Michigan hoping to lure in anglers with free fishing weekend

Feb 15, 2014

This weekend, state wildlife officials want people to go fish.

Today and tomorrow, people can fish in Michigan's lakes and streams without a license.

The Department of Natural Resources hopes the free fishing weekends will introduce newcomers, visitors and folks with rusty skills to one of Michigan's most popular sports.

“You know, if you are on an inland lake, this is a great time of year to do some pan fishing because that's the easiest thing to start with,” says Debbie Munson Badini, A DNR spokeswoman, “So that would be going for sunfish or crappies or maybe some perch.”

Community groups and parks throughout the state are holding family-friendly events with equipment to rent or borrow.

Entrance fees may apply.

Several are offering workshops to teach people how to fish.

For a list of events, visit mi.gov/freefishing