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 firstname.lastname@example.org