Mitchell State Park - Hard Water School (Ice Fishing Class), Feb. 23-24

Date:  February 23, 2019  -  February 24, 2019
Time:  09:00 AM - TBD
Location: Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, 6087 E M-115, Cadillac, MI 49601

Contact: Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, 231-779-1321

instructor teaching students about ice fishing techniques out on the ice

Spend the day learning to fish from the pros at the Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy’s ice fishing event and Hard Water School. This class will cover everything from how to set up equipment and how and where to fish to ice safety and rules and regulations. The main focus will be techniques for panfish, walleye and pike. We will spend the first part of the day gearing up, and after lunch we will hit the ice and spend the rest of the day fishing. After dark we will meet back at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center to go over the day’s catch and review what everyone learned, then head to dinner. You will be responsible for paying for your own dinner.

Sunday is available as an optional fishing day – if you are interested in fishing on Sunday, please let us know.

A warming hut, augers and some shanties (available on a first-come, first-served basis) will be provided, but we encourage you to bring your own equipment if possible. We also encourage the whole family to come. 

Cost is $30, which includes lunch. 

This class also will be offered Feb. 9-10.

Register for the Feb. 23-24 Hard Water School.

For more information, contact Edward Shaw at 231-779-1321 or

The Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center is located in Mitchell State Park. A Recreation Passport is required for entry into Mitchell State Park.

This class is part of the Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy, which offers in-depth, expert instruction, gear and hands-on learning for a range of outdoor activities at locations around the state. Learn more at