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'Take a Kid Fishing' this weekend

Esko residents Reid Moerke and his mother, Chelsey Moerke, find shelter from the wind behind a snow wall during the annual Big Jig fishing contest on Island Lake in February 2016. File / Steve Kuchera /

Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is Saturday, Jan. 13, through Monday, Jan. 15.

During the weekend, Minnesota residents age 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing or spearing.

"Ice fishing is a fun way to get outdoors in the winter," said Jeff Ledermann, angler recruitment and retention supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "This weekend is a way to encourage anglers to get out and take a kid fishing."

Before heading out, anglers or spearers should check ice conditions locally. Visit for ice thickness guidelines and more information about taking kids fishing.