The Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that this summer’s Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for June 11-12. On that Saturday and Sunday, everyone – residents and non-residents alike – can enjoy fishing in Michigan without a fishing license. All other fishing regulations apply.
Michigan has celebrated Free Fishing Weekend every year since 1986 to promote awareness of the state’s natural resources. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, fishing and Michigan go hand in hand.
“Fishing is a great way for folks to connect with Michigan’s wonderful natural resources,” DNR Director Rodney Stokes said. “It’s an affordable activity that provides a sense of excitement and adventure, while providing an opportunity for all generations of families to connect in a common pastime. Free Fishing Weekend is the perfect time to take your child – or your grandparent – fishing.”
Numerous Free Fishing Weekend activities are scheduled at state parks and fish hatcheries, while sporting clubs and conservation groups stage events as well. Free Fishing Weekend offers novices the opportunity to learn about the joys of angling from experienced anglers.
For a list of Free Fishing Weekend activities across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.
June 3, 2011
Contacts: Lynne Thoma, 517-373-1280 or Mary Dettloff, 517-335-3014