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No fishing license required in Michigan Feb. 13-14

Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Department of Natural Resources wants to remind everyone the annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14. That weekend, everyone – residents and non-residents alike – can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply.

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.

"Michigan offers many enjoyable winter outdoor activities, and fishing is among the most popular options," said Bill Moritz, DNR director. "We encourage everyone to get outside this February and explore the angling opportunities available throughout the state – on your own, with your family or with some good friends."

Organized Winter Free Fishing Weekend activities are being scheduled in communities across the state to assist with public participation. These activities are coordinated by a variety of organizations including constituent groups, schools, local and state parks, businesses and others.

A full listing, which will be updated as new event information becomes available, can be found online at michigan.gov/freefishing. This website also offers an online toolkit for those who would like assistance in planning and promoting a local event.


tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Fishing

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