Michigan DNR to host Free Fishing Weekend

Published: Feb. 11, 2019 at 11:34 AM EST
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You're invited to fish for free in Michigan this weekend, and state parks are also waiving their entry fees.

2019's Winter Free Fishing Weekend is Saturday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 17. You won't need a license to fish on either of those days.

Several organized events are scheduled for throughout the weekend. You can find more information below and at


From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:
Everyone in Michigan is invited to fish for free Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17, for the 2019 Winter Free Fishing Weekend. A license is not required to fish those two days, but all other fishing regulations still apply. Throughout this weekend, too, state parks will waive the Recreation Passport entry fee normally required for vehicle entry. #MiFreeFishingWeekend is an ongoing effort to promote Michigan’s plentiful world-class fishing opportunities. While many people will bundle up and head out to fish on their own, there are several organized events already scheduled throughout the state, including: • OAC Outdoors – Michigan Free Fishing Weekend (Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. both days). Learn about proper ice-fishing equipment and safety practices at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit. Equipment will be provided. • Free Ice-Fishing Day for Kids at Camp Pet-o-se-ga in Alanson (Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.). Join volunteers for plenty of ice-fishing instruction. Fishing gear, hot chocolate and hot dogs will be provided. • 10th Annual Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department Fishing Contest (Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). This annual effort benefits the Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department and is fun for the whole family. Check for events in your area by visiting All events are subject to weather conditions.

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