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Free Fishing Weekend

Did you miss Free Fishing Weekend? 

Don't worry, there are still plenty of fishing opportunities awaiting you. Just buy a fishing license and head on out.

Drilling a hole for ice fishing.
Get out there and drill a hole!

As a reminder, spring trout ponds and certain Lake Michigan tributaries remain closed to trout fishing. Other trout waters are catch and release only and only artificial lures may be used until the season opener on May 1, 2021. Please review the trout regulations and 2020-2021 Hook and Line regulations for more information and exceptions.

If you plan to keep your catch, be sure to consult the DNR's Safe Eating Guidelines to stay informed of potential consumption advisories impacting some water bodies throughout the state.

No Ice Is Safe Ice

Please exercise caution before heading out on the ice. Be aware of the honeycomb effect, which occurs after freeze-thaw-freeze conditions and weakens the ice. Check with local bait shops for current ice conditions where you plan to fish.

Stay safely on shore if ice conditions are questionable. Is open water within casting distance? Give that a try.

Always be sure to tell someone where you are going and when you'll return. Learn more about ice safety here.

Social Distancing And Fishing

While you're out, please remember to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from those who do not live with you. Have a mask handy in case you need it; it will also keep your face warm.

Tried Fishing And Loved It? Get Your License Now.

New to fishing or haven’t bought a fishing license in 10 years? Want to make it a healthy habit? Try our First-time buyer - Welcome back resident license for only $5. Buy yours today.

Learn more about purchasing a fishing license so you'll be ready to fish any time of the year.

Mark Your Calendar

Free Fishing Weekends are always held the third full weekend in January and the first full weekend in June. For 2021 and 2022, the dates will be June 5-6, 2021; January 15-16, 2022 and June 4-5, 2022.