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Minnesota moms: Join the Mother’s Day weekend fishing challenge

Moms who live in Minnesota are invited to join a free virtual fish­ing challenge Saturday, May 11, through Sunday, May 12, during Take a Mom Fishing Weekend, when all Minnesota moms can fish without purchasing a fishing li­cense.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is partnering with the Student Angler Organiza­tion and Women Anglers of Minne­sota to host the challenge.

To participate in the Mother’s Day weekend fishing challenge, moms simply need to join the Facebook group called “Minnesota Moms Fishing Challenge 2024” and post one photo of each fish they catch.

All participants who submit one or more fish photos will have their name entered in a random draw­ing for prizes provided by the Stu­dent Angler Organization and their partners, including gift cards for SCHEELS and Lund. Additionally, participants are invited to tune in for a pre-challenge virtual Fishing 101 class, hosted by Women An­glers of Minnesota in the challenge Facebook group (facebook.com/groups/967975514717550) on May 7.

Challenge details are available on the Minnesota DNR website (mndnr.gov/takemomfishing). All fish species and sizes are welcome in the challenge. Participants can snap a photo and let their fish go or keep it if it’s in season.

“This year’s event follows the successful inaugural Minnesota Moms Fishing Challenge in 2023. Last year, more than 2,400 moms joined the challenge,” said Cara Hanson, DNR marketing coordina­tor. “This year, we hope even more people will join in the fun!”

The Minnesota State Legislature established Take a Mom Fishing Weekend in 1988 to coincide with Mother’s Day. This year, the week­end also coincides with the fishing opener — seasons begin Saturday, May 11, for walleye, northern pike, bass, and trout in lakes. To cele­brate the fishing season, the Min­nesota Governor’s Fishing Opener event is taking place May 10 to May 12 in Lake City.

Fishing season dates and regulations are available on the Minnesota DNR fishing webpage (mndnr.gov/fishing). Find out how and where to fish, learn about fishing equipment, read about ways to catch different kinds of fish, and get acquainted with fishing ethics and being stewards of Minnesota’s natural resources, on the Minnesota DNR learn to fish webpage (mndnr.gov/gofishing).

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