Organization inspires Minnesota women, kids to take up fishing

(ABC 6 News) – About 1.4 million Minnesotans are licensed anglers spending an average of 15 days a year fishing. That’s according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

With more than 1,200 members, one organization, Women Anglers of Minnesota (WAM) is inspiring women and children of all ages to join in on the fun. ABC 6 News Good Morning reporter Sydney Zatz headed to Clear Lake in Waseca to learn more about the non-profit’s impact.

Amy Munsinger, the former youth director of WAM, found the group through an ice tournament about five years ago. From there, she was hooked and is making sure everyone has a chance to learn.

“Because sometimes things like that are intimidating,” said Munsinger.

“You don’t want to try but once you try it, you’re like ‘I can do that.’ I want everyone to have fun with ice fishing and learning how to use different lures, jigs, baits, and electronics. There are so many different things that are out there. It’s just something you should go out and try.”

Speaking of learning, Sydney took some lessons out on the ice and even kissed a fish!

From catching fish to meeting new people, for Kari Brekke, the co-tournament director, it’s about spending time with her family.

“My favorite part is just being able to share it with my kids,” said Brekke.

“They can come out and if they don’t want to fish, they can hang out and eat snacks and do whatever. Just being able to see their faces light up when they catch a huge fish.”

Brekka is helping run the Ice Queen Virtual Fishing Tournament. Through the end of the month, women across the state can participate through the app FishDonkey. If you are interested in the 2023 Ice Queen Virtual Fishing Tournament, you can register here.