We all love something free. This weekend in Minnesota (January 15-17) adults can ice fish for free when they take a kid 15 years old or younger with them. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hosts this event every year as a way to introduce kids to the sport and offer a great reason to spend time outdoors.

Minnesotans age 15 or younger never need a license to fish at any time of year.

DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen says, "Ice fishing is a great Minnesota tradition, and this weekend is a good time to introduce young people to the sports. We hope all Minnesotans can get out and enjoy it and help the next generation of anglers."

Benji Kohn, mentor program coordinator with the DNR adds in a news release, "Ice fishing is lots of fun for kids and adults alike. There's nothing quite like making your way onto a frozen lake, drilling a hole through the ice and catching fish. If you're interested in giving ice fishing a try, learning the basics is really doable. We have helpful information on our website to get your started."

Visit the DNR's learn to ice fish page for great advice and pointers.

The DNR cautions, "Ice conditions vary and there is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice. Always check local conditions before heading out to a lake or river." Find out more on the DNR's ice safety page.

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