KELOLAND had some great weather for fishing! Sioux Falls Police are using the sport to connect with local kids. KELOLAND News stopped by a local pond to see what they caught.
“It’s a beautiful day. We got a whole bunch of worms. We got fishing poles. Kids are coming, and later we’re going to have pizza. So it’s a good day, yea,” Sioux Falls Community Resource Officer Brady Lieuwen said.
The fishing, food and fun are all big parts of the annual Cast with a Cop event. It’s also an opportunity to teach kids what officers really do.
“That’s what our job today is. It’s to build relationships, build friendships and then let them know that we are just normal people,” said Lieuwen.
The Minnehaha Sheriff’s department, Game, Fish and Parks and Sioux Falls Police let loose and let the reels fly this morning.
Thanks to Soukup Construction, they had a full pond to learn on.
“So we can preserve this nice heritage called fishing, is to take kids out and educate them on it and show them how much fun it is,” Dakota Wild Volunteer, Vern Boer said.
Lyrica was one of the lucky kids to have a really good day, catching her first fish ever!
“The fish is like, I had it right about there, but was closer to the middle and then the fish just came out of nowhere. Literally. Just like, wooh,” fisher, Lyrica said.
“The neatest thing to watch is a kid’s face when they hook a fish. It’s just fantastic,” said Boer.
“Yeah, it was really big,” said Lyrica.