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DNR hosts annual Free Fishing Weekend

Michigan's next Free Fishing Weekend, Feb. 16-17, 2019, is the perfect time to get outdoors and try your luck at some of the best world-class fishing available. No license needed all weekend long, though all other regulations apply. (Photo Courtesy: Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is inviting ice fishermen of all ages to take part in their annual Free Fishing Weekend.

The event is Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17.

All weekend, a license will not be required to fish, but all other fishing regulations still apply.

State parks throughout Michigan will also be waiving the Recreation Passport entry fee that is normally required for vehicle entry.

#MiFreeFishingWeekend is an ongoing effort to promote Michigan’s plentiful world-class fishing opportunities.

While many people will bundle up and head out to fish on their own, there are several organized events already scheduled throughout the state, including:

OAC Outdoors

  • Michigan Free Fishing Weekend
  • Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. both days
  • Learn about proper ice-fishing equipment and safety practices at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit
  • Equipment will be provided

Free Ice-Fishing Day for Kids at Camp Pet-o-se-ga in Alanson

  • Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Join volunteers for plenty of ice-fishing instruction. Fishing gear, hot chocolate and hot dogs will be provided.

10th Annual Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department Fishing Contest

  • Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • This annual effort benefits the Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department and is fun for the whole family

For events happening in your area, check out the DNR's Free Fishing website.

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