The 52nd annual Bismarck Tribune Sport Show was held at the Bismarck Event Center on February 11-13, 2022 in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Professional anglers duo JR Carter and Kris Walcker were honored to have this seminar again in hopes of growing the sport of fishing through education and outreach.
This year 44 kids and 38 adults learned about ice fishing and open water safety, proper clothing for the conditions, fish identification, preventing aquatic invasive species, state fishing laws, how to catch fish and worked with the kids on how to cast!
The kids were engaged, active participants and were excited to receive their very own rod and reel. By the end of the clinic, many were making plans with their parents to take a fishing trip. The adults even walked away with some new knowledge, tips and gear ideas.
Carter stated, “If we can create excitement and spark a new interest, we can give kids a positive outlet. An outlet that doesn’t have to cost a lot and one that can be enjoyed outside. We all know the positive benefits nature can have on a person. Most importantly, we are helping to create future anglers and that’s where it’s at.”
As part of the National Professional Angler Association, the Future Angler Foundation provided rods, reels, and shirts while the North Dakota Game and Fish provided education materials.
“JR and I are honored to be part of organizations who invest in future generations and we appreciate events that see the value in this investment. We hope to see some of these families on the water this summer as they make memories to last a lifetime.” Walcker said.
The duo will start their 2022 professional fishing events at the end of March with the National Walleye Tour.
Wishing everyone a basket full of big fish!