Schmidt reminds residents of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt on Wednesday reminded residents of the upcoming opportunity to enjoy fishing Michigan’s vast waterways at no cost.

“As Michiganders, we are never too far from a body of water. Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula are home to numerous world-class fishing opportunities,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “We have numerous inland lakes and ponds, endless miles of rivers and streams, and of course, three of the five Great Lakes.”

The state of Michigan hosts two free fishing weekends every year — one in the winter and one in the summer. This summer, residents will have an opportunity to enjoy the many spectacular fishing opportunities Michigan has to offer on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.

During these two days, residents and nonresidents alike can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply. Entry fees for state public boating access sites, state parks and recreation areas are also waived during this time.

Since 1986, Michigan has celebrated the free weekend as a way to promote awareness of the state’s vast aquatic resources and to give families a great chance to pass along the joy of fishing to the next generation.

“This annual fishing celebration gives Michigan anglers, and those who have never gone fishing, a chance to experience some of the world’s best fishing for free,” Schmidt said. “For many in my district, it’s just a short trip over to one of the Great Lakes. I encourage everyone to get out and keep this statewide pastime alive.”

For more information, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.Michigan.gov/FreeFishing.

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Editor’s note: Audio of Schmidt discussing the upcoming free fishing weekend is available here or on his website. Click “Audio” under the “Media Center” tab.