This weekend (June 9 & 10) is one of Michigan’s 2 annual Free Fishing Weekends (the other is in February). All fishing license fees are waived for the weekend so residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish (all fishing regulations will still apply). The DNR explains that:
People who fish tend to understand the natural aquatic network of plants and animals that help to sustain fish as well as the regulations that govern fishing in Michigan.
Research shows that young people today do not have access to fishing opportunities that were enjoyed by generations before them. Some of the reasons: living in urban or suburban areas where fishing access is not readily available, competition for time by an ever-increasing schedule of special activities, and too little time for unstructured leisure.
Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, over 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams. Included are 12,000 miles of trout waters. If you’re wondering what to fish for, check out Michigan fish on Michigan in Pictures and many more fishing features & businesses on Absolute Michigan.