Mitch Gifford of Cameron helps his daughter, Lilli, land a trout caught while fishing in a catch-and-release trout pond set up at the Wisconsin Sport Show Friday at the Menards Conference Center, 5150 Old Mill Plaza Drive. The pond is a new feature at ...
Katie Genrich of Strum ended up catching a trout for her 2-year-old son to see at the Wisconsin Sport Show Friday.
“I think it was good he got to see the fish,” she said, even though Cade was a bit worried about fishing in the portable catch-and-release pond. “It gave him a chance to see what fishing is about without having to wait,” she added, noting she fishes a couple times a week.
Genrich said she and her husband, Zach, always try to attend the sport show held at the Menards Conference Center, 5150 Old Mill Plaza Drive.
“There are so many different things to look at from the dog training to the boat excursions that we hope to get to do some day,” she said.
Over 150 vendors are at the sports show that continues through Sunday.
About 8,500 people are expected to attend the show, said Lisa Gill, event promoter.
Vendors include outdoor sports and recreation, hunting, fishing, camping and retail businesses, Gill said.
“If anyone is getting cabin fever and is ready for spring, this is the place,” Gill said.
Jim Hill, who runs the trout pond from Asheville, N.C., said many children catch their first fish at such a pond.
“It is fun for kids and adults,” he said. “It gives kids exposure to fishing.”
Fishing costs $3 for five minutes or $5 for 10 minutes, and the trout were biting Friday afternoon.
Lilli Gifford, 7, of Cameron, caught two fish at the pond Friday.
“It was cool,” she said. “It was easy because you could see them.”
Gifford loves fishing throughout the year.
Her mom, Amy Gifford, said the trout pond was neat.
“It is really good for kids who don’t ever get to fish,” Amy Gifford said.
Mark Harsch of rural Eau Claire, a member of United Blood Trackers, was with his bloodhounds, Stella and Mako, as a vendor.
Harsch was in a booth with fellow tracker Tory Freed of Freeds Deer Recovery in Cadott with his Bavarian Mountain Hound, Hilda.
Both businesses help hunters recover deer after they have been mortally wounded and the hunters have lost the track.
“I love their goofiness,” Harsch said of bloodhounds. Bloodhounds are very good cold trackers finding trails that are cold.
Stella, who is seven years old, has found a deer trail over 48 hours old in 15 minutes.
Freed said there are only 300 Bavarian Mountain Hound dogs in the U.S.
“They are just wonderful with kids,” he said.
Vendor Dustin Winrich, of A & D Docks and Service of Cornell, said he enjoys the sports show.
“It’s good to see the customers over the years,” he said.
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• The Wisconsin Sport Show continues from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Menards Conference Center, 5150 Old Mill Plaza Drive. Admission is $8 for adults.
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