The state’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is an excellent time for Southwest Michigan families and out-of-state visitors to get together and enjoy some of the world’s best fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters.
This year’s weekend is scheduled for June 9-10.
The tradition is also a wonderful chance to introduce the joy of fishing to children and relax with family and friends – at no charge.
Since 1986, Michigan has annually celebrated the Summer Free Fishing Weekend as a way to promote awareness of the state’s vast aquatic resources and the sheer fun of fishing. During the weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived, but all fishing regulations still apply.
To encourage involvement in the Free Fishing Weekends, 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 Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.
Berrien Springs Village President Milt Richter says that the St. Joseph River in Berrien Springs is an ideal fishing location. Stake out a spot near the dam and you will find plenty of salmon and walleye.
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.
I encourage Southwest Michigan anglers – and those who have never gone fishing – to get out and take part in one of our state’s premier outdoor activities this weekend.