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Save the date for Free Fishing Weekend

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(WPBN/WGTU)-- It's almost time for Michigan's annual event: Free Fishing Weekend.

Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy fishing for free.

The Free Fishing Weekend for the summer of 2017 is set for June 10 and 11.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says all fishing license fees will be waived during these 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 will still apply.

For many, the DNR says the annual Free Fishing Weekend has become a tradition - a time to get together and have some fishing fun. While some may find time to reflect while fishing, there are no limits to variations on a great theme! Experienced anglers who offer a child or young adult the chance to take their first fishing trip can provide a rewarding experience for all. People who fish tend to understand the natural aquatic network of plants and animals that help to sustain fish as well as the regulations that govern fishing in Michigan.

Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams.

Here's a list of events throughout northern Michigan:

Cheboygan County

Event Name: 13th Annual Eunice Passeno Youth Fishing Tournament

Location: 120 A Street, Cheboygan

Date: Saturday, June 10

Time: 8:30 am to 12 pm

Details: Let's go fishing! Come to the DNR's Cheboygan Field Office for their 13th Annual Eunice Passeno Youth Fishing Tournament. It is open to anglers ages 16 and under. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the tournament will run from 9-11:30. Food and prizes will follow. There will also be a special appearance by Smokey Bear. Please bring your own fishing rode and life jacket. Bait will be provided.

Contact: taylork17@michigan.gov, 231-627-9011

Chippewa County

Event Name: St. Marys River Celebration

Location: Rotary Park, Sault Ste. Marie

Date: Saturday, June 10

Time: 11:30 am to 3 pm

Details: Come on over to Rotary Park to celebrate with a fishboil, booths, activities and demonstrations from various community partners. Take the ferry over to Sugar Island (FREE for pedestrians) and check out the bridge, pedestrian walkway, and more activities and displays.

Contact: 906-748-0150

Gladwin County

Event Name: Billings Township Parks & Recreation Annual June Fishing Tournament

Location: Wixom Lake

Date: Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11

Time: 9 am on both days

Details: Come to Wixom Lake and search for the largest panfish!

Contact: rmmalott@gmail.com, 989-435-8100

Houghton County

Event Name: Lake Linden-Hubbell Sportsmen's Club Rice Lake Fishing Derby

Location: 51610 Rice Lake Road, Lake Linden

Date: Sunday, June 11

Time: 7 am to 4 pm

Details: Come for some family fun with fishing, a raffle, food and refreshments available!

Contact: kamachie@mtu.org, 906-296-0365

Luce County

Event Name: Newberry Area Chamber of Commerce Free Fishing Weekend Demonstrations

Location: Dollarville Dam

Date: Saturday, June 10

Time: 12 to 2 pm

Details: Learn fishing basics and introduce a child to fishing by learning knot tying, casting, hook baiting and safety. Demonstrations will be given by the DNR Fisheries Division on fish identification and aging. Learn about local waters and how to preserve them.

Contact: director1@lighthouse.net, 906-293-5562

Manistee County

Event Name: 12th Annual Bobbie Brown & Manistee County Forestries Fishing Derby

Location: Crystal Lake Park, Wellston

Date: Saturday, June 10

Time: 8:30 am to 12 pm

Details: This fishing contest is for youths ages three to 16. Trophies will be awarded to those who catch the biggest fish. Hot dogs and chips will be served to all participants.

Contact: roadkingdc@hotmail.com, 231-330-2422

Roscommon County

Event Name: Catch Us If You Can (Tagged Fish)

Location: Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, Lake St. Helen

Date: Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11

Time: all day, both days

Details: Catch a tagged fish in Lake St. Helen, Houghton Lake or Higgins Lake during the 2017 Summer Free Fishing Weekend and win a $50 gas card.

Contact: info@visithoughtonlake.com, 989-422-2002

Event Name: Michigan's Other Great Lakes Family Fishing Fest

Location: Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, Lake St. Helen

Date: Saturday, June 10

Time: 8 am to 1 pm

Details: At this event, prizes and activities will be given to families who come fishing.

Contact: myersr@roscommoncounty.net, 989-275-5268

Event Name: Free Fishing Derby

Location: South Higgins Lake State Park, 106 South Higgins Lake State Park Road, Higgins Lake

Date: Saturday, June 10

Time: 10 to 11 am

Details: Join this free fishing contest for kids at Marl Lake (across from South Higgins Lake State Park).

Contact: rcnpreschool@gmail.com, 989-821-6374


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