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Take a kid fishing June 7-9

Celebrate the end of the school year with a potential angler-to-be by fishing for free with a child 15 or younger June 7-9 during Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

"This is a great opportunity to discover fishing," said Mike Kurre, the DNR's mentoring program coordinator. "Minnesotans 16 or older who take a child 15 or younger fishing don't need a license that weekend."

A boat isn't needed, and there are loaner poles and tackle in some areas.

Learn some terms, basic techniques and shore-fishing locations by visiting

takeakidfishing. DNR fisheries offices throughout Minnesota also offer angling advice about fishing spots that will keep young anglers safe.

The DNR's Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) program provides urban shore-fishing opportunities across the metro with family-friendly settings, piers, loaner equipment at some locations and a real chance to catch quality fish. Learn more online at

Four of Minnesota's nine state parks that offer this summer's weekly I Can Fish! program have sessions scheduled during Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend. Sessions at each park explore the basics of fishing, fish identification and angling tips and tricks. For more information, go to