Remember that Friday through Sunday, June 8-10, is Minnesota’s Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend. Minnesotans can fish without a license while accompanying a child younger than 16, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The annual Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend is designed to rekindle childhood memories, construct some new ones and create the next generation of anglers who will be the future stewards of the state’s natural resources.
“Remember catching your first fish?” asked Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring coordinator. “Helping a child catch his or her first fish and seeing that big smile never gets old.”
There are several keys to providing that special experience. The most important one is for adults to leave their fishing rods at home so they can focus on the child’s positive angling experience.
Visit www.mndnr.gov/fin to find helpful fishing information, including the location of fishing piers, how to rig fishing gear and fish identification. Local bait shops also can offer good advice on where to take a child fishing.