Stamas: Enjoy free winter fishing this weekend

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Jim Stamas is reminding residents that the state’s annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend is Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17.

“This weekend, Michigan anglers and those who have never gone fishing have the chance to experience some of the world’s best fishing — free of charge,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “I encourage area families to take advantage of this opportunity to introduce the joy of fishing to children or to just get away from the stress of life and relax in the Michigan outdoors.”

During the weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived and vehicles will be able to enter state parks and use boating sites without a recreation passport.

Residents and visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland lakes and the Great Lakes for all species of fish, but all fishing regulations still apply.

“Be mindful that ice fishing can be dangerous if people do not follow safety procedures or head out on the ice unprepared,” Stamas said. “For those who have not tried winter fishing, information is available online to help make your experience safe, fun and successful.”

For more information on Winter Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit

The website also includes a link to information about ice fishing in the “Learn to Fish” section. An “Ice Fishing Basics” article features good safety advice and basics on getting started and commonly used equipment.