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Learn to Fish This Summer at a ‘Hook, Line and Sinker’ 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.

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