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Free Fishing in Michigan This Weekend

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Just a reminder that all Michigan residents and non-residents can fish without a license this Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15. Please note all other fishing regulations still apply.Free Fishing Weekend

Saturday and Sunday make up the Winter Free Fishing Weekend – an annual effort to encourage folks to get outside to experience Michigan’s winter water wonderland. While many individuals and families will head out to fish for free on their own, the DNR is pleased to point out there are numerous organized events scheduled throughout the state to celebrate this weekend as well. 

Various counties throughout Michigan will host scheduled events; including Arenac, Baraga, Bay, Chippewa, Emmet, Gogebic, Huron, Ingham, Iosco, Mackinac, Muskegon, Oakland, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wexford. Please note most events are weather dependent. 

If you'd like to see all of the events occurring this weekend, visit the official event chart online.

For more information about the 2015 Winter Free Fishing Weekend please visit

New to the sport of ice fishing? Check out this video! 
If you’re a novice angler who’s anxious to head out onto the ice you’ll want to make sure you take the appropriate equipment with you! Join the DNR’s Tom Goniea as he shows you what you’ll need to have a successful trip!

Screenshot of ice fishing how-to video

Join the fun – sign-up for Fish Bites!
Do you know a young person who would love to receive his/her own email? Are you a teacher looking for fishing-related ideas for your students? Are you a parent wanting to expose your child to more outdoor fun? Sign up for Fish Bites, a quarterly e-newsletter from the DNR that is made specifically for students, parents and teachers to share all things fishing! 

Each email includes fun facts, stories and games! Just visit the Fish Bites sign-up page to get started. 

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