Applause for Hooked on Fishing

On Saturday, July 28, at the Ted Stevens Day and Soldotna Progress Days, I had the pleasure of giving 250 fishing rods and reels to Soldotna and Kenai area boys and girls. This is the tenth year for the “Hooked on Fishing Program.” This program is sponsored by Kenai River Sportfishing Association. 


I would like to give special thanks to Trustworthy Hardware and Fishing. They have been supporting us in many ways for the past ten years and continue to assist us in keeping this great program going. 

Through the efforts of volunteers like Dennis Gease, Ricky Gease, Ken Simpson, Larry and Sheryl Miller, Clay Sewall the Millers grandson, Ron Rainey, Bill Wirin, Betty Lowery, Steve Riddle, Sal Mintero and Mike Penland we were able to gather donated rods and reels, mostly new and some refurbished, and present them to children between the ages of 6 and 16. 

The men and woman who put this “Hooked on Fishing” program together dedicate many hours, and a lot of money to give the children of our community an opportunity to have a fishing rod in their hands rather than getting into trouble. A happy experience fishing with dad or mom will be remembered forever and most likely be passed down through generations.

If you would like to contribute to the Hooked on Fishing program, drop your rods and reels, checks or cash donations made out to: KRSA, with “Hooked on Fishing” on the memo line to the Kenai River Sportfishing Assoc. office, in Soldotna. 

Thank you again for making our Hooked on Fishing Program a great success. 


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