Anyone who wants to try fishing is invited to multicultural, family fishing events happening at four locations in four days along the Mississippi River from Coon Rapids to Hastings, where people can get a chance to fish for many types of fish at close-to-home locations.
"These events are a way to get people excited about fishing, especially from communities traditionally underrepresented in our angling public," said Ray Ruiz, Department of Natural Resources fishing and hunting skills liaison. "I see a lot of people fishing the river, and if you think about it, the river connects everybody – from Coon Rapids to Hastings, they all share the same water."
The events will include fun, interactive and practical fishing methods and techniques and are geared toward anyone who doesn’t much have experience with fishing, lacks fishing equipment or wants to learn how to fish on the river’s edge. Attendees will learn how to tie fishing knots, practice casting, making baits, and fishing, with fishing gear and bait provided. People can attend one or more of the four days of events, scheduled as follows:
- Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park in Brooklyn Park, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15
- Boom Island Park in Minneapolis, 4-8 p.m. Friday Aug. 16
- Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17
- Lake Rebecca Park in Hastings, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.
The events will let people try river fishing, which can be different from lake fishing because of the moving water and the variety of fish to catch. Each location includes playgrounds, places to grill and amenities near the river. Ruiz also plans to go over fishing techniques and how to fish for different species of fish – from smallmouth bass to panfish to catfish.
"The river flows through our major metro area and it’s a tremendous resource for anyone who wants to give fishing a try," Ruiz said. "We’re bringing fishing to the people, all you have to do is show up."
The fishing events are possible through participation of the city of Hastings, city of Minneapolis, National Park Service, city of St. Paul and Three Rivers Park District.
Potential anglers who want to learn how to fish can visit the DNR website at mndnr.gov/gofishing. The page covers fishing basics, where to fish, how to catch different types of fish, fishing programs to join, and the importance of fishing ethics and being stewards of Minnesota’s natural resources.