DETROIT (WWJ) – If you have an urge to cast a line into a Michigan lake or river this weekend, you’re in luck – it’s the Michigan Free Fishing Weekend.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is waiving fishing license fees for two days, Saturday and Sunday June 11 and 12.

Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish.

Finding a fishing spot should be easy, as Michigan is home to more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, over 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams, including 12,000 miles of trout waters.

But, just because you can fish for free, doesn’t mean you can disregard the rules. All fishing regulations will still apply.

The DNR is also holding several activities at state parks and fish hatcheries to go along with the weekend, such as fishing derbies, casting contests, minnow races and fishing workshops. For a full list of activities, click here.

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