Let’s Go Fishing was created to enrich the lives of people age 60 and older through free fishing and boating excursions that strengthen communities, build relationships and create memories. It gets seniors, and people of all ages outdoors, with the help of volunteers who donate time, and often money, to keep the pontoon and supplies in order.
And now the pontoon and the supplies onboard have gone missing from the True Value parking lot, where it is usually parked.
“It’s used all summer long for several outings for anybody who wants to go fishing, senior citizens included. It last went out Saturday, we were looking to use it for a Thursday outing, and figured it wasn’t parked there anymore. We figured one of the guys who run the boat had it somewhere because something was being fixed on it, so we didn’t panic right away, but yesterday ... it still wasn’t there. We called all the directors on the board, and nobody had it,” said Amy Reidinger with Community Education.
The pontoon is valued at $11,000.
So far, there isn’t a lot of information about where the boat may have gone. At this point, the Montevideo Police Department is calling it a theft.
However, it has been confirmed that a member of another Let’s Go Fishing chapter saw a Let’s Go Fishing pontoon being pulled at 11 p.m., north of Belgrade on Sunday night, which is just after the last time the Montevideo pontoon was seen.
“That’s a really strange time for one of those pontoons to be out,” said Reidinger.
The incident is being investigated by the Montevideo Police Department. Anyone with information about the pontoon should call law enforcement at (320) 269-8808.