|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 www.michigan.gov/freefishing 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!