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It's Michigan's Summer Free Fishing Weekend!

DETROIT (WWJ) - It's time to grab some buddies, or your kids, and cast a line on one of the many lakes, rivers or streams in metro Detroit.

The Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone the annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is this weekend, Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. During this time period, everyone -- residents and non-residents alike -- can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply.

Michigan has been celebrating the Summer Free Fishing Weekend annually since 1986 as a way to promote awareness of the state's vast water resources. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes, fishing and Michigan go hand-in-hand.

"This summer's Free Fishing Weekend is a great way to get outdoors and experience some of the best freshwater fishing in the world," DNR Director Keith Creagh said in a statement. "There's an opportunity for everyone to get involved, as it's an inexpensive activity and readily accessible -- so get out this June and try it yourself, for free!"

To encourage involvement in Free Fishing Weekends, organized activities are being scheduled in communities across the state. These activities are coordinated by a variety of individuals, organizations, constituent groups, schools, local and state parks, businesses and others.

Visit for all things related to this weekend, including a chart identifying activities in areas throughout the state.

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