Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekends: An annual tradition

GENESEE COUNTY – It will be a different event this year for sure, but the Dept. of Natural Resources still encourages anglers of all levels and abilities to take part in the first of two annual free fishing weekends. Aboveaverage temperatures this winter are keeping anglers off the lakes and rivers and safety should always come first. No ice is safe ice, says the DNR. Use extreme caution before venturing onto any frozen surface. Still, many communities are still providing fishing derbys, clinics and limited free use of fishing equipment for those who may not own any.

Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE! The 2016 Free Fishing Weekends are scheduled for this winter: February 13 and 14 and this summer: June 11 and 12.

All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and out-ofstate 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.

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