Known as the Great Lake State, Michigan is famous all over the world for its lakes and waters.

In fact, the state actually has the longest freshwater coastline of any state in the entire US, having borders with four of the five Great Lakes of North America.

As well as the Great Lakes, Michigan boasts almost 65,000 additional lakes and ponds, meaning that every person in the state is never more than a few miles away from some kind of freshwater source.

1. Overview

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With all that water, it's no surprise that outdoor activities like fishing and kayaking are very popular in the state of Michigan. Fishing charter boats run all around the state, offering fishing tours for salmon, trout, perch, and other species, and many tourists flock to the state to enjoy its unique fishing locations and opportunities. Normally, everyone needs a license to fish, but in order to allow everyone to have a taste of Michigan fishing, the state runs its own Free Fishing Weekends twice a year.

2. Details of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekends

Details of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekends
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Two times each year - once in the summer and once in the winter - anyone in the Michigan area can enjoy fully free fishing for a two-day period. All fishing licenses are waived during these days, allowing residents, visitors, and tourists to enjoy fishing at both the Great Lakes and inland waters locations. Fishing rules and regulations still apply, but anyone can grab a rod and take to the waters in search of a big catch without needing to worry about a license.

All species of fish are allowed to be caught during these weekends, in line with regular fishing rules, and anglers of all ages are able to release or take their catches home, depending on their personal preferences. In 2019, the Michigan Free Fishing Weekends are scheduled for February 16 and 17 in the winter and June 8 and 9 in the summer. Out of state visitors will not need a Recreation Passport to take part. Instead, all you'll need is your own fishing equipment, accessories, and a love of the water.

Another interesting part of these Free Fishing Weekends is that many locations will run special events and fun activities at the same time, allowing you to really enjoy a fun-filled day with family, friends, or by yourself. These weekends are a fun annual tradition for Michigan residents and visitors, allowing everyone to enjoy one of the state's most popular pastimes and learn a lot along the way.

3. What Kind of Fish Can You Catch in Michigan

What Kind of Fish Can You Catch in Michigan
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If you've never done any fishing in Michigan before, you might not know about the huge variety of fish that live all around the various freshwater sources of the state. Both small and large fish can be caught in Michigan's lakes, and here are some examples of the species you should be looking out for when the Free Fishing Weekends roll around:

- Pink Salmon

- Rainbow Trout

- Brook Trout

- Catfish

- Lake Trout

- Common Carp

- Herring,

- Whitefish

- Yellow Perch

- White Bass

4. Best Fishing Locations in Michigan

Best Fishing Locations in Michigan
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In order to make the most of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekends, you need to head to the best spots. With so many lakes and locations to choose from, it can be quite overwhelming for inexperienced anglers to find the top fishing spots in the state. Here are some of the most popular fishing locations in Michigan:

1.Hubbard Lake - This seven-mile long lake in Northern Michigan is absolutely filled with pike, perch, bass, and others. It's a very well-stocked lake, almost guaranteeing great catches every time.

2.Gun Lake - This all-sports lake measures up at 2,680 acres in size and is very popular with experienced Michigan anglers. It's a great spot if you're looking to catch some walleye, smallmouth bass, perch, sunfish, and muskie.

3.Lake Superior - The biggest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior is a visually stunning natural monument as one of the biggest freshwater lakes on the entire planet. More than 80 different fish species have been identified in this lake, and it's a great spot for sturgeon, pike, bass, whitefish, perch, salmon, trout, and more.

4.Lake Huron - Another of the Great Lakes, Lake Huron has a maximum depth of 750 feet and provides a beautiful backdrop to any fishing expedition. Some of the top fish you can hope to find in this lake include salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, and steelhead.

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