Zorn encourages anglers to enjoy free winter fishing

LANSING, Mich. — Free fishing! Sen. Dale Zorn is reminding area residents that Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17, mark the first of two free fishing weekends in Michigan this year. The summer weekend is scheduled for June 8-9.

“Michigan offers two weekends every year when residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy Michigan’s world-class fishing — at no charge,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The free fishing weekends provide excellent opportunities for families to introduce the joy of fishing to children. This weekend is also a chance for even the most experienced angler to try winter fishing for the first time.”

During the weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived and vehicles will be able to enter state parks and use boating sites without a recreation passport.

Residents and visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland lakes and the Great Lakes for all species of fish, but all fishing regulations still apply.

For more information on Winter Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

The website also includes a link to information about ice fishing in the “Learn to Fish” section. An “Ice Fishing Basics” article features good safety advice and basics on getting started and commonly used equipment.

“Winter fishing can be a fun and unique outdoor activity, but remember that it all starts with being safe — which is as easy as following safety procedures and being prepared before heading out on the ice,” Zorn said.