The twice-per-year event, put on by the state Department of Natural Resources, waives all fishing license fees so participants may fish both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish at no charge, said Kowall, who sponsored the law establishing free fishing weekends when he was a state representative. All fishing regulations still apply.
“Winter fishing in Michigan is great fun, and it provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “Since fishing is free this weekend throughout the 15th Senate District and across the state, there is no better time to get out there.”
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. The 16th Senate District contains 115 lakes and ponds, making it one of the most attractive areas for fishing opportunities in the state.
For more information on the Winter Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.