Michigan’s ‘Free Fishing Weekend’ kicks off this Saturday

Jun. 12-13: Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy the outdoors and fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters -- free of charge.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 7:30 PM EDT
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MICHIGAN (WLUC) - Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is holding its summertime ‘Free Fishing Weekend’ this weekend Jun. 12-13 -- the two-day event happens twice a year during the winter and summer seasons.

It’s an opportunity for Michiganders and out-of-state visitors to enjoy the outdoors and fish -- free of charge.

Fishing license fees are waived this weekend, and a recreation passport will not be required to enter state parks or boating access sites during this time.

But that’s not all.

You can ride off-road trails without buying an ORV license or trail permit.

“(It’s an opportunity for) people that may want to get out and try fishing, who haven’t done it before. You may be able to invite folks that are here visiting from out of the area, out of state maybe -- they don’t need a fishing license. It’s a good time to go out and fish and take somebody with you,” said DNR Deputy Public Information Officer John Pepin.

Fishing and ORV rules still apply, which you can find by clicking on the links below:

DNR Fishing Guide

2021 Free ORV Weekends and Rules

The Michigan DNR also provides an interactive map to locate “Family Friendly” fishing areas in the state known for easy access and a higher probability of catching fish HERE.

Also available to children this weekend is a 4-H Youth Virtual Fishing Derby to compete for prizes HERE.

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