Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Free Fishing Weekend is here: Perfect for kids, no license required!

photo courtesy of Michigan Department of Natural Resources
     Winter free fishing weekend has arrived. Children, adults, residents and non-residents alike can
 all fish for free without a license in the State of Michigan on Saturday, February 15th and  Sunday February 16th.  The only stipulation is fishing regulations must be followed and Recreation Passport is required to enter a  Michigan State Park or 
State Recreation Area with a vehicle.
 This special DNR event occurs twice a year to introduce everyone to the pleasures of fishing.
(The summer free fishing weekend will be June 7th and 8th)

"Michigan is home to many fun and family friendly activities  during the cold months and  fishing is definitely among the most popular," said DNR director Keith Creagh."Our Winter Free Fishing Weekend is a great time for people to  get outdoors and explore the broad range of  Pure Michigan fishing opportunities. There is something for everyone - 
on your own or with a friend or the family." 

Fishing events are scheduled  across the State to encourage involvement and many make it easier for children that have never ice fished. Two Oakland County sites with special events are Seven Lakes State Park in Holly Township ( Ice Fishing Derby) and Bald Mountain State Recreation Area in Orion Township  has "Into to Ice Fishing" that includes instructions and loan of gear. 
 For full details on all Free Fishing Weekend events across the state visit Open the 2014 Official  Events Link and look for your county.
Seven Lakes and Bald Mountain even loan ice fishing equipment for this event.
Or be like my young experienced fisher friend Ryan ( below) and find your own lake!
    Happy Ryan Burkeen with a northern pike from an Oakland County Park
Visit  Destination Oakland


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