodate 50 kids, therefore we are asking adults to preregister interested children at the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Office, located at 201 N. Railroad St. in Eagle River, or by phone at (715) 479-6400,” said Spiess.

In addition, Spiess said more guides and fishing enthusiasts are always needed to take children fishing. Guides can sign up by contacting the chamber office.

If there are openings available on the day of the event, the chamber will take registrations until all 50 fishing spots are filled.

“We ask parents and guardians to stay with their children at the event until they are assigned to a guide and have had a chance to meet the guide,” said Spiess. “Parents can then leave during the fishing hours and return to the Vilas County Fairgrounds to pick up their children after the activities end at 4 p.m.”