Yes, a license is usually necessary. But not this weekend!
The state has designated June 8-9 as one of the two annual free fishing weekends in Michigan. State residents and visitors have the opportunity to fish Michigan's waters at no cost.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is waiving fishing licensing fees for the two days. Both inland and Great Lakes are included, along with any species of fish, but all fishing regulations still apply.
For the regulations and details, visit the DNR's website at michigan.gov/dnr/.
Novice and inexperienced anglers, like Curt, are encouraged to visit the DNR's Family Friendly Fishing Waters website (michigan.gov/fishing) to find great spots to go fishing. Click on the county that you're interested in fishing for a list of one or more family-friendly locations. Bodies of water are designated as family-friendly based on their ease of access, high likelihood of success in catching fish, identified amenities and other details. Each body of water's online profile includes its geographic location, driving directions, parking information, hours of operation, species of fish available and typical bait used.
Of course, your local fishing shops — like Lakeview Marine & Tackle, 24 S. Beechtree St.; West Marine, near the Home Depot store; and Fish On Bait & Tackle, 13664 Cleveland St., Nunica — are great places to seek advice and equipment.
Thanks to state Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, for supplying the above information.
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