Twice a year the Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers free fishing weekends to anyone interested in fishing Michigan’s Great Lakes or over 11,000 inland lakes. Fishing is also free on rivers and streams, any place in the state where people may want to fish. The summer free fishing weekend for 2015 is this Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14.
Anyone aged 17 and older wanting to fish in Michigan is required to purchase a fishing license. In an effort to encourage more people to go fishing, the DNR offers the chance for people who can’t afford a license, or who have never gone fishing before to give this great sport a try. Research shows that children don’t get the opportunity to fish as they used to in the past. The free fishing weekend is a great family opportunity.
Events are scheduled all over the state for the weekend. Some locations will hold fishing contests, and even have fishing gear available to use if you don’t have your own rod and reel. The weekend weather reports show the rain clearing out and dry weather for both Saturday and Sunday.
Other fishing regulations, such as catch limits will still apply. Take the whole family fishing this weekend, it’s fun for everyone.