BAY VIEW - Kids can again learn something about ice fishing, a long practiced tradition in the northern tier of states in which lakes and cold air are plentiful, as part of a program that includes the lagoon in Humboldt Park on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Members of local fishing clubs will teach children the basics of ice-fishing at the 26th Annual Ice-Fishing Clinics for Kids at sessions that will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at six Milwaukee County Parks lagoons.

Children age 15 and younger are invited to hands-on clinics featuring safety on the ice, use of ice-fishing equipment, fish identification, regulations, and knot tying. Some locations will offer cleaning and cooking demonstrations.

Fishing equipment will be furnished.

Parks hosting clinics are the following: Brown Deer Park, 7835 N. Green Bay Road; Dineen Park, 6901 W. Vienna Ave.; Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave.; Kosciuszko Park, 2201 S. 7th St.; McCarty Park, 8214 W. Cleveland Ave.; and Scout Lake Park, 5902 W. Loomis Road. (wheelchair accessible).

The indoor instructional component of the program will go on no matter what the weather; the ice-fishing component is dependent upon the weather and ice conditions at the park. Sessions run continuously throughout the day, with the last sessions beginning at 2 p.m.

Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Parents are reminded to dress their children in warm layers.

Pre-registration is not required for families, but groups of 20 or more are asked to contact the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The clinics are presented by the Milwaukee County Parks, the Wisconsin DNR, the Wisconsin Council of Sport Fishing Organizations, and the Hunger Task Force Fish Hatchery.

For more information, or for groups of 20 or more, call the Wisconsin DNR at (414) 303-0109.

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