Plan Ahead to Take a Kid Fishing

These days I need to beg my kid to take me fishing. It turns out Mom is no longer needed to drive the boat, tie the lure on or bait the hook. Josh can do it all and there’s no need for Mom to come along.  I’m sure there are other kids out there who would love to go fishing who don’t have access like Josh does. Now I just need to find them so I have an excuse to go fishing again.

Find yourself a kid or two and take them fishing. It’s a great way to get a day on the lake and get a kid into the great outdoors.


Boundary Waters
Saganaga Lake


Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is June 10-12

Minnesotans can take children 15 or younger fishing without licenses on Friday, June 10, to Sunday, June 12, during Take a Kid Fishing Weekend.

“This weekend is a way to introduce a kid to fishing without purchasing a fishing license,” said Jeff Ledermann, angler recruitment, retention and education supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We hope the annual opportunity leads to great memories and sparks kids’ interest in fishing.”

Beginners and even those without fishing gear have abundant opportunities to try fishing in Minnesota. Fishing gear is available to borrow at Minnesota state parks, and the DNR’s I Can Fish! program teaches all the basics of fishing and runs throughout the summer at state parks.

Throughout the state, anyone can fish from shore or one of Minnesota’s many fishing piers, which feature nearby parking and have hard surface paths from parking areas. Pier locations are listed at

Metro area shore fishing sites that provide great opportunities to catch fish are listed by county at Check the “Places” section on the DNR fishing page at for even more ideas about where to fish. Visit to learn about the basics of fishing, explanations of fishing terminology and current fishing regulations.

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 doesn’t require a trout stamp. More information is available at

For a beginner’s guide to fishing and more, see the DNR’s Take a Kid Fishing page at

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