(Minnesota) Adult Minnesotans (18 and older) can try ice fishing without purchasing a license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing during statewide Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend, Feb. 14-16.
In conjunction with the event, Lake Bronson State Park will host a free ice fishing clinic beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.
The 3.5-hour clinic is open to adults and children, who must register in pairs (i.e., mother/daughter, father/son, grandparent/grandchild, mentor/child, etc.) by Feb. 9.
The clinic is designed for anyone new to ice fishing - those who don’t know what is needed or are unsure how to start. Registrants will meet inside the park visitor’s center for a structured, but informal, learning and activity session. Everyone will have a chance to make his or her own jiggle stick, which they can take ice fishing.
After the indoor clinic, everyone will head outdoors to put his or her new skills to the test on Lake Bronson. Participants should bring warm clothing and dress for the weather.
Volunteer mentors are still being recruited for the on-ice portion of the event. Anyone interested in mentoring or providing equipment such as rods and reels, portable ice houses, electronics, etc., should contact the park.
A state park vehicle permit is required to enter the park and is available for $5.
To register, volunteer, or request more information, call the park office at 218-754-2200.