For two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premier outdoor activities – fishing – for free! Michigan’s free fishing weekends occur twice a year.
Michigan’s Winter Free Fishing and State Park Access Weekend
This year’s winter Free Fishing Weekend dates are Feb. 13 and 14.
All fishing license fees will be waived those two days. A Recreation Passport will not be required for entry into state parks and boating access sites during Free Fishing Weekend. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply.
New to winter fishing? Learn more about ice fishing basics.
For printable certificates to celebrate a child’s first fish or a big fish, or for more information about Free Fishing Weekends, visit Michigan.gov/FreeFishing.
Michigan’s Summer Free Fishing Weekend
June 12 & 13, 2021, All fishing license fees will be waived for two days.
Want to know when future Free Fishing Weekends will be? The winter weekend is always the Saturday and Sunday of President’s Day weekend and the summer weekend is always the Saturday and Sunday following the first full week of June.