Rep. Cole’s catch-of-the-day: Free Fishing Weekend in Pure Michigan

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State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, helps his daughter, Etta, catch her first Northern Pike on Lake Bellaire in Antrim County.

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, announced today that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is sponsoring a free weekend of fishing this Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12.

“This weekend is ideal for educating the youngsters about the importance of learning great outdoor skills,” said Rep. Cole. “Teaching our next generation the value of fishing will not only provide great family bonding time, but create fond memories for a lifetime.”

During Free Fishing Weekend, residents and tourists across the state can enjoy Michigan’s premiere freshwater fishing at no cost. The MDNR will waive the fishing license requirement and open the state’s waters to anyone looking to cast a line. All fishing regulations still apply.

For more information about free fishing weekends, please visit the MDNR website at