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Line up for free fishing weekend

News Article By Tom Watts, Macomb Daily Outdoors Writer June 05, 2003

There is no excuse -- the fishing is free this weekend.

So, all fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, neighbors, and foe, take a kid fishing this weekend.

Fishing clinics and special events are planned throughout the state to celebrate the annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

For two days only, residents and nonresidents can fish without purchasing a Michigan fishing license.

All other fishing regulations apply.

Michigan offers some of the finest and most diverse freshwater fishing in the country with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 11,037 inland lakes, and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams.

Michigan also boasts more than 1,000 miles of blue ribbon trout streams.

"Free Fishing Weekend is an excellent opportunity for experienced anglers to introduce fishing to a friend, child or family member who has never cast a line," said Theresa Pohl, spokesperson for the Department of Natural Resources Fisheries and Wildlife Division.

Many organizations, including local chambers of commerce, fishing clubs, businesses and conservation clubs, have organized special instructional fishing events in observance of this weekend.

For example, officials at Young State Park in Charlevoix County will hold a kids fishing day on Saturday at Mirror Lake. Poles and tackles were donated by a local bait store.

There are hundreds of events going on all day, including in Macomb County on Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River. To see a list of clinics scheduled for Free Fishing Weekend, visit the State of Michigan web site at

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