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Minnesota's Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is June 8-10

As part of Minnesota's "Take a Kid Fishing Weekend," Minnesota residents can fish without a license if they take a young angler age 15 or younger fishing. The free fishing weekend begins Friday, June 8 and continues through Sunday, June 10. (Photo/ Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

Minnesota’s “Take a Kid Fishing Weekend” begins Friday and continues through Sunday, June 10, and Minnesota residents can fish without licenses if they take children 15 or younger fishing, the Department of Natural Resources said.

“Fishing together with kids can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and have some memorable experiences,” said Jeff Ledermann, DNR angler recruitment, retention and education supervisor. “We encourage people to give it a try. It’s fairly easy to buy or borrow fishing poles, and one good way to start is by fishing for bluegills with small hooks, bobbers and live bait.”

Minnesotans 15 and younger don’t need fishing licenses any time of the year. Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is a way for adults and kids to fish together without the step of buying a license.

The DNR’s Take a Kid Fishing Weekend page includes links to a beginner’s guide to fishing; DNR’s Fish Minnesota page that includes regulations and locations of easy-to-access fishing piers and shore fishing areas; and information about fishing in Minnesota state parks.

Fishing gear is available to borrow at state parks, and the DNR’s I Can Fish! program teaches the basics of fishing and runs throughout the summer at state parks. 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 does not require a trout stamp.

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998.  A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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