The Ultimate Guide to Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan

Twice a year, Michigan hosts a “free fishing weekend” to promote the recreational sport and encourage residents and visitors to explore the outdoors. We have the all-encompassing guide on free fishing weekend in Michigan and the best places to take advantage of the chance to fish for free in the Wolverine state!

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All About Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan

When is Free Fishing Weekend

Michigan has free fishing weekend’s twice a year: one in the winter and one in the summer. The dates are always the third weekend in February and the second weekend in June respectively. While all fishing regulations apply, fishing license fees will be waived during the weekends and anglers will be allowed to fish on inland streams and the Great Lakes for all species of fish.

“Three Free Weekend” is held during the summer Free Fishing Weekend and opens up the state parks and public boating access sites free of charge for both residents and non-residents alike. This is a great chance to see our beautiful state parks during the summer!

Where to go Fishing in Michigan

There are plenty of great spots to go fishing in Michigan, but it all depends on what you are looking to catch! The two most popular regions for fishing is the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan for their proximity to the Great Lakes teeming with a wide variety of fish.

Upper Peninsula

The Upper Peninsula is surrounded by Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and Lake Superior as well as contains some inland lakes and streams in Ottawa National Forest. The Lake Michigan shoreline offers the opportunity to cast from land, but we recommend a charter fishing adventure to enhance your experience!

Fish to expect to find in the UP: Chinook, Coho, Lake Trout, Whitefish, Steelhead, Bass, Perch, and Splake.

Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan has access to Lake Michigan from Traverse City and Lake Huron from Oscoda, but it is well known for its in-state lakes, state parks, and rivers. Lake Charlevoix and Leelanau are two of the most well-known in-state lake experiences and are popular places year-round.

Fish to expect to find in Northern Michigan: Bluegill, Crappie, Rock Bass, Walleye (Lake Leelanau), Salmon, Trout, Catfish, Northern Pike, and Whitefish.

Plan Your Fishing Adventure in the Wolverine State

Whether you want to watch car racing, take long walks on the beach, or explore stunning waterfalls, Freshwater Vacation Rentals has the perfect property for you and your family. To thoroughly enjoy your fishing adventure, check out our Michigan fishing cabins for rent! Of course, if you’re staying in the Northern Michigan area, you can check out our Northern Michigan cabin rentals and the Things to Do page highlighting the top activities and attractions.

Start planning your trip to the Wolverine State today by booking one of our properties. We look forward to welcoming you to the Freshwater Vacation Rentals family.