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      Fishing, importance of water ecosystem highlighted at 'Kids' Free Fishing Day'

      Nearly 700 young anglers grabbed their fishing poles and headed out to the Kids' Free Fishing Day at Northwestern Michigan College's Great Lakes campus in Traverse City.

      Nearly 700 young anglers grabbed their fishing poles and headed out to the Kids' Free Fishing Day at Northwestern Michigan College's Great Lakes campus on Saturday.

      Bait was provided and it didn't take long for these youngsters to hook a trophy.

      The Department of Natural Resources stocked the area with more than 600 rainbow trout just for this event.

      Organizers say this event helps kids learn to respect our water ecosystems.

      It's also a great way to have some free summer fun.

      "The state and the DNR know that not as many kids start fishing like they used to back in the day, so they're interested in getting people to get their kids out and teach them to fish," said John Noonan, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Children's Museum.

      This was the 8th annual Kids' Free Fishing Day in Traverse City.