If you’d like to step up your ice fishing game with pointers from the pros, we can help.
The DNR Outdoor Skills Academy will offer the Advanced Hard Water School ice fishing clinic at Mitchell State Park in Cadillac Feb. 21-23. This three-day class will cover specific topics – each student will pick a topic of interest and will be assigned a pro fisherman from Team USA, HT Enterprises, Clam Outdoors, Vexilar or Ice Force – and will include time out on the ice and in the classroom. Cost is $75, which includes some meals, bait and door prizes/goody bags.
Sign up now for Outdoor Skills Academy classes coming up in March, which include:
- Hard Water School (ice fishing class) at Mitchell State Park in Cadillac, March 7-8. This two-day class covers everything from how to set up equipment and how and where to fish to ice safety and rules and regulations, with a focus on techniques for panfish, walleye and pike. Cost is $25.
- Bluebird and Nest Box Basics at Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon, March 14. Learn how to attract bluebirds to your open spaces with carefully maintained nest boxes. We will cover tips and tricks to discourage predators and parasites, the pros and cons of different nesting box designs and how to mount them, where to locate boxes for success and how to monitor your boxes. Cost is $40 and includes lunch, a nest box kit, a book and other materials.
The Outdoor Skills Academy offers in-depth, expert instruction, gear and hands-on learning for a range of outdoor activities at locations around the state.
See a full calendar of classes at Michigan.gov/OutdoorSkills