Free Fishing Weekend June 12-13|
State recreation officials today announced Michigan’s annual summer Free Fishing Weekend, June 12-13. For these two days, residents and non-residents can fish without purchasing a fishing license, though all other fishing regulations still apply.
Michigan has offered Free Fishing Weekends since 1986 as a way to promote the state’s diverse natural resources. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 11,037 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, Michigan’s freshwater angling opportunities are among the best in the nation.
“Fishing is a great way to connect with nature, whether you enjoy the solitude of a wooded stream or a day on a lake or pier with friends and family,” said Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. “I encourage all Michigan residents to get out and experience the beauty and bounty Michigan has to offer.”
The Department of Natural Resources and a host of federal, state and local partners offer educational “Free Fishing” events throughout the state. Most are designed for families and children.
“Avid anglers tend to have a stronger understanding of our aquatic resources and ecosystems,” said DNR Director Becky Humphries. “Many seasoned anglers view Free Fishing Weekend as a time to introduce friends or young people to fishing. Mentoring others helps ensure Michigan’s conservation heritage is passed along to future generations.”
A complete list of Free Fishing Weekend events is available on the DNR web site, www.michigan.gov/dnr.