(Lansing - January 07, 2018) - Grab a fishing rod and enjoy some of the
finest fishing Michigan has to offer during the 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend
Saturday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, Feb. 18. On those two days, everyone – residents
and non-residents alike – can fish without a license, though all other fishing
regulations still apply.
In addition, during #MiFreeFishingWeekend, the Department of Natural
Resources will waive the regular Recreation Passport entry fee that grants
vehicle access to Michigan’s 103 state parks and recreation areas. Several
locations also may be hosting official 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend events
that are perfect for the whole family.
Michigan has been celebrating
winter’s #MiFreeFishingWeekend 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.
nothing better than bundling up and heading out on the ice for Michigan’s annual
Winter Free Fishing Weekend,” said Jim Dexter, DNR Fisheries Division chief.
“For those avid anglers, we encourage you to take someone out who has never
experienced winter fishing to show them how simple and fun it can be.”
Official winter #MiFreeFishingWeekend 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 list of
these events can be found online at