Column: Free fishing weekend

Feb. 11, 2013

Free fishing weekend
By Sen. Joe Hune

This weekend, Feb. 16 and 17, marks the “Free Fishing Weekend” conducted twice per year by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful lakes and rivers in Michigan.

For many, the Free Fishing Weekend has become a tradition. While some may find time to reflect while fishing, there are no limits to variations on a great theme! Experienced anglers who offer a child or young adult the chance to take their first fishing trip can provide a rewarding experience for all.

Did I mention it is free? All fishing license fees will be waived for these two days. 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.

Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, over 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams. Included are 12,000 miles of trout waters.

So take advantage of this great opportunity this weekend and enjoy the great outdoors!

If you have any further questions please email my office at or dial toll-free 1-855-563-4863 and my staff will be happy to assist you.


Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.