Second Annual Youth Fishing Day Set For Aug. 12 At Rydell National Wildlife Refuge

Jake Knutsen holds a largemouth bass he caught while fishing Tamarac Lake in Rydell National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge’s second annual Youth Fishing Day is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 on Tamarac Lake. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)

ERSKINE, Minn. — Rydell National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association will host their Second Annual Youth Fishing Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 12 at Rydell NWR. The free event is targeted toward anglers age 15 or younger. Anglers age 16 and older must have a valid Minnesota fishing license.

A limited amount of fishing tackle, including rods and reels, will be available, or young anglers can bring their own. Bait will be provided free of charge, and lunch will be provided for all participants.

The event also will include a fish cleaning demonstration and a casting seminar and contest. Certificates will be given to participants who catch their first fish, as well as for the biggest fish of each species and the winner of the casting contest. Other prizes will be awarded to participants, as well.

Fishing within Rydell refuge only is allowed from designated piers on Tamarac Lake. Additional fishing piers will be added for the youth fishing event. Shuttles will transport participants from the Refuge Visitor Center to Tamarac Lake and back.

Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, Aug. 8. Please call or email Gregg Knutsen, refuge manager, at (218) 687-2229 ext. 16  or contact him by email at gregg_knutsen@fws.gov; or Lisa Wiersma, administrative support, at (218) 687-2229 ext. 10 or lisa_wiersma@fws.gov

All participants should check in at the Refuge Visitor Center the day of the event. Rydell NWR is 3 miles south of U.S. Highway 2 between Mentor and Erskine, Minn., at 17788 349th St SE.