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There are few things that are as perfect as a day on the quiet waters of an inland Michigan lake. The gentle breeze lapping waves on the reedy shores, and the quiet murmur of nature complete with the raucous giggles of an avid young fisherman radiating in neon pink squeaking as she tugs in her prize catch. Such is the sight tucked into the far corner of Bath's Park Lake, and the young lady is fishing extraordinaire Jada Yannotti.
With her Dad Sean by her side they are quite the duo popping out pan fish in a dual that any fishing father knows well. "I brought her out here one day, and then she started asking every time I came out. She enjoys the gift of patience, she told me once that I'm always out here trying too hard."
She answered, almost right on cue "It doesn't matter about how big the fish is, it matters how many you catch." Jada explained further, "I like fishing because every time when I cast, he would never catch fish but I would catch fish! Then he'd have to put his pole down and I would catch ALL the fish!"
Jada is an eight year old Bath elementary student and a fishing wonderkid. It's not just that she enjoys the hobby, it's her proficiency and ability to almost catch a fish on demand. Right as we were talking she popped a prized blue gill out of the water. She explained to me that bluegills are her favorite fish "because they look cool and they are really fun to catch".
Sean said what so many of fishing Dads feel, "A perfect day out here, is me and my daughter coming out here. A day just like today actually, getting some fishing in, learning some life lessons from fishing."
Park Lake is located in Bath just off of Park Lake road and is a lovely place to spend a day with young, old and all the in-between. There is a park with a picnic shelter, playground and facilities to the east of the lake. There is a public boat launch and a small beach within walking distance of the Park Lake Creamery for both ice cream and chocolate delicacies. The best feature of the entire park may be that the beach parking lot is adjacent to the beach itself, making it accessible and enjoyable for anyone with mobility issues, a rarity in Michigan waterways.
I think our young fisherman said it best when I asked her what the best fishing day ever would look like. Talking to me but with her eyes still on the water she exclaimed "The best of fishing days is today!"
And we couldn't agree more.
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