Zorn: Enjoy summer free fishing this weekend

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Free fishing! Sen. Dale Zorn is reminding residents that Michigan’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is this Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11.

“Monroe County is the Walleye Capital of the World, and this annual celebration offers a great opportunity for Michigan anglers and out-of-state visitors to experience some of the world’s best fishing — free of charge,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I encourage families to take advantage of this summer tradition to pass down the love of fishing to the next generation or to just get away and relax on our wonderful inland and Great Lakes waters.”

During the weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived, but all fishing regulations still apply. The state will also waive the regular Recreation Passport entry fee for vehicle access to Michigan’s 103 state parks and recreation areas.

“Fishing has long been one of Michigan’s premier outdoor activities and an important part of our heritage,” said Zorn, vice-chair of the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee. “As part of the weekend, organized activities are being scheduled in communities across the state, including a family-fun program in Monroe and Lenawee counties.”

The Tecumseh Fishing Derby will take place Saturday, June 10 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Tecumseh City Park, 403 Adrian St. in Tecumseh. The annual free fishing derby for kids will feature prizes for longest fish, shortest fish and most fish caught.

In Monroe, the “Weekend of Fishing Fun” program is being offered at William C. Sterling State Park, located at 2800 State Park Road.

On Saturday, visitors will meet at the campground pavilion for a fun, family-friendly fishing derby competition. On Sunday, families can meet at the Midway Pavilion to fish in a relaxed atmosphere. For both events, children age 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Limited equipment is provided, so feel free to bring your own gear.

For more information on the Summer Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.