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Ideas and locations to take kids fishing in MN.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

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Fishing and the great outdoors offers kids an alternative to many influences they encounter in their busy lives today. The purpose of this page is to share the basics about taking kids fishing, urban fishing locations and tips to make it fun by keeping it simple. A single fishing trip could be the turning point in a young life, and we encourage you to invest the time in Minnesota kids. Take a kid ice fishing to get them outdoors in winter. The rewards are endless and it takes so little effort.

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Minnesota offers fantastic opportunities for kids to engage in fishing and develop a lifelong love for the sport. Several fish species are perfect for young anglers to target, providing enjoyable and rewarding fishing experiences. Common fish species for kids fishing in Minnesota include bluegill, sunfish, crappie, perch, and sometimes even smaller bass and walleye.

Urban areas in Minnesota provide convenient access to kid-friendly fishing locations. One popular urban fishing spot is Lake Calhoun, located in Minneapolis. This lake is stocked with various fish species, including bluegill and sunfish, making it an ideal spot for kids to cast their lines. Another urban fishing location is Lake Harriet, which offers opportunities to catch bluegill, crappie, and other panfish.

St. Paul's Como Lake is another popular destination for kids fishing. This lake provides a great environment for children to learn and practice their fishing skills. It is regularly stocked with fish such as sunfish and crappie, ensuring that young anglers have a good chance of catching something.

The Eastman Nature Center, situated within the Elm Creek Park Reserve in Dayton, offers a unique opportunity for kids to experience fishing in a natural setting. The center provides fishing equipment rentals and fishing clinics for children, teaching them the basics of angling and introducing them to various fish species found in the park's lakes.

The Three Rivers Park District, which covers several parks in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, offers designated fishing piers and shorelines where kids can safely fish. Some parks, like Cleary Lake Regional Park and Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, even have fishing docks specially designed for children, providing a safe and enjoyable fishing experience.

These urban fishing locations in Minnesota provide accessible and family-friendly environments for kids to learn and enjoy fishing. Engaging in this activity not only teaches children about nature and conservation but also helps them develop patience, discipline, and a sense of accomplishment. With the abundance of fish species and the many kid-friendly fishing spots available, Minnesota offers the perfect setting for kids to explore the joys of fishing while creating lasting memories.

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Places in Minnesota to take kids fishing

Consider these small lakes, ponds, creeks and urban fishing locations as places to take a kid fishing in the North Star State.

- Club West Pond
- Golden Lake
- Ham Lake
- Moore Lake
- Spring Lake

Eden Prarie
- Ann Lake in Carver
- Courthouse Lake
- Eagle Lake
- Firemans Pond
- Lake Auburn
- Maria Lake
- Piersons Lake
- Swede Lake

- City Hall Pond
- LeMay Lake
- Marthaler Lake
- Prairie Ponds
- Rogers Lake
- Sunset Pond
- Thompson Lake
- Wood Park Lake

- Bryant Lake
- Cedar Lake
- Hiawatha Lake Park
- Lake Calhoun
- Lake of the Isles
- Lake Rebecca
- Powderhorn Lake
- Red Rock Lake Park
- Smetana Lake Park
- Staring Lake Park
- Taft Lake
- Wolfe Lake
- Youth Fishing Pond

- Ann Lake

St Paul
- Bennett Lake
- Como Lake
- Crosby Lake
- Lake Phalen
- Marydale Park
- Hidden Falls Park

Top 3 tips for taking kids fishing in MN

1. Make sure that the goal is to have fun. Catching fish is a bonus.

2. Keep it simple. Simple tackle, techniques and locations.

3. Keep the focus on the kids. Be a hero by helping them enjoy the day.

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Youngsters with their prized catch in Minnesota

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Dana Larson of Nevis, Minnesota with her late season bass caught (and released) on Belle Taine Lake.

Big Minnesota Bass

Big bass = big smiles

Isaac Kern caught this six pound largemouth bass the morning of August 3 on Crow Wing Lake in Minnesota. The fish measured 22 inches in length. He caught his monster on a kids Shamu rod with a floating frog.

This could be your child, grandchild or any kid you took fishing. Take a picture and send it to us. We will happily post it here for them.

Kids, fishing and smiles naturally go together. Take a kid fishing and you just might change the course of their life. Then take pictures and send us one of them holding their prized catch. We will happily post it here.

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Kids fishing locations and information, by state.

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