Learn to Fish with Hook, Line and Sinker
We'll teach you casting and fishing basics, and can provide you with a rod and reel to use if you don't have your own. 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.
The classes are offered free of charge, and participants under 17 do not need a fishing license.
Below are locations that may offer Hook, Line and Sinker classes. Please note, the links below are for each park's overall weekly program schedule, and Hook, Line and Sinker may not be offered at every location each week. To find upcoming dates and times, please call the location your are interested in. You can look up each of these parks on our Recreation Search website.
Looking for a family friendly place to fish and try out your new skills? Try our Family Friendly Fishing Waters!
Other Learn to Fish Opportunities
- Recreation 101
Recreation 101 is a series of introductory classes taught by DNR staff or expert volunteers from organizations, guide services, outfitters and more. These volunteers offer their time and knowledge at no charge to the DNR or the participants.
- Outdoor Skills Academy
The Outdoor Skills Academy classes and clinics provide a more in-depth skill development opportunity that are offered for a fee and require registration. Outdoor Skills Academy classes take place at our visitor centers at select parks and recreation areas around the state.
- More learning to fish information
New to fishing or interested in learning a new technique? We offer a variety of information, videos and other resources to help you get started.
Upcoming Fishing Events
- Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - Fly Fishing and Stream Entomology
Join the Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Park Interpreter for an introduction to the basics of fly fishing, fly tying and river entomology. This family-friendly event for beginners is part of the Portage Health Foundation's “Experience the Keweenaw” weekend and is offered by the Friends of the Porkies Folk School.
- Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery - Weekend Hatchery Tours, May 27
Discover how the DNR raises millions of fish every year to stock in Michigan’s lakes, rivers and streams.
- Cheboygan Field Office - 14th Annual Eunice Passeno Youth Fishing Contest
Let's go fishing! Our 14th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament is open to anglers ages 16 and under.
- Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area - Free Fishing Derby
Join the park for a fishing derby during Free Fishing Weekend - no fishing license required. Fun prizes awarded in each age group!
- Young State Park - Kid's Fishing Tournament
Come celebrate Free Fishing Weekend with a fun fishing tournament open to ages 14 and under. Prizes will be awarded to a variety of age groups.
- Canceled Michigan History Museum - Fly-Casting Workshop
This event has been canceled.
- Tahquamenon Falls State Park - Beginner Fly-Fishing Clinic
This class will teach the basics of fly fishing, including necessary equipment and fly selections to target eastern Upper Peninsula species, and will include hands-on practice with casting techniques using supplied rods.
- Indian Lake State Park - Annual Fishing Tournament
Win prizes at this fishing tournament for all ages!
- Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area - Lake Minnawanna Fall Fishing Tournament
Enjoy a family-friendly fishing tournament on Lake Minnawanna. Trophies will be awarded for largest legal-size fish by weight caught in adult and youth age categories.
- Fishing for Lake Trout (Lake Michigan MM 6-8) Anglers can fish for and possess lake trout on the Lake Michigan management units of MM 6-8.