Free summer fishing weekend set for June 9-10

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LANSING — Sen. Judy Emmons is reminding residents that the state’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled this year for Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10.

“Michigan’s Summer Free Fishing Weekend provides a great opportunity to relax with family and friends and participate in one of our state’s excellent outdoor activities – at no charge,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “I encourage all mid-Michigan anglers – and those who have never gone fishing – to take advantage of this opportunity.”

During the weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived, but all fishing regulations still apply.

“This annual tradition is a great time for residents and out-of-state visitors to enjoy some of the best fishing in the world,” Emmons said. “It is also offers a chance to introduce the joy of fishing to children and have a wonderful time with family and friends in Michigan’s great outdoors.”

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 Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit


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