Minnesota's annual Take-A-Kid-Fishing weekend runs Friday through Sunday.
Adults can fish without a license if they're accompanying a child age 15 or younger.
The free weekend is the state's way of promoting the fishing tradition. It's hard to overestimate the importance of today's adults for the next generation of anglers, said Mike Kurre, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources mentoring coordinator. "Most people who fish do so because they received an invitation long ago," said Kurre. "That's the natural path. It's the way friends and families continue the fishing tradition."
The DNR's website includes much helpful fishing information, including the location of fishing piers. See www.startribune.com/a461. Local bait shops can also offer advice on where to take a child fishing.
The cost of an annual resident fishing license is $17 and is valid through April 30, 2012.