Enjoy Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend Feb. 19-20

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment
reminds everyone that Winter Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for
Saturday, Feb 19, and Sunday, Feb. 20. On that weekend, everyone –
residents and non-residents alike – can fish without a license,
though all other fishing regulations apply.

Michigan has been celebrating Winter Free Fishing Weekend
annually since 2000 as a way to promote awareness of the state’s
aquatic resources. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes
shoreline, 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan
and fishing are a natural match.

“Fishing is a perfect way for families to spend time together
while enjoying the beautiful scenery Michigan has to offer in the
wintertime,” said DNRE Director Rodney Stokes. “It is a low-cost
and interactive outdoor activity ? perfect for engaging children in
the great outdoors.”

A number of activities at state parks have been scheduled to
coincide with the weekend, while clubs, local communities and
conservation organizations are also staging events. Many provide
bait and free use of equipment. The events often include
experienced anglers willing to introduce novices into the joy of

For a list of Free Fishing Events scheduled across the state,
visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

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