Michigan 2016 free fishing weekend February 13 and 14

Rep. Cole encourages Northern Michigan residents to join free fishing weekend

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, encourages anglers to partake in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Free Fishing Weekend this Feb. 13 and 14.

The department is waiving fishing license requirements for the upcoming weekend so residents and tourists across the state looking to drop a line will be able to enjoy Michigan’s premier fishing waters.

“This is a great opportunity to relax and get away from all the chaos that surrounds our everyday lives for a chance to show a youngster how to fish,” Rep. Cole said. “I’ll never forget when my Grandpa taught me to how to ice fish for the first time, these are fond memories that have always stuck with me and encouraged me to get seriously involved with outdoor recreational sports.”

Rep. Cole noted that the DNR suggests carrying a pair of ice picks or ice claws when you venture onto frozen lakes. In addition, the DNR recommends:

  • Do not take a car or truck on the ice at any time;
  • Never venture out alone without sharing with someone your plans;
  • Test ice thickness with an ice spud before you settle on a spot;
  • If fishing in a group, spread out to avoid stress on the ice; and
  • Avoid areas of the ice showing large cracks or depressions.

During the weekend all other fishing rules and requirements, such as size and species limits, apply. The next free fishing weekend is June 11-12.

For more information, please visit the Michigan DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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