Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing on February 19Bundle up the kids and participate in the Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing clinic at Lake Carlos State Park on Saturday, February 19 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Bundle up the kids and participate in the Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing clinic at Lake Carlos State Park on Saturday, February 19 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
The ice fishing clinic will start inside the park’s visitor center, where presentations will be given on ice fishing safety, gear, techniques and how to have fun. Children will be able to make their own jigging stick to use on the ice and can take it home.
The last hour of the clinic will take place on Lake Carlos, where participants will attempt to catch sunfish, crappies and walleye.
Christopher Bait of Alexandria and Dick Gustafson donated the equipment to make the jigging sticks. At the end of the clinic, one child will win a complete ice fishing kit.
Adults do not need a fishing license to attend. Anglers 18 and older can also fish without a license from February 19 through 23 if they are accompanied by a child younger than 16 and actively participating in Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing weekend.
There is no charge for the clinic but pre-registration before February 17 is required. Call the park at (320) 852-7200.
A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and can be purchased at the office for $5 for a one-day pass or $25 for a year-round pass.
Lake Carlos State Park is located 10 miles north of Alexandria. From State Highway 29, go two miles west on Highway 38 to reach the park entrance.