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2012 Summer Free Fishing Weekend
Get out and fish for FREE this Saturday & Sunday!
Just a reminder that all Michigan residents and non-residents can fish without a license this Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Please note all other fishing regulations still apply.
Saturday and Sunday make up the Summer Free Fishing Weekend – an annual effort to promote Michigan’s plentiful fishing opportunities. While many individuals and families will head out to fish for free on their own, the DNR is pleased to share there are numerous organized events scheduled throughout the state to celebrate the weekend as well.
Various locations throughout Michigan will host scheduled events, including Bay City, Boyne City, Chelsea, Clare, Coldwater, Crystal Falls, Detroit, East Tawas, Escanaba, Flint, Grant, Grayling, Hale, Holly, Howell, Independence Township, Interlochen, Ionia, Iron River, L’Anse, Lake Linden, Linwood, Lupton, Marenisco, Mattawan, Metamora, Mt. Pleasant, Negaunee, Newaygo, Oakland, Okemos, Ontonagon, Osseo, Paradise, Pinckney, Ray Township, Waterford and throughout Roscommon and St. Clair counties.
If you'd like to see all of the events occurring this weekend, visit the official event chart online.
For more information about the 2012 Summer Free Fishing Weekend please visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.
Voluntary Youth Fishing License
If you take a child out fishing this weekend…how about buying them a Voluntary Youth Fishing License if they have lots of fun?
Although it is not a requirement to purchase a fishing license for youths under the age of 17, the Voluntary Youth Fishing License does great things for the DNR and for angling throughout Michigan.
For each Youth Fishing License sold in the state, the DNR receives additional funds from the federal government to support fishing programs. These funds help the department stock more fish and implement management practices that keep our bodies of water pristine and safe.
The Youth Fishing License costs only $2. First-time buyers will also need to purchase a sportsman’s card (necessary for those that don’t have an official identification card) for an additional $1. For a simple $3 investment, the DNR receives at least double that amount back to invest in the state’s fishery.
The next time you visit your local license retailer, please consider purchasing the Young Angler All Species – type 122 fishing license for a youth you know.
Just a reminder, you can purchase hunting and fishing licenses online 24-hours a day or make a campground reservation at Michigan's more than 100 state park and recreation areas at www.michigan.gov/campgroundreservations.
Where can $10 take you? The Recreation Passport is your $10 ticket to Michigan's state parks and outdoor adventures! Check "YES" when you renew your license plate. www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport