Everybody who loves fishing will be feeling the love Valentine’s Day weekend in Michigan.
Both days, residents and nonresidents alike can fish for free on Michigan waters without a license. Just remember that all other fishing regulations, such as season, size, and limits, still apply.
“Michigan’s winter months offer excellent opportunities to enjoy our state’s great outdoors, and fishing is a popular option for all ages,” said DNR Director Keith Creagh. “The Winter Free Fishing Weekend is an easy, low-commitment way for anglers of all experience and skill levels to explore and enjoy Michigan’s world-class natural resources and one of our state’s most beloved outdoor traditions.”
Organized activities related to the Winter Free Fishing Weekend are scheduled across the state. A variety of organizations put on the events, including constituent groups, schools, local and state parks, businesses and others. Activities include fishing derbies, ice fishing clinics, and festivals
A full list of these fish for free events can be found at the Michigan DNR website.
Michigan has celebrated the Winter Free Fishing Weekend every year since 1994 as a way to promote awareness of the state’s vast aquatic resources. 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 perfect match.