TRAVERSE CITY — More than 500 young anglers are expected at the tenth annual Kids’ Free Fishing Day, Saturday, June 18 at Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Campus.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., kids accompanied by an adult are invited to join in the fishing fun. Under the supervision of the Department of Natural Resources, 750 rainbow trout 10 inches or longer will be stocked for the event. Fishing rods, reels and bait will be provided. Children may also bring their own fishing gear. Volunteers will be on hand to register anglers, help with fishing instruction and clean 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 rescue demonstration. Free pizza, courtesy of Little Caesar’s and Orchard Creek Senior Living and Healthcare, will be provided. Parking is available at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus, located just east of the Holiday Inn on U.S. 31.
The event is sponsored by NMC’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Traverse City Rotary Clubs, Rotary Camps & Services, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association, and U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City.