ST. PAUL — Anglers of all skill levels are invited to attend a one-day workshop that will be held at four locations between Coon Rapids and Hastings. The goal is to provide a basic understanding of river fishing techniques for a variety of fish species.

“These events are a way to get people excited about fishing, especially from communities traditionally underrepresented in our angling public,” said Ray Ruiz, Department of Natural Resources fishing and hunting skills liaison. “I see a lot of people fishing the river, and if you think about it, the river connects everybody — from Coon Rapids to Hastings, they all share the same water.”

All fishing gear and bait will be provided, and attendees will learn how to tie knots, cast a rod and reel, locate fish in a river and make an effective presentation from shore. The workshop is geared toward anglers with little fishing experience, but will also benefit still-water anglers new to river fishing.

Workshop schedule:

  • Aug. 15, 4-8 p.m. — Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park in Coon Rapids

  • Aug. 16, 4-8 p.m. — Boom Island Park in Minneapolis

  • Aug. 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul

  • Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Lake Rebecca Park in Hastings

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Each venue features playgrounds, grilling areas and other amenities close to the river.

“The river flows through our major metro area and it’s a tremendous resource for anyone who wants to give fishing a try,” Ruiz said. “We’re bringing fishing to the people, all you have to do is show up.”