Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan's premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE!
The 2019 Free Fishing Weekends are scheduled for this winter: February 16 & 17 and this summer: June 8 & 9.
The 2020 Free Fishing Weekends are schedule for winter: February 15 & 16 and summer: June 13 & 14.
All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. A Recreation Passport will NOT be required for entry into state parks and recreation areas 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.
During the Summer Free Fishing Weekend it is also Free ORV Weekend!
Many locations around the state hold fun events during the weekend. Check back each year for events happening locally!
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.
- Free Fishing Weekend - Official Event Registration
Registration for 2019 Summer Free Fishing Weekend events is NOW CLOSED. Registrations were accepted for public events only.
- 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.