Kids spend the day learning to ice fish

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) – Kids are casting lines in hopes for a big catch.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Friends of the Refuge hosted a free ice fishing event for kids on Saturday.

Kids ages 6 to 13 and their families took part in the fun.

Equipment was provided for those who don’t have their own.

Plus, experienced anglers volunteered to show kids tricks of the trade.

When the chill settled in, the warming tent was the perfect place for snacks and activities.

One organizer says this gives kids a sense of adventure.

“We want them to have a really good first experience. They don’t have to catch a fish to have a good experience. But a really good first experience so that they’ll be hooked on this. And if not fishing, at least something outside,” said Mary Stefanski, Winona District Manager, National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

More than 40 kids joined in on this event.