Michigan’s Winter 2017 Free Fishing Weekend February 18-19

Featured image: Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Paradise, Michigan (photo by Cheryl Landes)

With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes, and tens of thousands of miles of rivers, Michigan is a prime fishing destination. Each year for one weekend in the winter and summer, the state allows residents and non-residents to fish for all species of fish anywhere in the state for free. During these weekends, a fishing license is not required, but state fishing regulations still apply.

The 2017 weekends are February 18-19 and June 10-11.

Ten counties are hosting special events during the Winter Free Fishing Weekend: Bay, Benzie, Grand, Gratiot, Isabella, Leelanau, Mecosta, Montcalm, Tuscola, and Wexford. View event details by county.

For more information or to register a free fishing weekend event, visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website. Registered events are listed on the Free Fishing Weekend events page.

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