Free fishing weekend set for June 8-9

LANSING—Free fishing this weekend! Sen. John Proos is reminding residents that the state’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is this Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9.

“Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend provides a great opportunity for families to introduce the joy of fishing to children or for anglers to get away from the stress of life and relax in the Michigan outdoors,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage Southwest Michigan anglers — and those who have never gone fishing — to take advantage of this annual celebration of one of Michigan’s premier outdoor activities this weekend — free of charge.”

During the weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived, but all fishing regulations still apply.

“This tradition is an excellent time for Michigan families and out-of-state visitors to enjoy some of the world’s best fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters,” Proos said. “For nearly three decades, the state’s Summer Free Fishing weekends have been highlighting our wonderful water resources and helping families pass down the love of fishing to the next generation of anglers.”

Proos noted that Michigan has more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes for fishing enthusiasts to visit this weekend.

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.

For more information on Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.