The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is letting anyone drop a line during the free fishing weekend.
February 15 and 16 mark the latest free fishing weekend, touted by the Michigan DNR as a yearly tradition and a great way to introduce the sport to people who may otherwise never learn about it.
All fishing license fees will be waived for two days this weekend, and two later this summer on June 7 and 8. 2014.
“Research shows that young people today do not have access to fishing opportunities that were enjoyed by generations before them,” said the DNR in its story about the event. “Some of the reasons: living in urban or suburban areas where fishing access is not readily available, competition for time by an ever-increasing schedule of special activities, and too little time for unstructured leisure.”
Michigan is home to some of the top freshwater game fish in the country. A total of 3,000 of Great Lake shoreline, as well as 11,000 inland lakes and thousands of miles of rivers and creeks, give anglers in the state plenty of opportunities to find what they are casting for.
And though many of the lakes and streams will remain frozen over through the weekend, ice fishing
For a rundown of the fish you can catch in Michigan, check here.