Kids Free Fishing Day

TRAVERSE CITY — More than 500 young anglers are expected at the thirteenth annual Kids Free Fishing Day, set from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Campus.

Kids accompanied by an adult are invited to join in the free fishing fun. Under the supervision of the Department of Natural Resources, 750 rainbow trout 10 inches or longer will be stocked in the campus harbor for the event. Fishing rods, reels, and bait are all provided. Children may also bring their own fishing gear. Experienced volunteers will help with baiting hooks and fishing instruction, and clean the fish.

The Great Lakes Children’s Museum will host a free fish painting activity for kids waiting to fish. The Northern Angler will give fly casting demonstrations. There will also be a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration. Free pizza, courtesy of Little Caesar’s and Orchard Creek Senior Living and Healthcare, will be also provided. Parking is available at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus, located just east of the Holiday Inn on U.S. 31.

Free Fishing Day is sponsored by Traverse City Rotary Clubs, Rotary Camps & Services, NMC’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association, and U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City.

Release Date: May 29, 2018

For more information:

John Noonan, Program Director
Rotary Camps & Services
(231) 941-4010 x 210


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