MinnAqua logoFishing with children is fun, rewarding and builds lasting memories. MinnAqua staff have put together a few tips and assembled several resources to assist you on a weekend expedition with an enthusiastic young angler.


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June 6-8, 2014

Fish for free during Take-A-Kid Fishing Weekend: 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 throughout Minnesota.

Catch some quality, family time and plan a special fishing day or weekend. There are a variety of organized fishing opportunities throughout the state during Take a Kid Fishing Weekend.


Events

05/23/14

 

Fishy Flyers Game Show

05/25/14

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

I Can Trout Fish!

05/25/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

05/25/14

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Harvesting Aged Shellfish

05/30/14

Fort Snelling State Park

I Can Fish! Fishing Friday

05/31/14

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Harvesting Aged Shellfish

06/01/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

06/01/14

Fort Snelling State Park

Here Fishy Fishy

06/06/14

Fort Snelling State Park

I Can Fish! Fishing Friday

06/06/14

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

I Can Fish!

06/06/14

Itasca State Park

I Can Fish! Kid's Fishing Fridays

06/07/14

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

I Can Trout Fish!

06/07/14

William O'Brien State Park

Fly Fishing Workshop

06/07/14

Carley State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

06/07/14

Interstate State Park

I Can Fish!

06/07/14

Carley State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

06/07/14

Glendalough State Park

Fly Fishing Clinic

06/08/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

06/08/14

Father Hennepin State Park

I Can Fish!

06/12/14

Bear Head Lake State Park

Fishing for Fun!

06/13/14 - 08/30/14

Lake Bemidji State Park

Kids Fishing Fridays

06/13/14

Fort Snelling State Park

I Can Fish! Fishing Friday

06/13/14

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

I Can Fish!

06/13/14 - 08/29/14

Lake Carlos State Park

Fishing Frenzy Fridays

06/13/14

Itasca State Park

I Can Fish! Kid's Fishing Fridays

06/14/14

Lake Bronson State Park

Fish Painting

06/14/14

Afton State Park

Women's Fly Fishing

06/14/14

Afton State Park

Fly Fishing for Beginners

06/14/14

St. Croix State Park

Fishy Flyers

06/14/14

Camden State Park

National Get Outdoors Day/Fly Fishing Workshops

06/15/14

Jay Cooke State Park

I Can Fish - CANCELLED

06/15/14

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

I Can Trout Fish!

06/15/14

Father Hennepin State Park

I Can Fish!

06/15/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

06/19/14

Jay Cooke State Park

Nature Play - Up Close with Fish

06/20/14

Fort Snelling State Park

I Can Fish! Fishing Friday CANCELLED

06/20/14 - 08/29/14

Jay Cooke State Park

I Can Fish - Shoreline Fridays

06/20/14

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

I Can Fish!

06/20/14

St. Croix State Park

Q&A with DNR Fisheries

06/20/14

Jay Cooke State Park

I Can Fish - Shoreline Fridays CANCELLED

06/20/14

Bear Head Lake State Park

Fish Prints to SCALE!

06/20/14

Bear Head Lake State Park

Fishing for FUN!

06/20/14

Itasca State Park

I Can Fish! Kid's Fishing Fridays

06/20/14

Itasca State Park

Five Facts in Five Minutes: Fish

06/20/14

Itasca State Park

Fisher, Otter, Mink and More, Campfire

06/21/14

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

I Can Trout Fish!

06/21/14

Lake Bemidji State Park

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Fly-Fishing Workshop

06/22/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

06/22/14

St. Croix State Park

I Can Fish!

06/22/14

Fort Snelling State Park

Here Fishy, Fishy..CANCELLED

06/26/14

Bear Head Lake State Park

Fishing for FUN!

06/26/14

Lake Carlos State Park

Fishes of Minnesota- Junior Naturalist Program

06/26/14

Lake Carlos State Park

Fishes of Minnesota- Junior Naturalist Program

06/27/14

Fort Snelling State Park

I Can Fish! Fishing Friday..CANCELLED

06/27/14

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

I Can Fish!

06/27/14

Jay Cooke State Park

I Can Fish - Shoreline Fridays CANCELLED

06/27/14

Itasca State Park

I Can Fish! Kid's Fishing Fridays

06/28/14

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

I Can Trout Fish!

06/29/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

06/29/14

William O'Brien State Park

Gyotaku Fish printing

07/04/14

Fort Snelling State Park

I Can Fish! Fishing Friday-CANCELLED

07/04/14

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

I Can Fish!

07/04/14

Jay Cooke State Park

I Can Fish - Shoreline Fridays UPDATE 7/3

07/04/14

Itasca State Park

I Can Fish! Kid's Fishing Fridays

07/05/14

Father Hennepin State Park

I Can Fish!

07/05/14

Carley State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

07/05/14

Interstate State Park

I Can Fish! - CANCELLED

07/05/14

St. Croix State Park

Fish Cleaning and Fishing Basics

07/05/14

Lake Shetek State Park

Minnaqua: Let's Go Fishing

07/05/14

Lake Carlos State Park

Fabulous Fish of Lake Carlos-Evening Campfire Program

07/06/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

07/09/14

Bear Head Lake State Park

Marten and Fisher of Minnesota

07/11/14

Fort Snelling State Park

CANCELLED - I Can Fish! Fishing Friday

07/11/14

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

I Can Fish!

07/11/14

Jay Cooke State Park

I Can Fish - Shoreline Fridays

07/11/14

Itasca State Park

I Can Fish! Kid's Fishing Fridays

07/12/14

Itasca State Park

Outdoor Kids-- Fish Painting

07/12/14

Bear Head Lake State Park

Fishing for FUN!

07/12/14

Lake Carlos State Park

Fish Printing- Junior Naturalist Program

07/13/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

07/13/14

Father Hennepin State Park

I Can Fish!

07/16/14

Itasca State Park

Five Facts in Five Minutes: Fish

07/18/14

Fort Snelling State Park

I Can Fish! Fishing Friday

07/18/14

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

I Can Fish!

07/18/14

Jay Cooke State Park

I Can Fish - Shoreline Fridays

07/18/14

Bear Head Lake State Park

Fish Prints to Scale

07/18/14

Bear Head Lake State Park

Fishing for FUN!

07/18/14

Itasca State Park

I Can Fish! Kid's Fishing Fridays

07/18/14

Sibley State Park

Fish Printing For Kids

07/20/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

07/21/14

Sibley State Park

Kids! I Can Fish!

07/24/14

Lake Carlos State Park

Fish Printing- Junior Naturalist Program

07/25/14

Fort Snelling State Park

I Can Fish! Fishing Friday

07/25/14

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

I Can Fish!

07/25/14

Jay Cooke State Park

I Can Fish - Shoreline Fridays

07/25/14

Itasca State Park

I Can Fish! Kid's Fishing Fridays

07/26/14

Lake Bronson State Park

Fish Painting

07/26/14

Itasca State Park

Outdoor Kids-- Fish Painting

07/26/14

Interstate State Park

Fun and Fish Trivia: Sidewalk Stop

07/27/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

07/28/14

Sibley State Park

Kids! I Can Fish!

07/28/14

Sibley State Park

Fish Printing For Kids

07/30/14

Bear Head Lake State Park

Fish Prints to SCALE!

07/30/14

Bear Head Lake State Park

Fishing for FUN!

08/01/14

Fort Snelling State Park

I Can Fish! Fishing Friday

08/01/14

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

I Can Fish!

08/01/14

Jay Cooke State Park

I Can Fish - Shoreline Fridays

08/01/14

Itasca State Park

I Can Fish! Kid's Fishing Fridays

08/02/14

Carley State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

08/02/14

Fort Snelling State Park

Fish Trapping

08/03/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

08/03/14

St. Croix State Park

Fish Printing

08/03/14

Father Hennepin State Park

I Can Fish!

08/03/14

William O'Brien State Park

Party at the Picnic Table! Fashion a Fish!

08/07/14

Bear Head Lake State Park

Fishing for FUN!

08/08/14

Fort Snelling State Park

I Can Fish! Fishing Friday

08/08/14

Jay Cooke State Park

I Can Fish - Shoreline Fridays

08/08/14

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

I Can Fish!

08/08/14

Itasca State Park

I Can Fish! Kid's Fishing Fridays

08/09/14

Flandrau State Park

What lives in the river: Fish

08/09/14

Fort Snelling State Park

Women's Fishing 101

08/09/14

Father Hennepin State Park

I Can Fish!

08/09/14

William O'Brien State Park

Kids Fishing Clinic

08/10/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

08/10/14

Wild River State Park

Fishing at the Sandbar

08/11/14

Sibley State Park

Kids- I CAN FISH!

08/13/14

Bear Head Lake State Park

Fish Prints to SCALE!

08/14/14

William O'Brien State Park

Flashy Fish Catchers- Nature Cart

08/15/14

Fort Snelling State Park

I Can Fish! Fishing Friday

08/15/14

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

I Can Fish!

08/15/14

Jay Cooke State Park

I Can Fish - Shoreline Fridays

08/15/14

Interstate State Park

Fun and Fish Trivia: Sidewalk Stop

08/15/14

Interstate State Park

I Can Fish!

08/15/14

Itasca State Park

I Can Fish! Kid's Fishing Fridays

08/16/14

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Harvesting Aged Shellfish

08/17/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

08/18/14

Itasca State Park

Pack-a-Snack Story Hike: Wishing I Was Fishing by Eva Wells

08/18/14

Sibley State Park

Kids! I Can Fish

08/18/14

Sibley State Park

Fish Printing For Kids

08/19/14

William O'Brien State Park

Fashion a Fish

08/20/14

Itasca State Park

Fisher, Mink and More, Campfire

08/21/14

DNR Fish Pond

DNR Fish Pond talks

08/22/14

Fort Snelling State Park

I Can Fish! Fishing Friday

08/22/14

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

I Can Fish!

08/22/14

Jay Cooke State Park

I Can Fish - Shoreline Fridays

08/22/14

DNR Fish Pond

DNR Fish Pond talks

08/22/14

Itasca State Park

I Can Fish! Kid's Fishing Fridays

08/23/14

DNR Fish Pond

DNR Fish Pond talks

08/24/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

08/24/14

DNR Fish Pond

DNR Fish Pond talks

08/25/14

DNR Fish Pond

DNR Fish Pond talks

08/25/14

DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage

Junior Bass Fishing Clubs

08/25/14

DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage

Bass Fishing Tournaments

08/25/14

Sibley State Park

Fish Printing For Kids

08/25/14

Sibley State Park

Kids- I Can Fish!

08/26/14

DNR Fish Pond

DNR Fish Pond talks

08/27/14

DNR Fish Pond

DNR Fish Pond talks

08/27/14

Bear Head Lake State Park

Fish Prints to SCALE!

08/27/14

Bear Head Lake State Park

Fishing for FUN!

08/28/14

DNR Fish Pond

DNR Fish Pond talks

08/28/14

Lake Carlos State Park

Fish Printing- Junior Naturalist Program

08/29/14

Fort Snelling State Park

I Can Fish! Fishing Friday

08/29/14

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

I Can Fish!

08/29/14

Jay Cooke State Park

I Can Fish - Shoreline Fridays

08/29/14

DNR Fish Pond

DNR Fish Pond talks

08/29/14

Interstate State Park

I Can Fish!

08/29/14

Tettegouche State Park

River Life - Starring the Crayfish

08/29/14

Itasca State Park

I Can Fish! Kid's Fishing Fridays

08/29/14

Lake Carlos State Park

Fishing Frenzy Fridays

08/30/14

Big Bog State Park

Historic Fish Hatchery Tour

08/30/14

DNR Fish Pond

DNR Fish Pond talks

08/30/14

Fort Snelling State Park

Pop Can Fishing

08/30/14

Afton State Park

Nature Cart - Fish of Minnesota

08/31/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

08/31/14

DNR Fish Pond

DNR Fish Pond talks

08/31/14

Interstate State Park

Fun and Fish Trivia: Sidewalk Stop

09/01/14

DNR Fish Pond

DNR Fish Pond talks

09/01/14

Sibley State Park

Kids- I Can Fish

09/01/14

Sibley State Park

Fish Printing For Kids

Find more events.

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Where to go

Lake Finder » (Data for more than 4,500 lakes and rivers throughout Minnesota)
Fishing Piers » (This PDF file will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. 2 pages | 1.6 MB: Statewide map to find a nearby fishing pier)
Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN:) » (A Twin Cities metro fishing program)
Minnesota State Parks » (Some of our favorite parks for awesome fishing opportunities)

Know The Rules

Set a good example, know the fishing rules and regulations before you start:

Minnesota Fishing Regulations »

Lesson 4:1 - Fishing Regulations and Sportsmanship » This PDF file will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. 

(24 pages | 1.6 MB): There is an outdoor ethic, and there's no one better than you to teach kids the right thing to do.

Know The Fish

How can you catch a bluegill if you don't know what one looks like, where it lives, what it likes to do and what it eats?

Fishes of Minnesota »

Information and insight about the fish of Minnesota

Lesson 2:5 - Diving Into Diversity This PDF file will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. 

(23 pages | 2.4 MB): There's more than fish under the water. Learn about the aquatic ecosystems and the importance of clean water to the well-being of everyone and everything.

On-Your-Own Activities

Kids carrying their fishing gear in the sunset

Don't just fish. Take some time to plan, prepare and learn.

 

Slide show of photos from various I Can Fish! fishing workshops. This slideshow requires the latest version of
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More Videos

little girl
What kids say about fishing

 

Kids standing on the pier
Fish tales at Lost Lake