Take Advantage of Take-a-Kid Fishing Weekend June 6-8

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Minnesotans who want to catch some quality family time are encouraged to take advantage of Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend, which is June 6-8.

Minnesota residents 18 and older can fish for free during these days when they accompany an angler younger than 16.

“Most kids would love to go fishing,” said C.B. Bylander, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) outreach section chief. “By eliminating the need for a license on these three days, we’re providing an opportunity for family and friends to try the recreational sport of fishing with a youth and encouraging people to get outdoors, have fun, and discover joys of fishing.”

Finding a place to fish is easy. Visit mndnr.gov/takemefishing on the DNR Web site. Just click on the link to Lake Finder to catch all sorts of inside information. Or, visit exploreminnesota.com to find great places to stay, play and fish. Finally, visit the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Web site at mn.takemefishing.org to hook great tips to make the trip a success.

The DNR’s MinnAqua program, which teaches kids and adults about lake and stream ecology through angling, is planning several events corresponding to Take-A-Kid Fishing Weekend. Events scheduled for Saturday, June 7, include:

  • – children’s Fishing Clinic at Camden State Park near Lynd
  • – fishing History Fun at William O’Brien State Park near Marine-on-St. Croix
  • – fishing History Fun at Lake Bemidji near Bemidji
  • – fishing History Fun at Bear Head Lake near Ely
  • – Take A Kid Trout Fishing at Whitewater State Park near Altura.

More information on these events is available online at mndnr.gov/takeakidfishing.

“The idea is to give Minnesotans an opportunity to show kids just how much fun fishing can be,” said Jenifer Matthees, DNR MinnAqua program coordinator. “The only way to do that is to get these excitable young anglers-to-be out to the lake.”

June 1-8 also is National Fishing and Boating Week. Boating information, fishing tactics, tips on equipment and safety, advice and stories from pro anglers is available online at www.rbff.org.