Mitchell State Park - Hard Water School (Ice Fishing Class), Jan. 25-26

Date:  January 25, 2020  -  January 26, 2020
Time:  09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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

Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and
Sunday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn to fish from the pros with this two-day class, covering everything from how to set up equipment and how and where to fish to ice safety and rules and regulations. The main focus of this class will be techniques for panfish, walleye and pike. We will spend the first day gearing up, rigging rods and teaching you what you need to know. The second day we will hit the ice and spend the day fishing.

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

We also encourage the whole family to come. You are welcome to join us for dinner Saturday (you will be responsible for paying for your own dinner).

In the event we do not have ice for the second day, we still will run the classroom part of the clinic Saturday, and Sunday we’ll go over how to cook and filet fish and have additional seminars.

The cost for this class is $25.

Participation is limited to 50.

Register for the Jan. 25-26 Hard Water School.

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

A Recreation Passport is required for entry into Mitchell State Park.

Please note: Cancellations must be made two weeks prior to the class to guarantee a refund.

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