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Peers to Piers fishing

Learning about the fish themselves is something taught during the program. Submitted Photo1 / 3
Learning how to fish is the key component of the Peers to Piers program. Submitted Photo2 / 3
The Peers to Piers program is designed to get families excited about fishing, by first teaching them how to fish. Submitted Photo3 / 3

Learn how to fish Tuesdays on Little Detroit Lake with the DNR's Peers to Piers family fishing program.

The goal is to get families excited about fishing, said Nadine Meyer, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources aquatic education specialist with the MinnAqua program.

Peers to Piers is a weekly fishing education program that will run every Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. until Aug. 21.

All equipment is provided, and a fishing license is not required.

The program is free, and attendants may show up at any time during the sessions.

Each session, lead by Detroit Lakes MinnAqua intern Maria Funk, includes an informational portion on topics such as aquatic invertebrates, plant identification, fishing regulations, fishing knots and other fishing aquatic habitat or fisheries management subjects.

The program is open to everyone, Meyer said. Although it's advertised as a family activity, individuals or groups of friends can learn from the program as well.

"Whatever your family unit is, you are welcome," Meyer said.

This is Peers to Piers' first year in Detroit Lakes. The program was started four years ago in Dakota County, Minn., and the DNR wanted the program to continue growing.

"When we started it in Dakota County, it really grew over the summer," Meyer said.

She said they hope that families continue to enjoy fishing after they are done with the program.

Funk said fishing is a good hobby for people who live in the area, and it can become a life-long hobby.

The Detroit Lakes program is what Meyer called a "collaborative community program," meaning many community groups helped the DNR sponsor and organize the program.

"It's really wonderful that it's a community supported event," Meyer said.

These groups include Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, F-M Muskies Inc., City of Detroit Lakes, Let's Go Fishing, Boys and Girls Club, Detroit Lakes Community Education, KDLM Radio, Becker Co. 4-H program, MN DNR Detroit Lakes Area Fisheries, Detroit Lakes Visitors and Convention Bureau and F-M Walleyes Inc.

For more information on Peers to Piers, visit, call 846-8390 or email