MICHIGAN – Winter weather is the perfect opportunity to cuddle up with your loved ones, but you don’t have to stay inside to have an awesome Valentine’s Day weekend! Take your valentine fishing during Free Fishing Weekend, Feb. 13-14. 

Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy world-class fishing – without a fishing license – on both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species. Just keep in mind that all fishing regulations still apply. 

The Recreation Passport fee for vehicle entry into state parks and boating access sites also is waived during this weekend.

This time of year brings more anglers out on the frozen waters to fish because, unlike warmer months, it’s easier to get just about anywhere on a lake during ice fishing season without a boat. Regardless of the season, you should always make safety a priority. Whether you’re a beginner or an avid angler, review ice fishing safety tips at Michigan.gov/IceSafety. 

Before you head out on the water, visit Michigan.gov/Fishing for fishing tips, regulation information and the weekly fishing report. New to ice fishing? Check out our how-to videos, which cover ice fishing basics, demonstrations on how to drill a hole in the ice and suggested gear and equipment.

Take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend with the ones you love (as long as you’re at least 6 feet apart from those outside your household) to get outdoors and experience some excellent fishing. Keep a face mask handy for times when social distancing isn’t possible.

Want to share photos of your catch or your time on the ice? Use #MiFreeFishingWeekend on social media.

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