Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources
Free Fishing Weekend – June 12-13, 2010
According to the Department of Natural Resources, Michigan offers more than 3,000 miles of shoreline along the Great Lakes, 36,350 miles of rivers and streams, and more than 11,037 inland lakes. With this much access to water, it is only natural that fishing would be a popular pastime.
On June 12-13, 2010, Michigan’s DNR will allow free fishing on its inland waters and Great Lakes. Whether a resident of Michigan or not, fishing license fees will be waived. For more information about the free fishing weekend, fish, or fishing, check out Michigan’s DNR website.
Follow up a free weekend of fishing with a free program about fishing at the Ellis Reference and Information Center on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
Make a Splash (Softly) – Great Lakes Steelhead Fishing features Kenneth R. Jaynes, local author of An Expert’s Guide to Great Lakes Steelhead Fishing: Methods, Tactics, & Strategies. A successful steelhead fisherman, Ken will instruct participants in the art of Great Lakes Steelhead fishing. He will discuss all aspects of fishing for steelhead, including the best equipment to use, productive streams within a 3-hour drive, and a variety of successful methods. Learn how to “play the fish” and how the acronym A FISH’N and other triggers can affect the number of strikes steelhead will attempt. After the program, Ken will sell and sign copies of his book. For more information about the program, visit the library’s Calendar of Events.
Become an expert - While at the library, take time to check out free materials about fishing.
Instructional Fishing Books:
Best streams for Great lakes steelhead: A complete guide to the fish, the tactics, and the places to catch them
By Bob Linsenman
Cooking Freshwater Fish
By Lucia Watson
50 contemporary approaches to classic recipes
Fly fishing for salmon and steelhead of the Great Lakes
By Kenn Filkins
Everyday knots: For fishermen, boaters, climbers, crafters, and household use
By Geoffrey Budworth
Expert’s guide to Great lakes steelhead fishing: Methods, tactics & strategies
By Kenneth R. Jaynes
A Monroe, Michigan author, Ken Jaynes presents methods, tactics, and strategies for world class steelhead (and brown trout and salmon) fishing in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada. Includes rigging and techniques for surf fishing, casting, drift fishing, float fishing, and fly fishing. Also includes spawn preserving and curing, fishing with spawn and other baits, productive lures and fly patterns, how to find steelhead, and how to land more steelhead
Fish Michigan—Great Lakes: the most comprehensive guide ever written on fishing in the Great Lakes from Michigan
By Tom Huggler
The new encyclopedia of fishing
Published by Dorling Kindersley
The complete guide to the fish, tackle & techniques of fresh & saltwater angling
The Orvis pocket guide to fly fishing for steelhead: flies, gear, and strategies for taking fish in rivers and streams
By John Shewey
John Shewey, having fished for just about everything the West has to offer, from surf perch at sea level to golden trout at twelve thousand feet, still gravitates toward his favorite summer steelhead streams
A place on the water: An angler’s reflections on home
By Jerry Dennis
A Michigan author, Jerry Dennis provides anecdotes about fishing.
Instructional Fishing DVDs:
Better half of fishing: The how-to-fish guide for women
This program takes the fear and intimidation out of fishing for women. Hosted by women to deliver topics from a woman's point of view such as: safety and responsible boating, tackle, rods and reels, bait and lure selection, fish cleaning, and much more.
Fishing with Roland Martin
Nine time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year Roland Martin knows bass. Follow Roland across North America as he tests the latest crankbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits, and topwaters, while sharing the expert tips that have made him a legend in the sport. Includes 23 episodes.
Top 100 fishing tips: Freshwater fishing
Covers the specifics of rods, baits, boats, casting, patterns, electronics and more, step-by-step tips and techniques.
When fish won’t bite: Tips, tricks & proven techniques to increase your fishing success
Teaches how to use umbrella rigs, trolling secrets, knots and rigs, fighting techniques, live, natural and artificial baits, how to read the water, understanding weather conditions, tides and currents that affect fish feeding patterns.
Buck Wilder’s small fry fishing guide: A complete introduction to the world of fishing for small fry of all ages
By Tim Smith & Mark Herrick
Describes how to catch fish, while still having fun. Provides information on the most commonly sought after fish in North America.
A fish tale (DVD)
Fly, Stella, and their cousin Chuck go on a fishing trip and end up in a professor's lab. When Stella accidentally drinks some of the professor's potion, she turns into a starfish. It's up to her and the boys, now also fish, to find the antidote fast!
By John Bailey
An illustrated introduction to the basic techniques of fishing, describing various kinds of fishing, such as bait fishing, bobber fishing, bottom fishing, and lure fishing.
By Tim Seeberg
An introduction to freshwater fishing, describing basic techniques, the necessary equipment, safety precautions, and popular places to fish.
Mickey’s big splash (DVD)
Dive into fun with the gang in these four fantastic episodes, one of which finds Mickey fishing! Includes a never-before-seen bonus episode and all-new interactive game.