More than 500 young anglers are expected at the annual Kids Free Fishing Day, Saturday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Campus.

All children are invited, accompanied by an adult. Fishing rods, reels, and bait will be provided. Children may also bring their own fishing gear. More than 1,500 rainbow trout of 10 inches or longer will be stocked for the event under supervision of the Department of Natural Resources. The event will include a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration.

Volunteers will be on hand to register anglers, help with fishing instruction and clean the fish. There will also be a fish cooking demonstration to show kids and adults how to prepare their catch.

The Great Lakes Children’s Museum will host a free fish painting activity for kids waiting to fish. Free food and refreshments will also be available. 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, Grand Traverse Area Sportfishing Association, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Traverse City Rotary Clubs, and U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City.

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