Get out and fish this weekend!

The summer free fishing weekend in Michigan is June 8-9 with lots of fun fishing events to choose from including The Rivertown Detroit Kids Fishing Fest at Milliken State Park from 8am-noon.

Join Michigan Sea Grant and other Michigan State University Extension programs and partners at Milliken State Park in downtown Detroit for a day of family fishing, games, educational tables and more. Visit the Michigan Sea Grant booth for free bobbers and boat floats and see invasive species like Round Gobies, Zebra Mussels and Sea Lamprey. A limited number of fishing poles will also be available for loan during the day. The event is part of Michigan’s Summer Free Fishing Weekend when all fishing license fees are waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes' waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations still apply and events are planned across the state including:

Macomb County -

Event Name:  River Day, Try Your Hand at Fly-Casting
Location:  42700 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
Date:  Saturday, June 8
Time:  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Details:  In cooperation with the Clinton River Watershed and Clinton Valley Trout Unlimited, the Sterling Heights Nature Center will offer a hands-on fly-casting demonstration. If you have never tried fly-casting, this will be a great opportunity to learn from the pros.
Contact:, 586-446-2710

Sanilac County –

Event Name:  Croswell's Longest Fish Fishing Contest
Location:  River Bend Park, Croswell
Date:  Saturday, June 8
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Details:  The fisherman who catches the longest fish will win $150 in this contest. Other cash prizes will be given for longest fish caught each hour, first fish caught that is five inches or longer and most fish caught that are five inches or longer. Please note, registration starts at 7:00 a.m. All ages welcome are welcome to participate! There is a $20 cost to participate (for three rods).
Contact:, 810-679-3904

St. Clair County –

Event Name:  Cargill Salt Kids Fishing Derby & Free Canoe/Kayak Day
Location:  Pine Shores Golf Course, 515 Fred Moore Highway and St. Clair Boat Harbor
Date:  Saturday, June 8
Time:  7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Fishing Derby)/all day (free canoe/kayak rental)
Details:  This event features fishing on the Pine River. It includes fishing games, Biggest Fish Contest, environmental information and a touch tank. At this time, the St. Clair Boat Harbor will be offering free canoe & kayak rental all day.
Contact:, 810-329-7121

Event Name:  Charter Township of Port Huron Fishing Clinic
Location:  William P. Thompson Pond in Port Huron
Date:  Saturday, June 8
Time:  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Details:  A free fishing clinic for youth will be held.
Contact:, 810-987-6600

Tuscola County –

Event Name:  Youth Fishing Clinic
Location:  2315 Harmon Lake Road, Mayville
Date:  May 11, May 18, May 25 and June 8 (only June 8 is during Free Fishing Weekend)
Time:  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (each day)
Details:  Using materials and information from Project FISH, the Fowler Center is partnering with Tuscola County 4-H and MSU Extension to provide an educational experience for children ages 10 to 13. We will cover angling skills, fishing habitats, aquatic ecology, and more in this four-week program. Please note there is a $20 fee for each participant.
Contact:, 989-673-2050

For a full list of events, visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Summer Free Fishing Weekend Events page.

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