Michigan is an ice angler’s dream. You have your choice of well over 11,000 inland lakes, the Great Lakes, and more than 36,000 miles of streams and rivers. The weekend of Feb. 18, 2012, you’ll also be able to enjoy it all for free.
Each year, Michigan holds two free fishing weekends. The first is for ice fishermen and the other takes place in June. This year’s free statewide ice fishing weekend will be taking place Feb. 18 and 19. You don’t have to be a resident of the state in order to enjoy the fishing license amnesty, so feel free to load up the truck and make the trek.
Many communities have special fishing events this weekend. Due to our un-wintery winter, the ice in a lot of places isn’t safe, so you may have to head north – check the Michigan fishing report from the DNR for details.
The Absolute Michigan group on Flickr has all kinds of ice fishing photos, and here’s a video from Cain Lake near Hillsdale with some of the basics of ice fishing from the Michigan Outdoor Sports Show. You can also go under the ice with a northern pike in this video from Lake Mitchell in Cadillac and also see a cool time-lapse of ice fishing on Lake Leelanau by Ken Scott.