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Minnesota's Take-a-Kid-Fishing weekend is June 6-8

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Here's a great reason to go fishing June 6-8: It's Take-A-Kid-Fishing weekend.

That means Minnesota residents 18 and older can fish for free during these days when they accompany an angler younger than 16.

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"Most kids would love to go fishing," said C.B. Bylander, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources outreach section chief.

"By eliminating the need for a license on these three days, we're providing an opportunity for family and friends to try the recreational sport of fishing with a youth and encouraging people to get outdoors, have fun and discover joys of fishing."

The DNR's MinnAqua program, which teaches lake and stream ecology through angling, is planning these events:

- Children's Fishing Clinic at Camden State Park near Lynd

- Fishing History Fun at William O'Brien State Park near Marine-on-St. Croix

- Fishing History Fun at Lake Bemidji near Bemidji

- Fishing History Fun at Bear Head Lake near Ely

- Take A Kid Trout Fishing at Whitewater State Park near Altura.

"The idea is to give Minnesotans an opportunity to show kids just how much fun fishing can be," said Jenifer Matthees, DNR MinnAqua program coordinator.

June 1-8 also is National Fishing and Boating Week. Check out boating information, fishing tactics, tips on equipment and safety, advice and stories from pro anglers at www.rbff.org.

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