Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend Slated for June 7-8

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Free Fishing WeekendMichigan’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend has been scheduled for June 7-8, the Department of Natural Resources announced today. For these two days only, residents and non-residents alike can fish without purchasing a fishing license, though all other regulations that govern fishing in Michigan still apply.

Michigan has offered a Free Fishing Weekend 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,” said Department of Natural Resources Director Becky Humphries. “I encourage Michigan residents and visitors to get out and discover the many rewards associated with fishing.”

“Free Fishing Weekend is an especially good time for experienced anglers to take a youngster or a friend out for that first fishing experience,” Humphries continued. “Mentoring others helps ensure Michigan’s conservation heritage will be passed along to future generations.”

A number of state parks will hold special events in conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend. For a list of events, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.