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MICHIGAN — Everyone in Michigan is invited to fish for free Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18, for the 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend. A license is not required to fish those two days, but all other fishing regulations still apply.
These two days make up #MiFreeFishingWeekend – an annual effort to promote Michigan’s world-class fishing opportunities.
While many individuals and families will bundle up and head out to fish for free on their own, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources points out that there are many events organized throughout the state to get you started, too.
One is the Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department 9th Annual Ice Fishing Contest (Gogebic County)
Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join this event that features thousands of door and raffle prizes and lots of indoor kids activities.
All events are subject to weather conditions.
The DNR Recreation Passport is not required for entry to state parks and recreation areas.
There are many other events scheduled in locations throughout the state. Information about these events, including those listed above, can be found at michigan.gov/freefishing.
Michigan has been celebrating the Winter Free Fishing Weekend annually since 1994. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan and fishing are a natural match.