Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - With summer break just around the corner for Northland schools, the Minnesota DNR says this weekend is the perfect time to take a kid fishing in the land of 10,000 lakes.
That's because this weekend is Take a Kid Fishing weekend throughout the state.
During this three–day period, Minnesotans age 16 or older don't need a fishing license while taking a child age 15 or younger fishing.
Russ Fransisco, owner of Marine General in Duluth, says the best way to get a child interested in fishing is hook 'em when they're young.
"They did a study years ago: if you can take a kid fishing, and get them interested in fishing before the age of 12, it will become something they do all their life; after 12—maybe, maybe not," laughed Francisco.
Wisconsin is also hosting a weekend filled with free activities for all those interested.
Along with free fishing this weekend, Wisconsin's state parks, forests, and trails are free for people to access.
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