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Take a kid ice fishing at Lake Carlos State Park

Is cabin fever setting in? Then bundle up the kids and participate in the Take-a-Kid Ice Fishing Clinic at Lake Carlos State Park.

The event is set for Saturday, February 13 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The clinic is free, but interested parties are encouraged to call the park before next Thursday, February 11, to register, as class size is limited.

To register for the clinic, call Lake Carlos State Park at (320) 852-7200. A vehicle permit, which costs $5 for one day, is required to enter the park and can be purchased at the park office.

The ice fishing clinic will start inside the Visitor's Center, where presentations will be given on ice fishing safety, gear, techniques and, most importantly, how to have fun.

Kids will be able to make their own jigging stick to use on the lake and then take home. Christopherson Bait in Alexandria donated all of the fishing equipment needed to make the jigging sticks.

The last hour of the clinic will take place on Lake Carlos, where kids will have an opportunity to try and catch sunfish, crappies and the elusive walleye.

"Ice fishing can be a great way to get preschoolers to teens outside and back into nature," said Ryan Sansness, assistant manager at Lake Carlos State Park. "This clinic is geared toward families that have little or no ice fishing experience."

At the end of the clinic, one lucky kid will win a complete ice fishing kit.

Adults do not need a fishing license to attend the clinic. Anglers who are 18 years of age or older can also fish without a license from February 13 through February 15 if they are accompanied by a child younger than 16 years of age who is actively participating in the Take-a-Kid Ice Fishing weekend.

Lake Carlos State Park is located 10 miles north of Alexandria when traveling on Highway 29 North. At Highway 38, go two miles west to reach the park entrance.

For more information or questions, call Lake Carlos State Park at (320) 852-7200.