Family Fun: Fishing in Metro Detroit

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As the days begin to warm up many of us are looking for ways
to spend time with our families outdoors again! 
Fishing with your kids is a great way to introduce them to the fantastic
natural resources we have here in Michigan, and provides both learning
opportunities and bonding time.

Here are a few tips that help keep family fishing trips fun:


Fishing Tips:

1 – Focus on the kids. 
When fishing with children, especially young kids and those new to the
sport, it’s especially important to keep in mind that this experience is for
them.  If either parent is an avid
angler, it may be best to leave your own equipment at home so that you can
focus on teaching your child the rules of safety and how to operate their
poles.  They’ll need help tying lures and
putting bait on hooks, not to mention casting, and landing a fish!
2 – Be legal.  In
Michigan, children do not need licenses to fish, but any adult who is actively
helping must have a fishing license.  You
can purchase your online here http://www.mdnr-elicense.com/Welcome/Default.aspx
3 – Be prepared.  This
includes proper attire for the weather, first aid kit, bug spray, sunscreen,  working
equipment (rod & reel), rag to wipe hands off, bait and/or lures, bobbers,
weights, snacks, water, etc. See more fishing guides here.
4 – Talk.  Fishing is
a great time to connect with your child! 
Talk to them about where fish like to hide, what they eat, why they may
not be biting right now.  Get excited
when your child catches a fish!



Where to go fishing:

Some great places around Metro Detroit to fish with kids
include:

Belle Isle, Detroit – The inland lakes on the island are
great spots to catch small and large mouth bass and there are several docks
along the river frontage that are for fishing also.
Milliken State Park, Detroit – The marina and the RiverWalk
offer several great fishing spots.  There
is also a Kids Fishing Fest June 12, 2016 – you can register here http://detroitriverfront.org/2016kidsfishingfest

Spring Valley Trout Farm, Dexter – Has a stocked pond for
children under 10.  If you’re looking for
a high likelihood of a catch, this is a great fishing spot for youngsters.

Heritage Park, Taylor – The small fishing pond is a great
for first timers!

9 Mile Pier, St. Clair Shores – It’s a bit of a hike to the
end of the pier, but the fishing is usually spectacular.  Lots of sunfish, perch, and bass to be caught
here.
Firefighters Park, Troy – A variety of fun to catch fish
await in the pond here!
Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, Waterford – Shore fishing and
boat rentals for fishing deeper in the lake. 
There are opportunities here for younger and older children to fish many
species.
Lake St. Clair Metropark, Harrison Township – There are many
fishing spots in the park, near the pier and also on the peninsula that juts
north.  Not the best spot for the
youngest of kids.
Kensington Metropark, Milford – Many places to try fishing
from the shore as well as boat rentals to go further out onto the lake.
Stoney Creek Metropark, Shelby Township – Many places to try
fishing from the shore as well as boat rentals to go further out onto the lake.
Mae Stecker Park, Shelby Township – A lovely stocked pond
has small panfish and some good sized bass. 
This is a great place for shore fishing with younger kids as they will
have a good shot at landing a fish.  The
mosquitos can be pretty heavy in summer, so be prepared with bug spray. 

The DNR also has a nice list of Family Friendly
fishing waters listed, and you can search by county here http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364-299046–,00.html

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