TRAVERSE CITY — More than 250 young anglers and their families are expected at the annual Kids Free Fishing Day, set for 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, June 15 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, 700 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, fishing skills and cleaning 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 flyover. Parking is available at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus, located just east of the Delamar Hotel, 715 E. Front St. Detours are in place due to construction on Grandview Parkway/ Front Street. Entry to the Great Lakes campus can be made from westbound Front Street, and northbound Barlow Street (traffic signal) or Hope Street.

Free Fishing Day is sponsored by Traverse City Rotary Clubs, Rotary Camps & Services, NMC, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Mike and Rhonda Estes, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, and the Northwest Michigan Fishing Club.

Release date: June 6, 2024

For more information:

Chris DeGood
(231) 420-5601


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