Tips to Make the Most of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend

All fishing licenses are waived for two days only, Feb. 13-14, 2021, but this year's Free Fishing Weekend is going to look a bit different. Here are tips to make the most of it.

Love to fish? On Feb. 13-14, 2021, southeast Michigan families can take advantage of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend — and this year, free off-road vehicle weekend, too!

In 2021, things are looking a little different during this annual event. Fishing licenses and state park entry fees are still waived, but because metro Detroit and Ann Arbor are just coming out of coronavirus lockdown, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any official events in our area.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an afternoon of fishing with your family. Here are some tips and trick to help make the most of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend in 2021.

Casting out with kids

An expert with the Michigan Wildlife Council offers tips on preparing for a fishing trip with kids, including what to bring, ways to keep them from becoming bored and more.

Places to fish in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Check out our list of fantastic fishing spots in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties!

First Fish Certificate

If your kids catch their first fish ever this year, download the free first fish certificate by the Michigan DNR and celebrate their catch!

Learn about kids’ fishing licenses

If your kid really enjoyed fishing during the Free Fishing Weekend, get details on what you need to do to get your child a fishing license so he or she can fish any time of year.

This post is updated twice per year.

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