DNR, Ice Fishing Derby Offers Minnesota Youth Angling Opportunities

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DNR, Ice Fishing Derby Offers Minnesota Youth Angling Opportunities - (photo from last years board)Fifty young people will be chosen to learn ice fishing techniques at a special seminar to be held on Jan. 24 at the 34th Annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby. The kids will also receive free gear and on-the-ice instruction from Bob Jensen, television host of Fishing the Midwest.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will select youth participants and their mentors from Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs and the department’s Southeast Asian and Hispanic community outreach efforts. Cabela’s in Rogers will sponsor a pre-derby seminar on Jan. 10 for the participants. The Maple Lake Property Owners Association will donate fishing gear and waive derby entry fees.

Also, any youth in grades five through seven who has never ice fished before can register to attend the Knights of Columbus learn-to-fish program the same day as the derby. The program will be conducted on the south end of Maple Lake at the beach exit off Minnesota Highway 55. Equipment will be provided but space is limited. To register, contact Randy Gales at 612-363-1535.

Complete ice derby details are available online.