Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is this Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21.

During the weekend, Minnesota residents aged 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing or spearing.

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"This weekend is a way to encourage anglers to take a kid fishing," said Jeff Ledermann, education and skills team supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "Ice fishing is a great way to get outdoors in winter."

Before heading out, anglers or spearers should check ice conditions locally. For more information on ice conditions and safety, visit https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html. Remember, ice is never 100 percent safe.

For more information on Take A Kid Ice Fishing, visit https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/minnaqua/icefishing/index.html.