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Michigan Free Fishing Weekend: Enjoy 3 days of fishing without a license

Recreation Passports not required to access state parks

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DETROIT – Enjoy three days of fishing this weekend even if you don’t have a fishing license.

Michigan hosts two Free Fishing Weekends each year. This winter’s includes Saturday, Sunday and Monday because the Department of Natural Resources is moving to a new system, so fishing licenses can’t be purchased during that time.

Additionally, Recreation Passports are not needed to enter state parks during the weekend and Monday.

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All other rules and regulations apply.

Normally, a yearly fishing license is required to catch fish in Michigan waters. Licenses can be purchased here.


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