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Annual free fishing weekend promotes water resources

State Rep. Aaron Miller is encouraging people to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend, Feb. 13 and 14, by venturing on the ice to a local lake or pond.
Miller said no fishing license is required for residents or non-residents during the Free Fishing Weekend. Not only is it a fun time for experienced anglers, Miller said, but it is the perfect opportunity to introduce someone to the sport.
Miller cautioned all anglers to be aware of safety measures involved in ice fishing. Ice conditions vary, and those seeking to fish should find a local source, such as a bait shop or fishing guide where they can get the latest information on ice conditions.
Free Fishing Weekend takes place annually in February and June, a weekend during which the Michigan Department of Natural Resources promotes awareness of the state’s aquatic resources.
St. Joseph County is home to 94 lakes, while Cass County boasts 122 bodies of water.

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