Urban Ice Anglers return to Lake Harriet

One-hundred children of military families are gathering on Lake Harriet today for lessons in ice fishing.

“We hope to offer up a family bonding event for a veteran with their kid, where they can re-connect, especially if they have recently been separated due to military service,” organizer Karl Erickson said in an email.

Optional donations go to the groups Wounded Warriors Guide Service and Outdoors With Heroes, which will also provide equipment and personnel on the ice.

“These groups help veterans and disabled veterans get out hunting and fishing,” said Erickson, who started ice fishing after returning home from Iraq in 2007.

Although the Lake Harriet Kite Festival was canceled earlier this month, Erickson is now seeing ice at least 10 inches thick.

Erickson also organized ice fishing lessons last winter for students at Lake Harriet Community School. 

“Last year we got skunked on fish, so I am hoping for a better showing in year two,” he said.

For more information, visit urbaniceanglers.org.