Experience #MiFreeFishingWeekend Feb. 18-19 statewide

Great opportunity for residents and non-residents to fish without a license.
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Statewide DNR News

Jan. 4, 2017

Contact: Elyse Walter, 517-284-5839

Experience #MiFreeFishingWeekend Feb. 18-19 and enjoy the outdoors

Girl holding up a fish while out ice fishingGrab a fishing rod and enjoy some of the finest fishing Michigan has to offer during the 2017 Winter Free Fishing Weekend, set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19. On those two days, everyone – residents and non-residents alike – can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply.

During #MiFreeFishingWeekend, the DNR also will waive the regular Recreation Passport entry fee that grants vehicle access to Michigan’s 103 state parks and recreation areas. Several of these locations will host official 2017 Winter Free Fishing Weekend events perfect for the whole family.

Michigan has celebrated 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.

“There’s 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 michigan.gov/freefishing

/Editors’ note: Accompanying photos are available below for download. Suggested photo captions follow.

2017WinterFFW-promo1.jpg -- Michigan offers outstanding winter fishing. Consider experiencing it for yourself during the 2017 Winter Free Fishing Weekend Feb. 18-19.

2017WinterFFW-promo2.jpg -- Grab some friends to join in #MiFreeFishingWeekend Feb. 18-19.

2017WinterFFW-promo4.jpg -- During the weekend of Feb. 18-19 (Michigan's annual #MiFreeFishingWeekend), give a kid the outdoors experience of a lifetime./

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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