Fishing and learning at the 2015 Kids Fishing Clinic

The Kids Fishing Clinic (May 2, 2015) brought “schools” of kids down to the Coon Rapids Dam Park to experience the joy and wonders of fishing. Kids learned to tie knots and cast from the shore. But to be a good fisher you have to know your fish and protect the waters that are their home.

MinnAqua is a statewide education program designed to teach angling recreation and stewardship as well as the ecology and conservation of aquatic habitats. MinnAqua shows How to Introduce a Kid to Fishing.

Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urban fishing program. FiN provides great shore fishing opportunities for the 2.8 million Twin Cities metro residents. Fishing the Neighborhood ponds are intended for beginner anglers to introduce them to the sport of fishing, but can be used by anyone wanting to wet a line.

FiN works with Anoka County Parks Department and other local partners to provide family-friendly settings situated in residential areas. This allows people to enjoy a day at the park and good fishing too. In cooperation with local partners, FiN stocks fish, assesses fish populations, installs fishing piers and shore fishing structures, restores shoreline habitat and sponsors aquatic education to create quality fishing opportunities.

IF YOU MISSED the Kids Fishing Clinic – or if you want another shot at catching your fish – you have other opportunities:

  • Take-A-Kid Fishing Weekend (June 6-8, 2015). Minnesotans 16 or older who take a child 15 or younger fishing don’t need a license that weekend, and opportunities for inexperienced, beginning anglers abound. Catch some quality, family time and plan a special fishing day or weekend. See where to go fishing in Anoka County (DNR public fishing map).
  • CAST (Community and Sheriffs Together) Kid’s Fishing Day and Tournament (Friday, July 31, 2015, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm). Children will be paired up with a Fishing Guide and taken out in a boat. Trophies will be given for the largest Bass, Northern, Pan Fish, and more. All equipment bait, lunch, entertainment and trophies are provided for free. This event is open to children ages 5 – 15 at the Lake George Regional Park on. Please register for this event.
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