Doug Smith

Even if the fish aren’t biting, the ducks aren’t flying and the pheasants aren’t flushing, Doug Smith says any day spent outdoors is a good day. A Minnesota native, he’s been covering the outdoors for the Star Tribune since 1995. He considers walleyes fried over a campfire to be gourmet cuisine.

Field report: Take a kid fishing this weekend

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: June 7, 2011 - 5:42 PM
If you’re looking for an excuse to go fishing, not having a license isn’t one of them this weekend.
Adults can fish in Minnesota without a license Friday through Sunday while accompanying a child age 15 or younger. It’s the annual Take-A-Kid Fishing Weekend, which aims to help keep the state’s fishing tradition strong by encouraging adults and kids to share an angling experience on or along the state’s thousands of lakes, rivers and streams.
“Many kids would love to go fishing – they just need to be asked,” said Mike Kurre, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources mentoring coordinator. “For adults, this is the one time of year when they can do just that without having to have a fishing license.’’
If you’re a kid, it’s hard to get hooked on fishing if no one will take you. And you don’t have to go far. Check out the DNR’s Fishing in the Neighborhood program, which offers 65 ponds and small lakes for fishing. See www.startribune.com/a465.
 
 Bugs R Bad
Conservation officer Darin Fagerman of Grand Marais reports a bumper crop of mosquitoes and black flies.  “Some of the fiercest seen in recent years,’’ he said.  “People took refuge in campers and out in the gusting winds on lakes.  Many campers headed for home early Sunday morning because the fun meter was not very high due to the bugs.’’
 
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