Shirkey reminds residents of weekend of free fishing

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Shirkey on Friday reminded residents of Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson counties of a great opportunity to take advantage of one of the favorite summertime activities of Michiganders at no cost.

“Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “Don’t miss the state’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend, next Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11.”

Shirkey said residents and nonresidents alike can fish without a license on these two days, though all other fishing regulations still apply. Entry into state public boating access sites, state parks and recreation areas is free of charge.

The Summer Free Fishing Weekend concludes the Michigan Boating Week, an annual celebration of the great outdoor activities offered by the state. It is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Michigan Waterways Commission and the Michigan Boating Industries Association. The week-long event offers many opportunities to start boating, get back onboard or learn some new skills to use on the water.

“We have so many beautiful places to go outdoors right here in our home area, and over 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline beyond that,” Shirkey said. “There is no reason not to get out and enjoy it!”

For more information on the Summer Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.Michigan.gov/FreeFishing.