MinnAqua - Fishing Education

Division of Fish & Wildlife Outreach Section

What is MinnAqua?

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

Minnaqua instructor with child

Photo by: Steve Kohls, Brainerd Dispatch

Why MinnAqua?

Here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesotans have a unique opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy aquatic habitats. There are over 5400 game fish lakes in Minnesota and 15,000 miles of fishable streams and rivers. Fishing is a life-long activity that connects participants with their local environment and encourages stewardship of natural resources.

MinnAqua Programs

MinnAqua Education Specialists and interns partner with schools, youth groups, and community organizations to hold fishing and aquatic education programs throughout the state. Contact MinnAqua for more information about programs.

Angler and Hunter Recruitment and Retention Grants

Have a great program idea to encourage Minnesotans to get out hunting or fishing? Check out our Angler and Hunter Recruitment and Retention Grant opportunity.
Round 2 of grant applications are due Thursday, October 13, 2016. 

MinnAqua Leader's guide cover

Leader's Guide

Fishing: Get in the Habitat!

Introduce kids to fishing, address Minnesota Academic Standards, and engage kids with learning that is relevant, interdisciplinary and fun! The MinnAqua Leader's Guide Fishing: Get in the Habitat! has 39 detailed, beautifully illustrated fishing and aquatic education lessons and activities.

About the Leader's Guide »

Download full curriculum or lessons »

To request a Leader's Guide CD, please:

Contact a MinnAqua Education Specialist »

MinnAqua Program Contacts:

MinnAqua Program Coordinator, Fishing Recruitment, Retention, & Education

Jeff Ledermann 651-259-5247 | DNR Central Office 

Twin Cities Metro - Serving the 11-county metro area
Aquatic Education Specialist

Michelle Kelly

East Metro Area Fisheries Office

Twin Cities Metro - Serving the 11-county metro area
Aquatic Education Specialist


UMN Water Resources Center

Duluth - Servicing northern Minnesota
Aquatic Education Specialist


525 Lake Avenue South
Suite 415
Duluth, MN 55802

New Ulm - Servicing southern Minnesota
Aquatic Education Specialist

Deb Groebner

Region 4 DNR Headquarters