LANSING — Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, is reminding residents to take advantage of the annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10.
According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, both residents and non-residents alike can fish without a license that particular weekend, though all other fishing regulations still apply.
“This is a great opportunity to take advantage of all the great fishing available in Michigan for free,” Hansen said. “I encourage every resident of the 34th Senate District to get outside the weekend of June 9 and 10 and enjoy fishing.”
Since 1986, Michigan has annually celebrated the Summer Free Fishing Weekend as a way to promote awareness of the state’s vast aquatic resources and the sheer fun of fishing. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan and fishing go hand in hand.
“This summer’s Free Fishing Weekend is a great way to get outdoors and experience some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world,” said DNR Director Rodney Stokes. “Fishing is such an affordable activity – anyone can pursue it – 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 organizations, including constituent groups, schools, local and state parks, businesses and others.
There’s still plenty of time for communities to plan their own Free Fishing Weekend events, or to find an activity occurring nearby. Visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing for all things related to this unique weekend, including help on event planning and promotion, a registration form for official events, and a chart identifying activity locations.
The DNR 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.