8/4/2017 2:37:00 PM Keeping loved one's spirit alive
also benefits Let's Go Fishing
Could there be anything more appropriate than a memorial fishing tournament that raises money, and the funds are subsequently donated in support of a volunteer group that takes seniors and the disabled out on area lakes to fish?
It was meant to be.
Let’s Go Fishing, a non-profit volunteer organization recently accepted $500 in proceeds from the Shel Krona Memorial Toothy Critters-- a tournament held in memory of a Lindstrom area resident who created a northern pike fishing tourney for family and friends that ran for 14 years.
Let’s Go Fishing has actively provided a program on Rush Lake in Northern Chisago County, for years, and recently added a boat on the Chisago Lakes Chain. LGF Coordinator Joe Sroga describes this group as “full speed ahead.”
A recent excursion out on the LGF pontoon was organized through the YMCA, added Sroga. There have been 200 people on the Chisago LGF pontoon just this summer.
He stated, “We are very thankful for the Toothy Critters tourney donation and becoming a major sponsor.”
The northern pike tourney began as an informal, invitational/reunion event. It was started by Shel and Wendy Krona, after the couple moved to South Center Lake around 1995. For 14 years it was known as the June Toothy Critters.
Landon Krona, Shel’s son, keeps it all going in honor of his folks and Landon and wife Tracy presented the proceeds to Sroga, shown in photo in plaid shorts.
Krona explained how his father participated in Parmly’s Adult Day Program and found Let’s Go Fishing while battling a brain tumor. Shel died in February 2015.
He was out on the Let’s Go Fishing pontoon many times, Landon continued. “After Dad’s passing we just knew we had to get Toothy Critters re-started as a charitable event to honor his legacy and give back to LGF,” said Landon.
Toothy Critters participants fish on South Center Lake. Krona said over the years pike have tipped the scales at 8 pounds-plus and just this summer over 40 pike were caught amongst 24 people fishing in eight boats and six were bigger than 8 pounds.
“Shel, along with all of us, loved to fish for northern, especially trolling...that adrenaline rush when they hit so hard and fast and South Center offers some true quality pike fishing at times.”