The Masonic Lodge, headquartered in Pelican Rapids, donated funds to the Pelican high school Fishing League team recently. Presenting the $740 check is Worshipful Master Mike Meland, left, with Pelican fishing coach Steve Maresh.

High school fishing squad opens season on Detroit Lake

Students will be testing their angling skills this summer, as the high school “Fishing League” season launches this week. 

The season opens on Detroit Lake, with as many as 34 Pelican Rapids high school youth participating, reports fishing coach Steve Maresh.

He has the support of not only a dozen volunteer “boat captains,” but also area bushinesses and organizations who have donated and supported the fishing program. 

The boat captains are mostly parents, as wells as uncles and grandparents. In addition, the program has benefitted from support from the Pelican Rapids based Masonic Lodge; and businesses Strand Ace Hardware, Park Region Co-op, Stuvland Construction, and Lakeland General Store, Dunvilla, noted Maresh. 

COVID pandemic aftermath is still impacting activities, and the season is still somewhat “in flux” said Maresh. An event is planned for Lake Lida this season, though details are still pending. 

 The fishing league is launching its fourth season. Pelican competes with a “pod” of schools that includes Rothsay, Hawley and Barnesville. Students in grades 7-12 are eligible. There are at least four girls on the Pelican team this year, noted Maresh.