Friday, May 29, 2015

Take a kid fishing and fish free June 5-7

Minnesotans age 16 or older don't need a fishing license to take a child age 15 or younger fishing on Friday, June 5, to Sunday, June 7, during Take a Kid Fishing Weekend.

"This is an annual opportunity to introduce a child to fishing without the prior purchase of a fishing license," said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "It's a great weekend to make some memories and go fishing with family and friends." 

For those new to fishing, the DNR's Fish Minnesota Web page at answers basic fishing questions and explains fishing terminology. The site also includes links to a beginner's guide to fishing, fishing regulations and information on where to fish.

"It is incredibly rewarding to watch a kid smile ear-to-ear while they reel in a fish," Kurre said. "Kids love fishing, and at your fingertips there are resources that make it easier to learn how to fish and teach others."

Fishing classes from the DNR's I Can Fish! program run throughout the summer at state parks. And even when it's not Take a Kid Fishing Weekend, Minnesota residents generally can fish in state parks without a fishing license if the body of water doesn't require a trout stamp. 

For links to state park fishing information, the beginner's guide to fishing and more, see the DNR's Take a Kid Fishing page at

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