Kids Free Fishing Day returns

TRAVERSE CITY — More than 250 young anglers and their families are expected at this year’s return of the annual Kids Free Fishing Day, set from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, June 18 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. There will also be a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration. Parking is available at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus, located just east of the Delamar Hotel 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, and the Northwest Michigan Fishing Club.

Release date: June 10, 2022

For more information:

Chris DeGood
(231) 420-5601 (mobile)
(231) 933-8400 (office)


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