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

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Have you ever wanted to learn to fish? Beginning in mid-June, join us for "Hook, Line and Sinker," a weekly fishing program available at over 30 state parks and fish hatcheries.

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 20-30 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.

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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