Take a kid fishing weekend in Minnesota from June 9th-11th

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Minnesota DNR’s take a kid fishing weekend is happening June 9th-11th. If you bring a kid 15 years of younger, you don’t need to have a fishing license for the weekend. This is part of the Minnesota DNR’s celebration of June being Great Outdoors Month. However, its also about bringing families together and teaching children about the rules and regulations when it comes to fishing.

Luke Irons of the Minnesota DNR, talked more about how the fishing was going at Boy Scout Landing. “This is kind of quiet today. I’m sure tomorrow on take a kid fishing day, it’s going to be way more of a zoo down here.” Irons said. “It’s probably going to be over 50 to 100 boats at even one landing. It’s important to teach these kids the regulations and how to fish in Minnesota by following the rules as well.”

Youth 15 and younger don’t need to have fishing licenses at any time of the year. However, they need to follow all fishing seasons and other Minnesota state regulations. One of the main concerns of the Minnesota DNR is preventing the spread of invasive species. “93% of our lakes are still untouched by invasive species. So everyone thinks that they’re kind of everywhere. They really aren’t compared to how many lakes of the 11,000 we have in Minnesota.” Irons said. “But it’s we’re doing our best. Getting your license helps fund the Minnesota DNR so we can keep doing our job to keep the water safe. Making sure you know the rules and cleaning off your boat properly also helps. That way we can enjoy the clean waters like everyone else.”

Minnesota residents also may generally fish in state parks without a fishing license if the body of water does not require a trout stamp. For more information about take a kid fishing weekend you can look here. If you want to read more stories about fishing you can read more here.