LANSING — State Rep. Joseph Graves today encouraged residents to take advantage of Michigan Free Fishing Weekend on June 13-14.
Rep. Graves, R-Argentine Township, said the Michigan Department of Natural Resources waives all fishing fees during the summer weekend so people who haven’t fished before can try the sport out without having a license. All fishing regulations still apply.
“This is an ideal opportunity to invite a friend or family member to go outside and play on the waters Michigan is famous for,” said Rep. Graves. “There are 79 lakes in Genesee County, such as Mott Lake and the Holloway Reservoir, where plenty of sports fish are available. Invite your children or grandchildren to join you and enjoy the day on the lake.”
Research shows that youngsters today do not have the same fishing opportunities that were enjoyed by the generations that came before them. Introducing a young person to the joys of fishing might instill in them a lifelong love of the sport, Rep. Graves said.
“Even if your guest doesn’t take up fishing as a hobby, Free Fishing Weekend can become an annual tradition to enjoy the sport one weekend every summer,” Rep. Graves said. — P.S.