Minnesotans can fish without a license this weekend if they take a young angler with them.

It’s “Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend” January 15th through the 17th.

Residents can go ice fishing for free if they are fishing with a child 15 years old or younger. Minnesotans 15 years old or younger don’t need fishing licenses any time of the year.

It’s a great way to spend time together and get kids outdoors, according to D-N-R Commissioner Sarah Strommen.

“Ice fishing is a great Minnesota tradition, and this weekend is a good time to introduce young people to the sport. We hope all Minnesotans can get out and enjoy it and help the next generation of anglers.”

D-N-R Commissioner Strommen also reminds Minnesotans that ice conditions can vary widely, and that ice is never 100 percent safe, although four inches of new, clear ice is generally considered OK to walk on.

Always check local ice conditions before heading out to a lake or river.