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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2006

CONTACT: Lynne Thoma, 517-373-1280 or Mary Dettloff, 517-335-3014

Free Fishing Weekend Offers Great Opportunity
for Families to GO-Get Outdoors   

Michigan's annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend, Feb. 18-19, is a great time for families to bundle up, get outdoors and go fishing. For these two days, residents and nonresidents can fish without purchasing a fishing license, though all other fishing regulations still apply. Anglers 17 or older who plan to fish on the President's Day holiday, Monday, Feb. 20, must possess a valid fishing license.

Winter Free Fishing Weekend is designed to invite people out to discover that Michigan provides great fishing fun even in winter. Although recent mild temperatures have made it unsafe for ice fishing in many parts of the state, there still is plenty of angling opportunity from piers; from shore along rivers, streams and canals and from boats where there is plenty of open water.

Where conditions allow fishing through the ice, the Department of Natural Resources reminds all anglers to dress warm, use the buddy system, always wear a life jacket and use caution when traveling across any ice.

For a list of fishing clinics and activities, visit the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr. Click on "Fishing" and then go to "Free Fishing Weekend."
  
This year's Free Fishing Weekend coincides with the DNR's Project GO-Get Outdoors, which encourages visitors to explore winter recreation in state parks and recreation areas. The Winter GO, Feb. 18-19, allows all vehicles free entry to Michigan's 97 state parks and recreation areas. In addition to fishing, visitors can participate in competitive trail runs, guided snowshoe hikes and nature walks, cross-country skiing and more. The DNR Web site has the list of events. Click on "Camping & Recreation" and then on "GO-Get Outdoors."
 
Project GO-Get Outdoors celebrates Michigan's outdoor recreational opportunities and the role they play in improving the quality of life for residents and visitors. Ice fishing can be a great way to help pass some of the long days of winter while spending time with family and friends, or introducing someone new to the sport. Winter is great time to GO-Get Outdoors for some fun and the opportunity to learn something new about nature.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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