Adult Minnesotans (18 and older) can try ice fishing without
purchasing a license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing
during Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend, Feb. 14-16.
“This is an opportunity to get outdoors and connect with
nature,” said Mike Kurre, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
(DNR) mentoring program coordinator. “You’ve got the chance to try
something new and you just might find something for the frying
Unlike summertime shore fishing, ice fishing presents some
unique challenges. Here are key tips from the DNR’s MinnAqua program,
which is designed to teach angling recreation and stewardship as
well as the ecology and conservation of aquatic habitats.
- Dressing in layers is the best way to deal with winter’s icy
chill. Layers keep you warm in even the coldest conditions by
creating pockets of warm air and helping moisture evaporate.
- Follow your mom’s advice and wear a hat. Almost 90 percent of
your heat escapes through your head.
- Plopping an ice shelter down in the middle of ice shack city on
a nearby lake doesn’t guarantee success. Noise and traffic often
spook fish, so find a private hole off by yourself. If that’s not
an option, keep to the outside ring of these “cities on ice.”
- The only rule of how to fish is that there are no rules. Be
willing to try different options. If a slow, methodical jigging
motion isn’t working, try an aggressive one – or try a
The MinnAqua program also works with the “Ice Team”, a group of
manufactures who help educate anglers by providing expert
volunteers, hands-on activities and providing equipment for
schools, events and mentoring organizations. They also provide ice
fishing tips, helpful links, basic ice safety information and fun
stuff for kids to keep them busy on the ice.
“There’s no better time to introduce somebody to the world of
ice fishing than the long holiday weekend,” Kurre said. “Help a
youngster enjoy the beauty of a Minnesota winter and make a lasting