Free Fishing Weekend June 12-13th
Wed, 09 Jun 2021 17:02:05 EDT

The annual free fishing weekend will take place this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13th) so get your rod and reel ready.

People can fish without a license - however all standard rules apply, and a state Recreation Passport (parking pass for all state parks) will not be required for entry into state parks and boating access sites.

The DNR started the free weekends in 1986 as a way to promote the state's resources. Michigan residents and visitors purchased a record 1.5 million state fishing licenses in 2020 - a jump from 1.3 million sold in 2019 as the pandemic brought an influx of people outdoors looking for socially distanced recreation.   


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