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Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan returns next weekend

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Posted at 10:03 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 10:03:06-05

(WXYZ) — Michigan free fishing weekend is returning for the winter next weekend. It runs Feb. 13 and 14, and all fishing license fees will be waived.

On top of that, a Michigan Recreation Passport will not be required for entry into Michigan State Parks and boating access sites during the weekend.

It's open to both residents and out-of-state visitors on both inland lakes and Great Lakes for all species of fish.

The DNR does have these safety tips to follow when ice fishing.

  • Steer clear of dark spots or places where the snow looks discolored
  • Never fish alone
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return
  • Always test the ice with a spud (described later)
  • Take the appropriate emergency items, such as a lifejacket and ice picks
  • Take a cell phone with you in case you need to call for help
  • Dress in your warmest winter clothes; fill a thermos with hot coffee, chocolate or tea; and bring an empty bucket or old lawn chair to sit on.