Free fishing!

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By Sen. Joe Hune

22nd Senate District

Every year, I look forward to the weather warming up enough so I can grab my tackle box and go fishing. To help spread my love for fishing and encourage other Michigan residents to pick up a fishing pole, I want to remind you about the annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10.

Both residents and non-residents alike can fish without a license that particular weekend, though all other fishing regulations still apply.

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 what is sure to be a fun-filled weekend, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

This is a great way for everyone to experience the fun of fishing for free. I encourage every resident of the 22nd Senate District to mark their calendar for June 9 and 10 to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

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Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.

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