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Take a Kid Fishing weekend starts this Friday

Take a Kid Fishing weekend allows adults to fish without a license, as long as they take a child fishing with them.

A Take A Kid Fishing participant catches a fish with the help of a guide during the 2019 event on Lake Bemidji. (Pioneer file photo)

BEMIDJI -- Take a Kid Fishing weekend starts this Friday, June 11, and lasts through Sunday, June 13. During the weekend, Minnesota residents can fish without licenses if they take children ages 15 and younger fishing with them.

“Time spent fishing with kids tends to be full of smiles, fun and connection,” Benji Kohn, volunteer mentor program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said in a release. "Fishing can teach kids patience, build their confidence and turn into a great family bonding experience.”

Youth 15 years and younger do not require fishing licenses at any time of the year, though they must observe all fishing seasons and other regulations. Take a Kid Fishing weekend allows adults to fish without a license, as long as they take a child fishing with them.

Minnesota residents also may generally fish in state parks without a fishing license if the body of water does not require a trout stamp, the release said.

Learn to fish opportunities

Adults who want to learn about fishing ahead of Take a Kid Fishing weekend are invited to join a webinar at noon on Wednesday, June 9. The webinar will discuss the DNR Fishing in the Neighborhood Program and other resources to help take advantage of the Take a Kid Fishing Weekend opportunity. Registration and more information are available on the DNR website .


The DNR’s Learn to Fish webpage also covers fishing basics, where to fish, how to catch different types of fish, and the importance of fishing ethics and being stewards of Minnesota’s natural resources.

In the Twin Cities area, people can find accessible piers and shore fishing locations, and lakes stocked with fish, by going to the DNR’s Fishing in the Neighborhood webpage. For fishing locations in greater Minnesota, Minnesota Great Outdoors offers an excellent online mapping tool.

Anyone 16 years or older can buy fishing licenses online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense . The investment in the license supports management of the state’s fishing resources and in maintaining habitats that benefit fish and aquatic systems, and good fishing for future generations, the release said.

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