Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend Events for Families

All fishing licenses are waived for two days only, February 15-16, 2020. Gather up your gear and reel in the fun with your whole family at these Michigan Free Fishing Weekend events.

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Love to fish? On February 15-16, 2020, southeast Michigan families can take advantage of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

All fishing licenses are waived for those two days this summer (the fun happens again next June), so grab your rod and your bait and head out to one of these awesome free fishing events.

Not only do all of these events include free fishing, but numerous activities will be held as well.

From snacks and beverages to fishing competitions, these events have something in store for everyone in your family. They are perfect for expert fishermen – as well as little tots just learning to cast a line.

Don’t forget: Some events require advance registration, so make sure to reserve your spot! And be sure to check ahead to see if some of these fishing spots require an entrance fee. All catch restrictions still apply.

Bay City State Park Free Fishing Festival

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Feb. 15, 2020

  • Address: Bay City Recreation Area, 3582 State Park Drive, Bay City
  • Phone: 989-667-0717
  • Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

This fun festival offers a family fishing derby, youth fishing clinic, kids’ casting contest, educational programming and much more.

Seven Lakes State Park – Free Fishing Derby

Feb. 15, 2020

  • Address: Seven Lakes State Park, 14390 Fish Lake Road, Holly
  • Phone: 248-634-7271
  • Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Meet at the Meadow Ridge Shelter on Big Seven Lake for a fun day of fishing. Loaner gear is available. Refreshments and prizes provided.

Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery – Wild About Winter Activity Day

Feb. 15, 2020

  • Address: Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery and Visitors Center, 34270 County Road, Mattawan
  • Phone: 269-668-2876
  • Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Gather round a fire to learn about ice fishing and then enjoy a scavenger hunt and other outdoor activities.

Rifle River Recreation Area Winterfest

Feb. 15, 2020

  • Address: Rifle River Recreation Area, 2550 E. Rose City Road, Lupton
  • Phone: 989-473-2258
  • Time: Noon-2 p.m.

This fest features hayrides, sledding, snowshoeing and ice fishing (if conditions allow). Bring your own sleds and fishing gear.

Kids’ Fishing Fest

Feb. 15-16, 2020

  • Address: William G. Milliken State Park, 1900 Atwater St., Detroit
  • Phone: 844-622-6367
  • Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Staff from the Michigan DNR, Outdoor Adventure Center and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will give fishing lessons. Snacks, giveaways, bait and equipment included, courtesy of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

 This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.

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