Money Savers: free fishing lessons

Fishing is an activity anyone can do and, compared to many other activities, especially if you have kids, it can be very inexpensive.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers the I Can Fish program, which allows kids to fish for free. Kids also don't need a license up until they're 16 years old. The program also allows adults to fish in a state park without a fishing license as long as they're fishing from shore or on a lake that is entirely within a state park.

If you don’t think you have enough knowledge to teach your youngster how to fish, not to worry. The I Can Fish program is specifically tailored to introduce you and your child to angling.

"We've got all the gear, we bring the bait. We've got trained staff, we have great fishing piers and stocked lakes, and they can come out and fish," said Krista Jensen of the Minnesota DNR at Fort Snelling State Park, who heads up the I Can Fish program

Jensen says fishing can bring family members together no matter their skill level.

"I know with my family so many great conversations happened while we were just sitting in a boat waiting for something to bite, and it was just great memorable moments," she said.

For more information on the I Can Fish program, visit the Minnesota DNR website. You may also want to check with Three Rivers Parks District for a list of locations they recommend in its parks for fishing.

Neil Pursley reporting



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