Kids get pointers on fishing and much more

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

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.

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Lillian Lemma, 10, of Champlin, poses for a photo before she casts out her fishing line. Photos by Eric Hagen Andrew Steinhorst, of Blaine, gives his sons Andrew, 4, and Jacob, 6, some pointers while fishing on Cenaiko Lake in the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. This was Andrew’s first time fishing. Axavier Momo, 8, of Coon Rapids, had a great time fishing on a beautiful day last Saturday, May 6. Anoka County Parks and Recreation hosted its 29th annual Kids Fishing Clinic at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. Chuck Cotch (also pictured) was one of the volunteer instructors. Coon Rapids resident Tim Swallow and his 3-year-old daughter Bri go fishing in Cenaiko Lake during the May 6 Kids Fishing Clinic at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. Lily Neel, 5, of Champlin, looks with Jon Fredlund for the next best spot to cast her line. Boat and water safety tips from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office was also part of the Kids Fishing Clinic.
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Axavier Momo, 8, of Coon Rapids, had a great time fishing on a beautiful day last Saturday, May 6. Anoka County Parks and Recreation hosted its 29th annual Kids Fishing Clinic at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. Chuck Cotch (also pictured) was one of the volunteer instructors.