DASSEL, COKATO, MN Dassel-Cokato Middle School student Shanessa Densmore has already gotten her 15 minutes of fame. Densmore won a drawing and got to spend a day bass fishing with pro angler Mike Frisch.
Her fishing trip was documented for Frisch’s television show, “Fishing the Midwest,” which typically airs Saturdays at 11 a.m. on Fox Sports Net North.
In 2013, Frisch helped launch Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s School of Fish, which quickly became one of the country’s leading fishing education programs, specializing in teaching kids and other beginners to fish.
Dassel-Cokato Community Education has offered the program for the past several years. The program gives students the opportunity to learn about lakes, fish and fish-finding, and angling skills.
Each year, a single student’s name is drawn from a pool of all the students who took a School of Fish class that season. Shanessa was the lucky winner this year.
She joined Frisch on Lake Victoria, near Alexandria, Sept. 18, to film a segment for the show.
Jeff Densmore, Shanessa’s dad, said Frisch is “a pretty cool guy.”
Shanessa was pretty cool, too. She outfished Frisch 8 to 2. Frisch even kept two of her largest fish to use for filming some underwater footage.
Jeff wasn’t surprised. Shanessa has grown up on Big Swan Lake, just north of Dassel.
“When you want to find her, she’ll be on the beach playing with the dog, or on the dock fishing,” Jeff said.
Shanessa’s episode of “Fishing the Midwest” is available on YouTube. The episode is titled “The Ice Fishing Revolution is Happening.” Her segment begins at approximately the 15-minute mark.