Those who want to learn to fish may try the sport without spending money on a license on the first of two free fishing license days on Fathers Day, Sunday, June 18.

As a result of legislation passed in 2014 (Public Act 14-201) DEEP can designate up to two dates per year as “Free Fishing License Days.” To fish on these days, anyone — resident or non-resident — can obtain a free one-day fishing license good for both the inland and marine districts, a perfect time to “try before you buy.”  DEEP encourages all anglers to “cast it forward,” by inviting someone who has never fished or someone who has not fished in a long time to accompany them on a fishing trip.
The free license to fish on this Sunday is now available through the mobile friendly DEEP online sportsmen licensing system (
This day provides families the opportunity to plan a family outing focused around fishing together as each family member 16 years of age or older can obtain a free one-day fishing license.

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