Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE! The 2020 Free Fishing Weekends are scheduled February 15-16 and June 13-14. All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. A Recreational 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.
Many locations around the state hold fun events during the weekend. Locally, the annual Ice Fishing Derby will take place at Seven Lakes State Park in Holly on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10am-2pm. The derby, sponsored by the Izaak Walton League of America, is a fun event for the entire family. At this free event, there will be prizes awarded and every kid will walk away with a gift. They will even drill holes in the ice for anyone who asks. There will be a warming fire at the picnic shelter and refreshments will be provided. There is a limited amount of fishing gear available on a first-come, first-serve basis.