2017 Summer Free Fishing Weekend - official event list

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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 Calhoun County
Cheboygan County Delta County
Genesee County Gladwin 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
Roscommon 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

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 preceeding 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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