Free fishing weekend set for June 9-10

LANSING — Mark your calendar! Sen. John Proos is reminding residents that the state’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled this year for June 9-10.

“This tradition is an excellent time for Southwest Michigan families and out-of-state visitors to get together and enjoy some of the world’s best fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “It is also a wonderful chance to introduce the joy of fishing to children and relax with family and friends – free of charge.”

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

“The St. Joseph River in Berrien Springs is the ideal fishing location. Stake out a spot near the dam and you will find plenty of salmon and walleye,” said Berrien Springs Village President Milt Richter. “A dredging of the area is also in the works. Once complete, this will be an even greater spot to drop a line.”

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.

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


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