Free Fishing for Kids

In 2006, the Rotary Camps & Services Water Committee convened a number of organizations to put on our first Kids Free Fishing Day. It is part of the Department of Natural Resources initiative to promote fishing as an activity for young anglers, in the hopes that it will turn into a lifelong love of fishing. No fishing license is required for this event.

This is a free event for kids to fish under the supervision of and with the help of caring community volunteers. It is a collaborative event, offered to our community by several partner organizations.
Usually around 500 children participate with their siblings, parents, and grandparents. We stock over 750 rainbow trout in NMC’s Great Lakes Campus Harbor.

More than 60 volunteers assist with equipment set-up, fish cleaning, and kids’ safety. The event also features fish painting by the Great Lakes Children’s Museum and free pizza. The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City regularly perform an air rescue by helicopter demonstration (as scheduling allows).

2017 Kids Free Fishing Day

Sponsoring Organization (with links)

The following organizations sponsor Kids Free Fishing Day. The sponsoring organizations plan, staff, and execute the event. Supporting organizations and individuals provide additional essential support, without which this event would not be possible.

The Three Traverse City Rotary Clubs

Rotary Club of Traverse City
Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Sunrise
Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Twilight

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Great Lakes Children’s Museum
Grand Traverse Area Sportsfishing Association
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City
Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at NMC