Cut through the winter blues with Free Fishing Weekend

Posted at 12:17 PM, Feb 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-15 04:38:52-05

CALEDONIA, Mich. - Ice fishing is known as one of the, 'coolest' sports in the state, and it's completely free February 14th and 15th.

During Free Fishing Weekend, all fees and licenses are waived for both non-residents and Michiganders alike, giving everyone a chance to enjoy the great outdoors.

Jay Wesley, Michigan DNR Fisheries Biologist, said all you really need is a drill, a fishing rod, and warm clothes.

"You can make a whole day of it if you can set up a tent and be warm," said Wesley.

Saying this is the perfect time to spend time with those that mean the most to you, making memories that will last a lifetime. But if you plan on walking on the ice, make sure to keep an eye open for thin ice.

"We never say the ice is safe, you always need to be cautious," said Wesley. " You never know where there's weak spots."

Although fishing is free this weekend, limits and regulations can be found on the DNR website.

If getting out into the cold doesn't sound like your idea of a good time, there's another Free Fishing Weekend held June 13th and 14th.