Proos: Free fishing, off-roading this weekend!

LANSING, Mich. Sen. John Proos is reminding Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors that they can enjoy a free fishing weekend this Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10.

“Michigan’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend provides an outstanding opportunity for families to introduce the joy of fishing to children or to just 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.”

Anglers can fish without a license on these two days. All fishing license fees will be waived during the weekend, although all fishing regulations still apply.

“This tradition is an excellent time for area families and out-of-state visitors to enjoy some of the world’s best fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters — free of charge,” Proos said. “The free fishing weekend is a great way to promote our state’s vast aquatic resources and to give families a great chance to pass along the joy of fishing to the next generation.”

During the weekend, the state will also waive the regular Recreation Passport entry fee for vehicle access to Michigan’s 103 state parks and recreation areas.

Saturday and Sunday also mark one of the summer’s free ORV weekends, a time off-road enthusiasts can ride designated routes and trails without an ORV license or trail permit.

“From fishing on our 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes to riding on 3,700 miles of route trails to just enjoying time with family in one of our state parks, this weekend offers great opportunities for residents to have fun in Michigan’s great outdoors,” Proos said.

For more information on the Summer Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit

For information on the free ORV weekend, riders can visit


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