Every year, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources hosts a free fishing weekend across the state to encourage everyone to get outside.
This summer’s free fishing weekend is now officially scheduled for Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12. Residents and nonresidents will be able to partake in casting a line without obtaining a license. It’s not a free-for-all, however, as normal regulations still apply.
2016 is a landmark year for Summer Free Fishing as Michigan celebrates 30 years of the program, according to a press release. As Michigan holds over 3,000 miles of shoreline along the Great Lakes and an additional 11,000 miles of shoreline for inland lakes, it’s a state where many different species are available.
As DNR Director Bill Moritz said, “Every year, since 1986, we’ve offered these free fishing weekends as a fun, affordable way for people to learn about one of our state’s best outdoor traditions – and the many places to enjoy it.”
So if you’re looking for a few things to do on your upcoming Michigan vacation, consider planning it around this great weekend to head out on the water. There are so many boat rentals near each lake that it’s almost impossible to throw a rock and not hit one.