MARQUETTE - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds everyone that Winter Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, Feb 19, and Sunday, Feb. 20.
On that weekend, everyone - residents and non-residents alike - can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations apply.
Michigan has been celebrating Winter Free Fishing Weekend annually since 2000 as a way to promote awareness of the state's aquatic resources. 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 natural match.
"Fishing is a perfect way for families to spend time together while enjoying the beautiful scenery Michigan has to offer in the wintertime," said DNRE Director Rodney Stokes. "It is a low-cost and interactive outdoor activity - perfect for engaging children in the great outdoors."