Fishing tips, water safety cast during Kids Fishing Clinic

Kneeling in the grass to watch walleye swimming in a tank of fresh water, children got up close and personal with Minnesota’s native fish.

Other kids scowled at Asian carp captured in jars as a U.S. Coast Guard commander explained the dangers of that invasive species.

And down on the shore of Lake Cenainko, kids cast lines toward Hula Hoops floating in the water.

Dozens of kids and their families took part in the annual Kids Fishing Clinic, hosted by Anoka County Parks and Recreation staff and supported by the Coon Rapids Lions, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and Coon Rapids Police Department.

The free May 2 event for children age 5 and older (and their parents and grandparents, too, of course) gave kids a chance to learn about lure selection, casting, fishing ethics, knot tying, boat and water safety, CPR, and more.

Children also received a kit of fishing equipment, product discounts, and accessories during the morning event.

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]

Ryleigh and Hayden Poist and their mother look at a collection of invasive species as U.S. Coast Guardsman Jeff Carlson explains the harm done to the environment. Photos by Sue Austreng Sisters Ella and Joey Xu get a close look at a pair of crappie and a walleye swimming in a tank of fresh water during the May 2 Kids Fishing Clinic at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. Using a plastic dummy, Coon Rapids policeman Bryan Platz helps Yosan Asbu practice CPR during the May 2 Kids Fishing Clinic. Anoka County Sheriff Patrolman Vern Waldner tells kids the importance of wearing a life vest when on or near the water. Bennett Carlson casts a line toward a floating Hula Hoop after getting some spin casting tips during the Kids Fishing Clinic. Coon Rapids Kiwanis member Lou Peterson demonstrates the proper way to tie a Palomar knot. Ayden Varde concentrates on tying the perfect Palomar knot while dad, Isaac Varde, looks on.
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Ryleigh and Hayden Poist and their mother look at a collection of invasive species as U.S. Coast Guardsman Jeff Carlson explains the harm done to the environment. Photos by Sue Austreng