No Fishing License Required in Michigan on Feb. 16-17

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 01/17/2013 - 23:57

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone the annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17. 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 and many fishing opportunities. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan and fishing are a perfect match.

"Fishing is one of Michigan’s most popular outdoor activities in the winter, and for good reason," said DNR Director Keith Creagh. "It’s a fun, inexpensive activity anyone of just about any age can pursue – on your own or along with family and friends. We encourage people to get outdoors this February and experience the thrill of the catch, for free!"

Organized Free Fishing Weekend activities are being scheduled in communities across the state. These activities are coordinated by a variety of organizations including constituent groups, schools, local and state parks, businesses and others. A full list of events can be found online at

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