After years of hard work the City of Marinette held their Menekaunee Harbor dedication celebration on the opening day of a huge fishing tournament.
Ten million dollars has gone into cleaning up the harbor and the lower Menominee River, Marinette was able to pay for the majority of the project through grants from the EPA and the Wisconsin DNR, almost eight million dollars.
The Cabela’s tournament will last until Friday and it fourth and final tournament on the tour and on Friday a national champion will be crowned.
However, the benefit to the community will last long after the anglers head out of town, the new Menekaunee Harbor Park and Boat Launch officially opened up today.
There is a paved parking lot with a new bathroom facility, new docks with boat slips that have power, a boat ramp and a park with green space.
This tournament is expected to bring in more than one million dollars to the local economy during the span of this tournament.
A pair of teams were able to catch their quota of walleyes in a matter of a couple hours bringing in five fish that added up to almost forty pounds.
“The whole entire bay is on fire right now,” said Max Wilson of Fond Du Lac. “If I had to fish one place for the rest of my life it would be Green Bay because there are so many different ways you can catch them and they are all big fish.”
Also on Friday there will be a future angler fishing clinic for children which is free and Smokey the Bear will be there, that starts at 2:30 at Menekaunee Harbor.