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Take a kid fishing Weekend

Taking Kids Ice Fishing

Ice Fish for Free

January 14-16, 2017

Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend: Residents fish or spear fish for free when accompanied by a child age 15 or under.

Take a Kid Ice Fishing Logo

Catch some quality family time and plan a special ice fishing weekend.

Learn about fishing basics, check regulations and find places to fish using LakeFinder at Fish Minnesota. Trout fishing is also an option for the weekend. A trout stamp is only required to fish for trout when an angling license is also required. Because people fishing with a kid don’t need a license on Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend, the stamp requirement also does not apply.


General Ice Thickness Guidelines


For new, clear ice only

2″ or less – STAY OFF
4″ – Ice fishing or other activities on foot
5″ – Snowmobile or ATV
8″ – 12″ – Car or small pickup
12″ – 15″ – Medium truck

Note: these guidelines are for new, clear solid ice.

White ice or “snow ice” is only about half as strong as new clear ice. Double the above thickness guidelines when traveling on white ice.

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Ice thickness Guidelines card

Download a printable PDF of the Ice Thickness Guidelines card »


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