Since 1986, Michigan has hosted an annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend as a way to promote awareness of the state's vast water resources and offerings. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. On that weekend, everyone – residents and non-residents alike – can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply
With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes, fishing and Michigan go hand-in-hand.
"This summer's Free Fishing Weekend is a great way to get outdoors and experience some of the best freshwater fishing in the world," says Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh. "There's an opportunity for everyone to get involved, as it's an inexpensive activity and readily accessible – so get out this June and try it yourself, for free!"
To encourage involvement in Free Fishing Weekends, organized activities are being scheduled in communities across the state. These activities are coordinated by a variety of 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 event, or to find an activity occurring 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 a chart identifying activities in areas throughout the state.