Free Fishing Weekend returns in 2021!
Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan's premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE!
The 2021 Free Fishing Weekend dates for winter: February 13 & 14 and summer: June 12 & 13.
All fishing license fees will be waived for 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.
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.
My First Fish! or My Big Fish!
Celebrate the catching of a child's first fish or a big fish with these printable certificates:
Registration will open for 2021 Winter Free Fishing Weekend events in December of 2020.
At this time we are not registering events for June 2020 as they often draw large crowds and people are not able to social distance during these festivities. We hope that you will enjoy Free Fishing Weekend this summer with your families.
- Free Fishing Weekend Event Media/Promotion e-Toolkit
Already have a Free Fishing Weekend event planned? Feel free to use these materials as you promote your event.
- Free Fishing Weekend Event Planning e-Toolkit
Thinking about coordinating a Free Fishing Weekend event? Feel free to use these materials as you start planning.