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Michigan Free Fishing Weekend set for June 7 and 8

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If you have always wanted to head out fishing or just have not had a chance to buy a fishing license, then the weekend of June 7 and 8 is for you when the summer Free Fishing Weekend will take place in Michigan.

Each year, there are two weekends put aside by the Department of Natural Resources that focus on the fun of fishing where fishing licenses are not needed to take part in the sport. Both residents and non-residents can drown a worm for free, but remember that all fishing regulations in the state will still apply and be enforced.

With over 11,000 inland lakes in the state along with 3,000 miles of shoreline on the Great Lakes, there are plenty of places to wet a hook.

"We invite residents and visitors to join us for some of the finest freshwater fishing available anywhere," said DNR Director Keith Creagh. "Fishing is an inexpensive, accessible and fun tradition. Michigan offers plenty of opportunities for anglers of all skill levels – beginner to expert – so we hope to see you on the water this June."

Beyond allowing everyone to enjoy some time trying to catch dinner on their own, there are also a wide array of activities taking place across the state as part of the Free Fishing Day.

When it comes to being a beginner, there are clinics and fishing festivals taking place on the weekend. The events, sponsored by a wide range of groups can be found at the Free Fishing web page and as the weekend gets closer, there will be more and more locations added.

In those areas where activities are not planned, the DNR offers a host of information on how and where to fish.

So plan on grabbing a pole, family and friends and head out June 7 and 8 for a day of fishing in Michigan.

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