DNR offers free fishing weekend

May 12, 2014

The Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that Michigan’s annual summer free fishing weekend is set for Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8. On that weekend, everyone – residents and nonresidents alike – can fish Michigan waters without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply.

Michigan has offered the free fishing weekend annually since 1986 as an easy, affordable way to showcase the state’s vast water resources. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, fishing and Michigan are a natural fit.

“We invite residents and visitors to join us for some of the finest freshwater fishing available anywhere,” said DNR Director Keith Creagh. “Fishing is an inexpensive, accessible and fun tradition. Michigan offers plenty of opportunities for anglers of all skill levels – beginner to expert – so we hope to see you on the water this June.”

To encourage involvement in the free fishing weekend, organized activities are being scheduled in communities across the state. These activities are coordinated by individuals, organizations, constituent groups, schools, local and state parks, businesses and others.

There’s still plenty of time to plan your own local free fishing weekend events or to find an activity in your community. Visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing for all things related to this weekend, including help with event planning and promotion, a registration form for official events and an evolving roster of registered activities statewide.

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