|Photo courtesy of the Scheel family|
On February 17-18, Michigan has their free fishing weekend. Families can certainly find friends to take them out, however sometimes pre-planned programs are the best way to try out ice fishing. The closest free fishing weekend events are an Ice Fishing Derby at Seven Lakes State Park (14390 Fish Lake Road, Holly) on February 17, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. There will be loaner equipment available, as well as refreshments, prizes and a warm fire! You can find alternative February free fishing weekend options for ice fishing at the DNR website.
If that weekend is not convenient for your desire to try ice fishing, Independence Lake will be holding their annual Ice Fishing Derby. The 12th annual Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation program is being held from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on February 10. Participants can catch and release Northern Pike, Bass and Crappie. Gift cards and other prizes will be given to contest winners. You will however need to bring your own bait. The cost for the event is $10 for kids (12 & under)/ and $15 for adults which includes lunch. There is a discount for pre-registration.
The whole family will enjoy the outing, so bundle up and get pumped to try your hand at ice fishing.