To start, anglers might not need to buy gear or a license because in most cases, Minnesotans don’t need a license to fish in Minnesota state parks and fishing kits can be checked out through a free loaner program. For locations, see www.mndnr.gov/state_parks/loaner.
Classes for kids and adults are listed on the DNR Take a Kid Fishing page at www.mndnr.gov/takeakidgfishing. They include:
- I Can Fish! Classes led by a naturalist. Discover what it takes to start fishing. Rods, reels and bait provided.
- I Can Trout Fish! Classes provide fishing gear. License requirements are waived. Learn about trout, the food they eat, and how to catch and release trout.
- Fly fishing classes introduce the fundamentals, including how to cast or cast more accurately.
Classes are scheduled from Sunday, May 25, to Saturday, Aug. 30.