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Advanced Hard Water School (Ice Fishing Class)

February 19, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Learn to ice fish from the pros in this class, which will be very specific in topics. Each person will pick a topic of interest and be assigned a pro fisherman from Team USA, HT Enterprises, Clam Outdoors, Vexilar or Ice Force. We will have one pro to every five students.

We will spend the first night 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 for eight hours. The third day, we will meet on the ice and fish from 8 a.m. to noon.

You must be mobile, and willing to travel. Bring a quad or snowmobile, or be prepared to walk long distances. Lakes may vary based on interest and where the fish are biting, and we may fish a different lake each day. Overnight at a local hotel is recommended. 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.

Cost for the class is $75, which includes box lunches Saturday and Sunday, bait and door prizes/ goodie bags.

In addition, onX maps now offers a discount for each Outdoor Skills Academy student, and if you decide to keep the app after your free trial, onX will donate a portion of the proceeds to conservation education. A promotional code will be sent via email prior to the class.

To register for this class, go to Michigan.gov/DNRLicenses and click on the “Purchase a license” button. Sign in (using either a username and password or your ID and birthdate), and find the class under the Outdoor Skills Academy tab.

For more information contact Edward Shaw at 231-779-1321 or ShawE@Michigan.gov.

Please note cancellation policy:

Cancellations made any time after processing this reservation until the close of business two weeks prior to your scheduled arrival date will incur a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel after the two-week deadline, no refund will be issued. Students are entitled to any of the materials purchased for the class after the two-week deadline, except materials that have a shelf life.
To receive a refund, you must email ShawE@Michigan.gov with the following in the subject line: “Refund [class name].” A phone call or voice message will not be considered notification. You must email ShawE@Michigan.gov.
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 Michigan.gov/OutdoorSkills.

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February 19, 2023
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Carl T. Johnson Hunting & Fishing – MDNR
6093 East M-115
Cadillac, MI 49601 United States
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