2017 Summer Free Fishing Weekend - official event list

Check out the current list of officially registered 2017 Summer Free Fishing Weekend (June 9 & 10) events. Perhaps you'll attend one, or perhaps one will spark your interest in planning your own event!

All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on all waters for all species of fish. All other fishing regulations still apply. For Free Fishing Weekend events in your area, click on any county listed below.

Please note that some events do require pre-registration and/or a fee. Please note, during the 2017 Summer Free Fishing Weekend no DNR Recreation Passport will be required at any state park or recreation area!

Baraga County Bay County
Branch County Calhoun County
Chippewa County Cheboygan County
Delta County Genesee County
Gladwin County Gogebic County
Gratiot County Hillsdale County
Houghton County Ingham County
Lenawee County Luce County
Macomb County Manistee County
Muskegon County Oakland County
Ogemaw County Ontonagon County
Ottawa County Roscommon County
Sanilac County St. Clair County
Wayne County  

 

 

Baraga County
Event Name: Baraga County Lake Trout Festival - Free Kids Fishing Pond
Location: L'Anse Waterfront Park, Main Street, L'Anse
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Details: Join Baraga State Park staff for a free kids fishing pond! Take part in events like the Keweenaw Bay Classic Fishing Tournament, Kids Carnival, food, music and more! All equipment will be provided and lucky anglers can keep what they catch. Fish are stocked by the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Hatchery. Children ages 17 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: dowdyd@michigan.gov, 906-353-6558

Bay County
Event Name: Free Fishing Festival
Location: Saginaw Bay Visitor Center, Bay City State Recreation Area, 3582 State Park Drive, Bay City
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Details: This event will feature fun, family-friendly fishing activities including a family fishing derby, youth casting tournament, and an outdoor Fish Fair featuring more than 25 activity stations where kids can sharpen their angling skills.
Contact: blaschkav@michigan.gov, 989-667-0717

Branch County
Event Name: Take a Kid Fishing
Location: Rotary Park, Coldwater
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Details: This event gets kids outdoors fishing and is hosted by Bass Unlimited of Branch County. Free lunch will be provided to all participants.
Contact: tammievaughn@hotmail.com, 517-617-6738

Calhoun County
Event Name: Marshall Rec 2017 Fish 'N Float at Stuart's Landing
Location: Stuart's Landing, Marshall
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Details: Marshall Rec is hosting the 2nd annual Fish 'N Float at Stuart's Landing. It will include youth fishing and casting contests, both beginning at 10 am. The winners or each will receive a new fishing rod! The event will include root beer floats, canoes, kayaks, archery range and much more.
Contact: jmiller@cityofmarshall.com, 269-781-5166

Event Name: Fly Fishing for Beginners - Fly Fishing Go Battle Creek
Location: 1408 West Michigan, Battle Creek
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 1 to 6 pm
Details: Join Uncle Jakes at Smittys Sport Shop for fly casting and instruction. Some gear will be available to share. The program will take place on dry land with some demonstrations from the water. Participants must pre-register and are asked to attend one evening of classroom learning during the week preceding the week.
Contact: paul@unclejakes.net, 269-830-7091

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

Delta County
Event Name: Kids Fishing Day
Location: Hiawatha National Forest
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Details: This will be the 26th annual Kids Fishing Day event at Camp 7 National Recreation area on the Hiawatha National Forest!
Contact: gcoloson1951@gmail.com, 906-474-6302

Genesee County
Event Name: Fish the Bricks
Location: Riverbank Park, Flint
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 8 am to 12 pm
Details: A family-friendly event in downtown Flint! Come fish the Flint River from Hamilton Dam to Grand Traverse Blvd. Registration begins at 7:30 and you must sign up to be eligible to win. Prizes will be awarded for biggest fish. ALL those who participate will be responsible for providing their own tackle and bait. There will also be a tent set up at Riverbank Park with refreshments and hotdogs that will be served during the announcements of the winners.
Contact: gburnash@flintdda.org, 810-429-4786

Event Name: Kids Fishing Club
Location: 14098 N Genesee Road, Clio
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 9 to 11 am
Details: Bring your fishing rod and Genesee County Parks and Recreation will provide the bait. There will be a short lesson covering things like fish identification and knowing your equipment and how to use it. Then participants will head to the water to fish!
Contact: seasonalrec@gcparks.org, 810-241-0684

Event Name: Catfish for a Cause Tournament, 2nd Annual Mott Lake Edition
Location: 4045 Coldwater Road, Flint
Date: Sunday, June 11
Time: 6 am to 12 pm
Details: Come target the channel catfish found in Mott Lake! This tournament will follow all other Michigan fishing rules and regulations, including size and daily possession limits.
Contact: seasonalrec@gcparks.org, 810-241-0684

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

Gogebic County
Event Name: Kids Fishing Day at Henry Lake
Location: Ottawa National Forest - Henry Lake Campground, Marenisco
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 8 am (CDT)
Details: The Ottawa National Forest is hosting an exciting, fun-filled day of fishing for kids and their families. Community youngsters are invited to come to Henry Lake Campground with your fishing rods, tackle boxes and bait to participate in the Kids Free Fishing Derby.
Contact: 906-932-1330 (ext. 327)

Gratiot County
Event Name: Joe Scholtz Memorial Free Fishing Derby
Location: Leppien Park on M-46
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 9 am to 12 pm
Details: At this event prizes will be awarded by weight of the fish. Everyone who enters will receive a prize! Participants will be broken up by age groups. Free hot dogs, chips and water will be served.
Contact: dkelley2004@charter.net, 989-681-2549

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

Hillsdale County
Event Name: 23rd Annual Hillsdale Kiwanis & County Conservation Club Kids Fishing Derby
Location: Hillsdale Kiwanis & Hillsdale County Conservation Club
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm
Details: This event will offer free fishing with lunch and prizes provided! Participants must bring their own fishing gear but bait will be provided.
Contact: jlynnwickham@gmail.com, 517-523-2146

Ingham County
Event Name: Family Fishing Event & Cookout
Location: Crego Park, Lansing
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 5 pm
Details: Enjoy a fun-filled fishing event at Crego Park complete with free food and drinks on this Free Fishing Weekend! All ages are welcome, please bring your own fishing equipment as supplies are limited. All fishing will be catch and release.
Contact: noah.defouw@lansingmi.gov, 517-483-4291

Event Name: Meridian Fishing Derby
Location: 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos (Historical Village near Town Hall)
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 9 am to 12 pm
Details: Join Meridian Township for this free, fun event at the Meridian Historical Village! There will be activities such as learning to cast, macro-invertebrate ID, games and of course fishing in the Historical Village pond. Please bring your own fishing equipment. There will be a limited supply of equipment available to borrow. All ages are invited!
Contact: dillon@meridian.mi.us, 517-853-4614

Lenawee County
Event Name: Tecumseh Fishing Derby
Location: Tecumseh Park, 403 Adrian Street, Tecumseh
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 9 to 11 am
Details: Don't miss Tecumseh Parks and Recreation's annual free fishing derby for kids! This free event will feature prizes for longest fish, shortest fish, and most fish caught. Grab your fishing rod and bucket and we'll see you on derby day!
Contact: sgilmore@tecumseh.mi.us, 517-423-5602

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

Macomb County
Event Name: Shelby Township's 31st Annual Youth Fishing Derby
Location: 52700 Van Dyke Avenue, Shelby Township
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Details: This event is free to kids ages 15 and under. It is sponsored by Detroit Area Steelheaders; Kirk, Huth, Lange & Badalamenti; and Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals. It is hosted by Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department. Prizes will be awarded in four separate age groups. Participants should bring their own equipment, but a limited supply of bait will be available. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: shelbyprm@shelbytwp.org, 586-731-0300

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

Muskegon County
Event Name: 31st Annual Kids Fishing Contest
Location: Goodrich Park, 100 N Lake Street, Whitehall
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 7 am to 1 pm
Details: Parents and kids are invited to participate in White Lake Area Sportfishing Association's 31st annual event. No pre-registration is required and everything is FREE! Prizes will be separated by gender in three age groups (3-6, 7-10, and 11-16) AND a Grand Prize drawing for a 6-hour fishing charter for one lucky winner!
Contact: 231-557-6473

Event Name: Muskegon Conservation Club's Free Fishing Derby for Children
Location: 1921 Lake Avenue, North Muskegon
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 10 am to 2:30 pm
Details: This FREE and fun event is for children ages 4-12 years old accompanied by an adult relative and their favorite fishing rod. Live bait and plain, single hooks only. No artificial lures. Wax worms provided free of charge. Registration is from 10-11 am in pavilion behind the Muskegon Conservation Club's clubhouse. Fishing will be from the shore at the Club's marina from 11 am - Noon. Awards, door prizes, and a free lunch are from Noon - 2:30 pm.
Contact: 231-744-9690

Oakland County
Event Name: Go Fish!
Location: Marshbank Park Fishing Pier, 2805 Hiller Road, West Bloomfield
Date: Sunday, June 11
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Details: Join the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission at the fishing pier located inside Marshbank Park on Cass Lake for the opportunity to share a great outdoor pastime with your family. Play fishing games or win a fishing rod if you catch the smallest or largest fish of the night. Dinner (provided by Buffalo Wild Wings) will be served at the Maple Ridge Shelter near the pier. Registration is REQUIRED and no on-site registration will be offered. Fees are $9 per resident and $12 per non-resident.
Contact: lazoury@wbparks.org, 248-451-1917

Event Name: Fin-Tastic Fishing Derby
Location: Holly State Recreation Area (Heron Lake Boat Launch), McGinnis Road, Holly
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 2 to 4:30 pm
Details: Come cast a line! Participants at this event will be fishing from shore to see who can catch the most fish, the largest fish, or the smallest fish. Anglers of all ages are welcome. There will be two ages groups for each category. There will be a limited number of fishing rods available, as well as bait. Visitors can also try their skills at a casting contest and fish ID challenge.
Contact: 248-634-8811

Event Name: Seven Lakes Free Fishing Derby
Location: Seven Lakes State Park, 14390 Fish Lake Road, Holly
Date: Sunday, June 11
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Details: Fun for the whole family! Prizes and refreshments will be provided. Some loaner equipment will be available. Sponsored in part by the Izaak Walton League of America. Located at Big Seven Lake to the North of the restroom buildings near Meadow Ridge Shelter.
Contact: 248-634-7271

Ogemaw County
Event Name: Cardinal Optimist Club of Skidway Lake Free Fishing Derby
Location: Skidway Lake Boardwalk
Date: Sunday, June 11
Time: 3 to 6 pm
Details: Participants at this event will qualify to receive prizes if they catch the largest fish, smallest fish and most fish. All participants will receive worms, bobbers, weights, etc., at no cost.
Contact: vkoczman1955@gmail.com, 734-770-6280

Ontonagon County
Event Name: Ontonagon Youth Fishing Derby
Location: 210 River Road, Ontonagon
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Details: Join the Ottawa National Forest, Ontonagon Ranger District to celebrate its 27th year hosting the Youth Fishing Derby for kids age 16 and under at the Ontonagon Marina. There will be many events and prizes throughout the morning and every kid who registers will receive something!
Contact: jweichelt@fs.fed.us, 906-884-2085

Ottawa County
Event Name: Fishing Derby
Location: Holland State Park, 2215 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 9 am to 12 pm
Details: Join the Holland State Park staff and volunteers by the channel for a fishing derby! Prizes will be distributed within children's age groups to those who catch the most and the biggest fish. While the park has some gear, we encourage you to bring your own.
Contact: 616-399-9390

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

Sanilac County
Event Name: Croswell Fishing Contests 2017
Location: Croswell Swinging Bridge Park, Croswell
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 8 am to 12 pm OR 3 to 7 pm
Details: This contest will award cash prizes to the three longest fish caught each hour. Registration is required, please call the number provided below.
Contact: kimlhartman@hotmail.com, 810-679-3904

St. Clair County
Event Name: 29th Annual Free Fishing Clinic for Kids
Location: William P Thompson Pond, 40th Street, Port Huron Township
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Details: At this event fishing rods and bait will be provided. There will be casting contests, information booths, knot tying and much more! Parking is available at the Baker College parking lot to the west of the building.
Contact: phttrustee.livingston@gmail.com, 248-245-4459

Wayne County
Event Name: Outdoor Afro Fishing Weekend
Location: Rose Parks and Front Street, Detroit
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 6 pm
Details: Outdoor Afro will be hosting a fishing day to get people exposed to fishing and learn basic techniques to fishing.
Contact: pstringer@gmail.com, 313-680-5813