LAPEER COUNTY — Anyone in the state can fish for free, no license, no fees, Saturday and Sunday. However, all state fishing regulations still apply, no exceptions! Twice each year since 1986, Michigan sets aside its fishing license requirement to encourage new and old anglers alike to take to the waters and enjoy fishing. This year’s summer Free Fishing segment takes place June 9-10, where residents and non-residents alike can fish in the state’s vast aquatic resources just for the fun of it.
Locally, Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area will offer a free Intro to Fishing 101 opportunity Friday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the recreation area. Attendees can learn the basics of fishing at free hands-on fishing event. Topics will include: fishing safety, casting and reeling technique, fish anatomy, catch and release and more. The event is open to all ages and fishing poles will be provided. State Park Explorer Guide Todd Moss will instruct the session, but space is limited. To reserve your spot, call Metamora-Hadley at 810-797-4439. The recreation area is located at 3871 Herd Rd, Metamora. Attendees are reminded that a Recreation Passport is required for all vehicles entering Michigan State Parks, and can be purchased for $10 either at the Secretary of State when you renew your license plate, or at any State Park.