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MIKE LUOKKA, left, helps other kids to fish off the dock at the Ontonagon Marina during the Kids Fishing Derby Saturday. Left to right:Luokka, Scott Jackson, Owen Cogswell and Wayne Giesau.
ONTONAGON - The weather was cool and sometimes rain fell but the Ontonagon Marina Saturday was full of children and parents for the Kids Fishing Derby, hosted by the Ottawa National Forest.
The day included casting contests, minnow races, prizes in many divisions and other activities. Dad Joey Voldarski said it was "exciting " to see the kids smiling and excited about catching fish.
The Kids Fishing Derbies were held at several areas during the Michigan Free Fishing Weekend.
The local event was also supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.P. Sports Fishermen's Association, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Friends of the Porkies, the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Fisheries Division and many other local partners.