The Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) reminds everyone that Winter Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for February 13-14. On that weekend, everyone—residents and non-residents alike—can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations apply. Michigan has been celebrating Winter Free Fishing Weekend annually since 2000 as a way to promote natural resources awareness. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of river and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan and fishing are a natural match. “Fishing is a great way to connect with our natural resources,” said DNRE Director Rebecca Humphries. “It’s a perfect way for families to spend time together while celebrating the bounty of Michigan’s wonderfully diverse outdoor heritage.” A number of activities at state parks and state fish hatcheries have been scheduled to coincide with the weekend, while clubs and conservation organizations stage events, too. Many provide free equipment and bait. The events often include experienced anglers willing to introduce novices into the joy of fishing. For a list of Free Fishing events scheduled across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/dnrfishing. The DNRE is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations.