Competition aims to get kids hooked on ice fishing

It's the first day of the year, and the second season for an ice fishing competition aimed at kids. Kolt Ringer started the American Angler Leagues Youth Ice Fishing Season last year.

"We felt we'd just try something… and let families do it on their own schedule," says Ringer "As you can see too when you're out here.  They're snow shoeing, they're skating, they're playing hockey… and doing other things while they are fishing.  Because it can be a little time in between bites."

The youth ice fishing season runs January 1st-February 28th. Kids 5-17 can fish from any lake at any time and using the honor system enter points online. Scoring is based on a point system and 11-year-old Ian is currently in the lead and explains his secret.

"I don't know I just fish while everyone else is doing other stuff," says Ian.

Roughly 30 kids participated in last year's season. This year Ringer expanded to include eager anglers from anywhere in the country.

"We've got Montana, we are getting as far as Wisconsin. There's a guy interested in Maine that wants to start his own youth fishing association out there too."

Ringer says the main goal is getting younger generations hooked on the sport, and at least in the small crowd on Lake Minnetonka New Year's Day, it seemed to be working.

"We've had a roller coaster of warm and cold weather. When you can have a day like this you can't beat it, especially in Minnesota. Or wherever there is ice.

If you'd like to get your young anglers involved,  it's not too late to register:

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