LAKE CRYSTAL, MN- For the first time, the Women Anglers of Minnesota (WAM) held a fishing clinic for boys and girls to learn the fundamentals of reeling in a fish.

Along with gaining knowledge of how to protect the lake through the Crystal Waters project, more than 25 youth received a pole and waited for a nibble.

The Lake Crystal Bass Fishing Team assisted the kids, teaching them how to cast and what to look for on the surface.

The Women Anglers of Minnesota donates 300 rods each year to organizations across the state, in an effort to get women and children into the outdoor activity, which influenced one local member to host this event.

WAM member and Lake Crystal resident Sara Spiering says "Because of Women Anglers of Minnesota, I was asked if I knew how these rods could be used. It just came to my mind, why don't I do something in Lake Crystal."

At the end of the day, all of the kids got to take home their rods along with a free starter tackle kit.

Spiering adds that they do plan to host this clinic again next summer.

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- KEYC News 12