This weekend, those who are 16-years-old and older can fish for free this weekend if they take a child under the age of 16 with them.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Take A Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is from January 16th through the 18th and is a program that is intended as an opportunity for families to gauge interest in fishing.

"Ice fishing is lots of fun and is another way to enjoy the outdoors,” said Benji Kohn, volunteer mentor program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “If you’re looking to start ice fishing, check out our helpful information online.”

Fishing is a great way to spend time with family outside, and this weekend is a great opportunity to take up a new hobby. For those interested in learning more, they can learn more on ice fishing in Minnesota here.

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The Minnesota DNR's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program is present an ice fishing webinar from Noon to 1 pm Thursday, Jan 14th.

"During the webinar, pro angler Mandy Uhrich will teach the basics of ice fishing and demonstrate the equipment and techniques used for this winter tradition."

 

The webinar is free, open to the public, and registration is required, which you can find here. 

Ice Fishing conditions can vary and the Minnesota DNR says there is no such things as 100 percent safe ice. Those interested in ice fishing are recommended to check out local ice conditions before heading out to a lake or river.

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