Officials warn of thin ice for MI free fishing weekend


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials are warning anglers to use caution when going out onto frozen lakes and rivers for the state’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend.

Anglers may fish Saturday and Sunday without a fishing license.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says recent warm temperatures and snowfall have undermined ice in some areas.

The DNR’s Sgt. Mike Hammill, whose district includes Luce, Mackinac and Chippewa counties in the Upper Peninsula, says some lakes have heavy slush covering ice. Hammill says people shouldn’t drive cars or trucks onto the ice under current conditions.

With the exception of the license requirement, other fishing regulations remain in effect for Winter Free Fishing Weekend, including daily bag limits. Recreation Passports also aren’t required this weekend for entry to state areas where fishing is available.


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