Indoor fishing contest promises whale of a good time

Anyone who loves fishing but dislike the unpredictable April weather is in luck.
The Rum River Community Foundation will hold its third annual indoor fishing contest fundraiser on Saturday, April 29, from 4-8 p.m. at the Phoenix Banquet Center in Milaca. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and younger.
How does a person fish indoors?
“They essentially are drawing a fake fish out of a pool that has a weight written on it,” Rum River Community Foundation Chair Bob Sumner said.
Each attendee at the event is given an opportunity to “fish” a fake fish out of a pool. Each fish has a weight written on it, corresponding to a prize. There are four categories of fish, and each category has four prizes. The fish categories are northern pike, walleye, bass and crappie. For those who don’t “catch the big one,” as the event schedule puts it, on their first try at the pool, there will be second-chance contest opportunities.
The prizes include fishing rod, reels, fishing launches and fishing apparel. There are also three lifetime youth fishing licenses.
In addition to the indoor fishing, the fundraiser will also include a fish dinner, a fish-themed meat raffle, a fishing equipment flea market and kids games. There will also be a raffle for lifetime fishing licenses and other prizes.
The indoor fishing contest is one of the Rum River Community Foundation’s major fundraising events each year. The other is the annual Holiday Sounds concert.
“The funds from this go into our Rum River Community Foundation endowment fund,” Sumner said.
Last year the Rum River Community Foundation provided funds to Operation Community Connect, the Milaca High School drama department, the Milaca Hall of Fame, Rec Fest, Special Olympics, the Milaca School District’s Gimme Five program and Operation Community Connect.
For more information on the indoor fishing contest or the Rum River Community Foundation, visit or call 320-983-3141.