Winter Free Fishing weekend Feb. 14-15|
State recreation officials today announced Michigan's Winter Free Fishing Weekend Feb. 14-15, when fishing license fees are waived for residents and nonresidents. All other fishing regulations still apply.
The Winter Free Fishing Weekend encourages Michigan residents and visitors to sample Michigan’s year-round angling opportunities. Those who try fishing during the free weekend could discover a new hobby on one of more than 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, or 3,000 miles of Michigan’s Great Lakes shoreline.
"Ice fishing offers an opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to experience Michigan’s exceptional natural resources in a new way,” said DNR Acting Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter. “With an abundance of game fish throughout the state’s inland waters, anglers can catch large predator species such as northern pike, or a bag full of panfish for exceptional table fare. While bluegill, perch, trout and walleye are the most popular ice fishing species, Michigan waters are home to nearly two dozen species guaranteed to delight anglers of all ages.”
The Free Fishing Weekend does not include President’s Day, Feb. 16.