Gear up for Winter Free Fishing Weekend!

LANSING — Sen. John Proos reminds residents that Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, mark the first of two free fishing weekends in Michigan this year. The summer weekend is scheduled for June 9-10.

“Michigan’s free fishing weekends provide great opportunities for Michigan families and out-of-state visitors to get together and enjoy the state’s inland and Great Lakes waters,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage Southwest Michigan residents who love winter fishing to participate in this excellent outdoor activity this weekend. It is also a great time for those who have never gone wintertime fishing to try it free of charge.”

During the weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived, but all fishing regulations still apply. Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams.

For more information on the Winter Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit

“The Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center is also offering a winter fishing day Saturday,” Proos said. “Area children and teenagers from age 5 to 16 will be able to learn the basics of ice fishing and try out their skills on the ice. This is another way to spark the love of fishing in children and have a good time in Southwest Michigan’s great outdoors.”

Ice Fishing 101 is on Feb. 18 at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Contact the center by phone at (269) 668-2876, email Shana Ramsey at, or visit the center’s website at: Please remember to dress appropriately for winter conditions.