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Only in Minnesota, where ice fishing is king, could there be a youth ice fishing league. The new American Angler League’s ice fishing season is open to kids 5 to 17 years of age who compete on school-based teams through the season on the honor system. “It’s like little league for ice fishing,” Kolt Ringer, league co-founder, told Ringer said the inspiration came to him at a tee-ball game when he looked at the bench and thought “half these kids would rather be fishing right now.”

The inaugural ice fishing season will run Jan. 1 to March 1 and culminate with a tournament on Lake Minnetonka. You can register on the AAL website, which contains a clock counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the opening day of ice fishing season.