Young anglers came out to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Saturday, May 6, to cast a line – some for the first time.
Andrew Steinhorst, of Blaine, got his first fishing pole for his fourth birthday last September. He didn’t do any ice fishing and anxiously waited for his first chance hit the water.
Fishing for the first time was “awesome,” he said. He got to experience this with his parents Brian and Tiffany and his 6-year-old brother Jacob.
Five-year-old Lily Neel, of Champlin, has experienced fishing at summer camps but got some more pointers from volunteers stationed at Cenaiko Lake, a small stocked pond within the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.
Lily’s favorite part of the day was learning about different fish species from the U.S. Coast Guard. While fishing lessons were the central part of this Anoka County-sponsored event, these young anglers learned much more including water and boat safety, fishing ethics and how to select the best gear.
This was the 29th year that Anoka County Parks and Recreation has scheduled this kids fishing clinic. Kids who attended this free clinic got fishing gear and lunch and product discounts.