Youngsters enjoy musky club outing

LAONA, Wis. — The Boundary Waters Musky Club and the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc., hosted a fishing outing earlier this month for youth up to age 17.

The event’s headquarters was at the Silver Lake pavilion in Laona. Forty-one young participants fished various lakes in the area, selecting their method of fishing.

Approaches varied from live bait to casting artificial lures, targeting panfish to muskies.

Lunch was served and prizes given for the largest fish in each category. All participating kids received a rod and reel, Mepps spinner assortment or a fishing backpack. The young anglers were matched up with one of 21 guides, who donated their time, boat, tackle and bait. Fish were released to be caught another day.

“This was great way to introduce kids to various types of fishing and learn new angling skills,”said Dan Lazzeroni, event chairman. “Some had not fished from a boat before. It certainly appeared that everyone had a great time and went home happy. The weather cooperated with a nice warm and sunny day.”

Winners in each category were:

— Northern pike, 31 inches by Kya Lazzeroni, age 12.

–Bass, 16-inch largemouth by Ben Kuethe, 17.

— Panfish, 10.5-inch crappie by Chris Paglio, 13.

No walleyes or musky were landed.

“I want to especially thank the 21 guides, volunteers and the sponsors who donated goods and fishing items,” said Dan Lazzeroni. “We could not have done this without them.”

As hosts, the Boundary Waters Club helped cover the event’s expenses, the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. provided insurance coverage, and a musky rod.

Plans are being made to host next year’s outing, tentatively set for July 6. Information will be posted on the event’s Facebook page, BWMC-Muskies Inc. Kids Outing of NE WI.

For more information about the Boundary Waters Musky Club, go to