Minnesota is making it easier than ever to go fishing this summer.
Most state parks have made it free to fish from shore, so those without a license or a trout stamp can still cast a line. Limits still apply on the size and number of fish that anglers can keep.
Many state parks are also lending out free fishing kits, including a rod and tackle, on a first-come, first-served basis.
“We’ve eliminated some of the barriers that were keeping today’s busy families from getting out fishing,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and trails, in a Monday press release.
Beginners or those who need to brush up on their fishing skills can sign up for the I Can Fish! program to learn the basics of casting and knot-tying.
A map of free fishing locations is available online.