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Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan


Saturday, February 17 through Sunday, February 18, 2024


  • Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premier outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE! Upcoming Free Fishing Weekend dates for 2024 are: February 17 & 18,  and  June 8 & 9, 2024. All fishing license fees will be waived for 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.Recreation Passport will NOT be required for entry into state parks and boating access sites during Free Fishing Weekends.Free Fishing Weekend on  June 8 & 9, 2024 is held in conjunction with “Three Free” weekend, where residents and nonresidents can grab a fishing rod, ride the off-road trails and visit state parks and boating access sites – all free of charge. During Free ORV Weekend, Michigan residents and visitors legally can ride without buying an ORV license or trail permit. All other ORV rules and laws still apply. For more information about Free ORV Weekends, visit can enjoy the outdoors and fish with your family, friends or make it a solo trip!

    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.


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