Call the Leech Lake Chamber of Commerce for information on events, activities, and attractions near you!
Browse the Walker, MN business directory for restaurants, lodging, and stores near you.   


Discover the fun and beauty of the Leech Lake area, the best vacation destination in Minnesota. 800.833.1118
Discover the Leech Lake Area
View previous event
View next event

Summer Fishing with Kids: Family-Friendly Spots and Tips

Father fishing with his son

Fishing is a fantastic activity for families to enjoy together, creating lasting memories and teaching valuable skills. Leech Lake offers a perfect setting for family fishing adventures. Here’s a guide to help you plan a fun and successful fishing trip with your kids this summer!

Choose the Right Spot

Selecting the right fishing spot is crucial when fishing with kids. Look for locations that are safe, easily accessible, and have a good chance of catching fish. Leech Lake offers several family-friendly fishing spots, such as the docks at local resorts where kids can fish close to shore and have a higher chance of success.

Gear Up

Make sure to have the right gear for your kids. Lightweight, easy-to-use fishing rods and reels are essential. Consider using bobbers or floats to make it easier for kids to see when they get a bite. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, hats, and plenty of snacks and drinks to keep the little ones comfortable and happy.

Teach the Basics

Before you start fishing, take some time to teach your kids the basics of fishing, such as how to cast, bait a hook, and reel in a fish. Keep instructions simple and demonstrate the steps yourself. Encourage them and be patient as they learn.

Practice Catch and Release

Teach your kids about conservation by practicing catch and release. Explain the importance of preserving fish populations for future generations. You can also bring a camera to capture the moment before releasing the fish back into the water.

Make it Fun

Fishing should be a fun and enjoyable experience for kids. Keep the mood light and positive, even if the fish aren’t biting. Bring along games or activities for when the fishing slows down to keep the kids entertained.

Be Prepared for the Weather

Weather can be unpredictable in Minnesota, so be prepared for changes. Pack rain gear and extra layers in case it gets chilly. Keep an eye on the forecast and plan accordingly.

Safety First

Always prioritize safety when fishing with kids. Ensure they wear life jackets when near the water and supervise them closely at all times. Teach them about the dangers of hooks and how to handle them safely.

Fishing with kids can be a rewarding experience that fosters a love for the outdoors and creates lasting memories. Leech Lake provides the perfect opportunity for family fishing adventures, with its approximately 112,835 acres and abundant fish populations. Follow these tips to plan a fun and successful fishing trip with your kids this summer and contact the Leech Lake Chamber of Commerce with any questions you have about the area!

Newsletter Signup