Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE!Winter Free Fishing Weekend graphic

The 2015 Free Fishing Weekends are scheduled for this winter: February 14 & 15 and this summer: June 13 & 14.

All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply.

For many, the annual Free Fishing Weekend has become a tradition – a time to get together and have some fishing fun. While some may find time to reflect while fishing, there are no limits to variations on a great theme! Experienced anglers who offer a child or young adult the chance to take their first fishing trip can provide a rewarding experience for all. People who fish tend to understand the natural aquatic network of plants and animals that help to sustain fish as well as the regulations that govern fishing in Michigan.

Research shows that young people today do not have access to fishing opportunities that were enjoyed by generations before them. 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 offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. Included are more than 12,000 miles of trout waters, for which approximately 1,000 miles are considered Michigan’s finest.

So grab a rod and your family and friends, and let’s go fishing!
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Never ice fished before?

Maybe you’ve seen them sitting on buckets in the middle of a frozen lake, and you wonder: Is that any fun? Maybe you’re the one sitting on a bucket, in which case you know the answer: Yeah, it’s fun! Why else would anyone fish when the water is frozen?

You might also know that being an ice fisherman means belonging to a subculture in the angling world, and like any group, it has its own rules, jokes, and customs. Learning them is as important as being able to put fish on the ice. The good news is that you couldn’t pick a better time to join the club.

Call it a miracle on ice: The trend of high-tech gear and electronics and refined tactics has finally made it to ice fishing. The drill-and-hope approach of the recent past (think Grumpy Old Men) has been replaced by a new culture that catches more fish than ever. But don’t worry, some things never change. Even the most modern lures are still improved with a hunk of minnow, and the day isn’t complete without beer and brats, no matter how many fish you catch.

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