Learn to fish this summer at a 'Hook, Line and Sinker' Michigan DNR program

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites those who would like to learn how to fish to attend a free “Hook, Line and Sinker” program offered at over 30 state parks and hatcheries across the state this summer. Experienced, friendly instructors will teach participants fishing basics, like knot-tying, casting, selecting and using bait, and removing the fish from the hook.

“Our instructors make it fun to learn, and a program like this takes the guesswork out of getting started,” said Kevin Frailey, who oversees the program. “It doesn’t cost much — the program is free, the instruction is free, and all equipment is provided for those who don’t have their own. The only thing you need to pay for is a Recreation Passport if you don’t have one yet.”

To find a Hook, Line and Sinker program near you, visit www.michigan.gov/hooklineandsinker for a list of participating parks. Programs are being added regularly, so bookmark the page and check back often.

As always, children under the age of 17 are not required to have a fishing license. Hook, Line and Sinker programs are free; however, a Recreation Passport is required for each vehicle entering the park.

The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking “YES” for the $11 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches.

Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan's outdoor recreation and natural resources at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.