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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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Catch & Cook Partnership Launches for Michiganders

Friday, May 25, 2012

Anglers can set out on a charter boat in the morning and enjoy their fresh catch at a restaurant in the afternoon under a new program being launched prior to Memorial Day weekend in time for the start of the summer season. Called Catch & Cook, the program brings together the best of a Michigan day – time on the water, and time at the table with family and friends – while supporting local economies and Michigan businesses.  Read Full Story

Fish for FREE in Michigan this weekend

Thursday, February 16, 2012

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone the annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19. On that weekend, residents and non-residents alike, can fish without a license, although all other fishing regulations still apply.Michigan has been celebrating Winter Free Fishing Weekend annually since 1994 as a way to promote awareness of the state's vast aquatic resources.  Read Full Story

‘Discovery Weekend’ takes women outdoors

Monday, December 05, 2011

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer a “Winter Discovery Weekend” – designed to give women an opportunity to try a variety of outdoor skills in a fun, safe and non-competitive environment – Jan 27-29 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon. The event is part of the DNR’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program, and classes are geared toward beginners, with no skill level required.  Read Full Story

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