It’s FREE Fishing Weekend in Michigan on June 12 & 13th and communities across metro Detroit are celebrating with fun family fishing events!

It’s Free Fishing Weekend and all fishing license fees will be waived for two days. A Recreation Passport will NOT be required for entry into state parks and boating access sites. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply.

Check out LittleGuide’s Family Guide To Michigan State Parks In Metro Detroit, 10 Family-Friendly places To Fish In Metro Detroit or a fishing event happening around town this weekend:

@ Riverside Park, Auburn Hills
Saturday, June 12 / 7:30am – 10:00am
The 17th Annual River Day Fishing Derby offers youths 16 & under a chance to fish and participate in this free annual contest on the banks of the Clinton River at Riverside Park. Raffle prizes plus;
River Day t-shirts for all the kids.

@ Scofield City Park, Howell
Saturday, June 12 / 8:00am – 9:00am
Dust off the fishing poles – it’s time for a good old fashioned kids fishing derby! Participants will pick up their goodies to-go at the entrance to the park on tournament day. The goodie bag will be a special shark shaped goodie bag filled with snacks, water, a ruler, and breakfast. Also included in the program fee is a small tub of bait. Cost is $11.50 per person

@ Crosswinds Marsh, New Boston
Saturday, June 12 / 9:00am – 11:00am
Enjoy a free fishing day as part of the Department of Natural Resources Free Fishing Weekend, where fishing licenses are NOT required. Tackle tying and casting techniques will be offered for those first time fisher boys and girls.

@ Lost Lake Nature Park, Oakland Township
Saturday, June 12 / 9:00am – 12:00pm
Fishing is part of Michigan’s Heritage and a relaxing pastime. There is no room for cell phones, texting or tv on the dock. This program is your chance to try out fishing without needing to purchase all of the equipment yourself. For these socially distant times we are reworking this program to keep families safe during the festivities. All family members in attendance must register.

@ Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter
Saturday, June 12 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Come out and discover a fun new hobby using our fishing poles, bait and tackle during Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend. Learn the basics of fishing on the banks of the Huron River. We will cover different types of tackle, some basic knots, and casting techniques. We will provide bait and rods. No fishing license is required in Michigan this weekend!

@ Kensington Metropark, Milford
Sunday, June 13 / 10:00am – 12:00pm
Come learn the basics of fishing on the shores of beautiful Kent Lake. Take advantage of this Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend and celebrate Father’s Day at the lake. The program will be held outdoor and participants will learn how to properly bait a hook, cast a line, and reel in a big fish. Cost: $5

@ For-Mar Nature Preserve, Burton
Sunday, June 13 / 1:30pm + 3:00pm sessions
Get ready to tell some fish stories! Join For-Mar naturalists on the dock to celebrate one of Michigan’s greatest resources. We will bring the bait and tackle, you bring your best techniques. Are you a first timer, or a little rusty? We will cover the basics of casting, knot tying, and releasing of fish, so you can jump right in to a great past time!

@ Marshbank Park, West Bloomfield
Sunday, June 13 / 4:00pm + 5:30pm sessions
Join us at the fishing pier located inside Marshbank Park on Cass Lake for the opportunity to share this great outdoor pastime with your family. This program will be a catch and release of all fish, so bring your camera to document your successes! Registration is required and no on-site registration will be offered. Cost: $10-$12

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