Green Lake's Young angler tourney registration begins March 15 and April 1 -1

Standing on stage for last year’s awards presentation are, from left, AYA Fishing Tournament staff Debbie Priepke and Mike White, the winning team of Brett Daye of Tampa, Fla., captain Billy Daye and Ethan Reilly, and AYA event organizer Chuck Hurley.

For the 13th-straight year, Norton’s Dry Dock is working with the non-profit Angler & Young Angler (AYA) national organization to host a youth-based fishing tournament on Big Green Lake.

The focus of the event is to promote the Green Lake community and the outdoors by introducing youth to the sport of fishing on Big Green Lake. The AYA Tournament is held on Big Green Lake and based out of Deacon Mills Park in Green Lake.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, June 19. Registration for returning teams begins March 15, while new team entries start April 1. Each team consists of one adult angler and up to two young anglers, ages 4 to 17.

From the first wave’s 8:30 a.m. blast­off to the second wave’s 3:30 p.m. weigh in, young anglers spend time fishing with fathers, mothers or mentors, exploring the waters in search of the right combination of five smallmouth bass needed to take first place.

To complete the day, AYA ends with an awards presentation made possible by donations from area and national sponsors.

Each young angler receives a rod and reel, a tackle box, more than 25 lures, a trophy or medallion, a bag of goodies and memories of a day spent fishing on Big Green Lake.

Each team also receives a team bag, sporting items, event T Shirts and more.

The event includes official weigh-in, prizes, awards and lunch.

The winning team’s young anglers will receive the “Lund Ultimate Catch” $3,000 scholarship, while each young angler receiving a $1,500 scholarship.

This year, event coordinators again will award the Dave & Krista Norton $1,000 Founders Scholarship in recognition of the people who brought this event to the community.

Additionally, a number of “Cast It Forward” $1,000 scholarships will be given to young anglers whose names are drawn randomly and announced at the awards ceremony upon conclusion of the fishing tournament.

Last year’s tournament saw 50 teams registered with 94 kids fishing. The Green Lake Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow has worked with the event every year to return all fish caught back to the lake.

For more information and for photos of previous events, visit the “Norton’s Dry Dock” Facebook page.

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