Free fishing this weekend!

Michigan’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is this Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12.

It offers an outstanding opportunity for families to get together and enjoy some of the world’s best fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters — at no charge.

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.

For 30 years, Michigan has celebrated the free weekend as a way to promote awareness of the state’s vast aquatic resources and the sheer fun of fishing.

Michigan Senate Republicans encourage all area anglers — and those who have never gone fishing — to get out and take part in one of our state’s premier outdoor activities during the free weekend.

It is a wonderful chance to pass along the joy of fishing to the next generation or to just get away from the stress of life and relax in the Michigan great outdoors.

Anglers do not need a license for the annual event. All fishing license fees will be waived during the weekend, although all fishing regulations still apply.

To encourage involvement in the Free Fishing Weekend, organized activities are being scheduled in communities across the state. These activities are coordinated by a variety of organizations, including local and state parks, constituent groups, schools, businesses and others.

For more information on the Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

Celebrating Boating and Fishing

As Michigan residents, we have access to countless rivers, streams, inland lakes and of course, the Great Lakes. We appreciate the outdoors and enjoy the state’s beautiful natural resources. Now that spring is turning to summer, more and more Michigan residents and tourists are heading out for a great time on the water.

Beginning June 4 and ending on June 12 is National Fishing and Boating Week — an annual celebration of these outdoor activities.

Since Michigan is home to 11,037 inland lakes, 36,350 miles of rivers and streams and 3,288 miles of Great Lakes coastline, recreational boaters in Michigan are never more than six miles from the water.

The week-long event encourages outdoor enthusiasts to get away from the stress of everyday life and take advantage of the numerous fishing and boating opportunities Michigan has to offer.

The celebration mostly coincides with Michigan Boating Week, June 4-11, and concludes with the Summer Free Fishing Weekend, June 11-12.

Boating week promotes boating throughout the state; and the free fishing weekend allows residents to fish without a license — although all fishing regulations still apply.

National Fishing and Boating Week and Michigan Boating Week offer the opportunities for everyone — from the experienced anglers and veteran boaters to the entry-level hobbyists — to get out on the water and have a fun time with family and friends. Grab a kayak, plan a canoe trip, or take a child fishing and help pass along the enjoyment of Michigan’s great outdoors to the next generation.

For a complete list of ideas for enjoying Michigan’s outdoors, explore www.michigan.org/outdoors.

For information on fishing spots, licensing and regulations, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing.

For details on boating safety, regulations, harbors and rentals, visit www.michigan.gov/boating.

Free winter fishing this weekend!

With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan is home to some of the world’s best fishing.

In an effort to increase awareness of Michigan’s great fishing, the state offers two weekends each year when residents and out-of-state visitors can get together and enjoy fishing — at no charge.

This weekend is the state’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend!

It’s an excellent opportunity to introduce the joy of fishing to children and help pass down the tradition of Michigan fishing to the next generation of anglers. It’s also a chance for even the most experienced angler to try winter fishing for the first time.

During the weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived and vehicles will be able to enter state parks and use boating sites without a recreation passport. Residents and visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland lakes and the Great Lakes for all species of fish, but all fishing regulations still apply.

To celebrate the free fishing weekend, organized activities have been scheduled across the state. These activities are coordinated by a variety of organizations, including local and state parks, constituent groups, schools, businesses and others.

Residents looking for more details on the Winter Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, may visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing. The website also has helpful information about ice fishing in an article titled “Fishing Technique: Ice Fishing, The Coolest Sport Around.”

Be safe! Recent warm temperatures have tragically resulted in some people falling through the ice. Check out “Ice Safety Tips” on what you need to know before going out on the ice.

We encourage Michigan anglers — and those who have never gone fishing — to get out and take part in one of our state’s premier outdoor activities.

Please remember that having fun starts with being safe.