Free Walleye Fishing Classes Set at Michigan State Parks

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Fishmas Charters have teamed up to offer free walleye fishing classes at several state parks this summer!

Walleye enthusiasts of all skill levels are invited to take part in these free classes. Participants will learn not only how to have a successful walleye outing, but also about the behind-the-scenes effort that goes into managing Michigan’s world-class freshwater fisheries.

The two-hour “Rec 202: Walleye Fishing” classes emerged out of the DNR’s popular Recreation 101 program** and will include discussion of the seasonal habits of the elusive walleye, proven techniques for finding fish, and a question-and-answer session. Classes will run 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following parks (counties):

Tom's News Item on Michigan DNR Free Fishing Weekend 2-15 indexCaptain Ken Clark of Fishmas Charters in Whitehall, Mich., who will teach the classes, stressed the value of the time, effort and money that goes into preserving and promoting fishing in Michigan.

“If not for the joint efforts of the DNR and local fishing clubs, there would be no walleye to catch,” said Clark, a self-professed “walleye snob” and a 20-year charter boat captain. “I teach fishing classes for the DNR’s Rec 101 program because without their work, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the sport I love.”

At the end of each class, two lucky participants will randomly be chosen to accompany Clark for an hour of fishing directly after the program. Winners must have valid fishing licensed to participate in the fishing excursion. Participants 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Classes may be canceled in the event of severe weather.

For more information or to sign up for a class, please contact Elissa Buck at 989-313-0000 or email

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

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(Top photo courtesy of Michigan DNR)

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