Hook, Line and Sinker: Learn to fish with the DNR

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Hook, Line and Sinker programs are available early June through August in the parks listed below.

Have you ever wanted to learn to fish? Join the DNR for "Hook, Line and Sinker", a weekly fishing program conducted by our staff at over 30 state parks and fish hatcheries in Michigan.

We'll teach you casting and fishing basics, and we can provide a rod and reel to use if you don't have your own equipment. Hook, Line and Sinker programs begin in mid-June and continue throughout the summer.

Participants under 17 do not need a fishing license. Programs are FREE; however, a Recreation Passport is required for park entry.

Our experienced, friendly instructors will introduce you to fishing in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. With step-by-step direction, you'll learn fishing basics like knot-tying, setting up your pole, casting, selecting and using bait, and removing fish from the hook. After the 20- to 30-minute lesson, you'll be ready to hit the water and exercise your new skills.

Hook, Line and Sinker is available at the parks listed below. Contact each location for dates and times.


Bay City Recreation Area, Bay City, 989-667-0717

Brighton Recreation Area, Brighton, 810-229-6566

Cedar River State Harbor, Cedar River, 906-864-1040

Fort Custer Recreation Area, Augusta, 269-731-4200

Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, 989-348-2537

Hayes State Park, Onsted, 517-467-7401

Holland State Park, Holland, 616--399-9390

Holly Recreation Area, Holly, 248-634-8811

Ionia Recreation Area, Ionia, 616-527-3750

Ludington State Park, Ludington, 231-843-9261

Mears State Park, Pentwater, 231-869-2051

Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area, Metamora, 810-797-4439

Mitchell State Park, Cadillac, 231-775-7911

Muskegon State Park, Muskegon, 231-744-3480

Pinckney Recreation Area, Pinckney, 734-426-4913

Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, Waterford, 248-666-1020

Port Crescent State Park, Port Austin, 989-738-8663

Proud Lake Recreation Area, Commerce Twp., 248-685-2433

Rifle River Recreation Area, Lupton, 989-473-2258

Sleeper State Park, Caseville, 989-856-4411

Sleepy Hollow State Park, Laingsburg, 517-651-6217

South Higgins State Park, Roscommon, 989-821-6374

Sterling State Park, Monroe, 734-289-2715

Tawas Point State Park, East Tawas, 989-362-5041

Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea,734-475-3170

Wells State Park, Cedar River, 906-863-9747

Wolf Lake Hatchery Visitor Center, Mattawan, 269-668-2876

Yankee Springs Recreation Area, Middleville, 269-795-9081

Young State Park, Boyne City, 231-582-7523

For camping reservations, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 800-44-PARKS (800-447-2757).

Hands-on lessons on recreational activities like fishing, archery, kayaking and more are also available through the DNR's Recreation 101 program. Visit www.michigan.gov/rec101 to learn more.

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