Learn to ice fish from the pros in this two-day class covering everything from how to set up equipment, how and where to fish and when to be out on the ice to ice safety and rules and regulations. The focus of this class will be techniques for pan fish, walleye and pike.

We will spend the first day gearing up, rigging rods and teaching you what you need to know on the ice this year. The second day will be optional, and we will 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.

Weather conditions will dictate on-ice activities, and activities may be moved indoors. The Tuesday prior to the class, we will have a Zoom meeting to go over gear and how to rig (a link will be sent out to all students the Monday prior).

Cost is $40, which includes one-on-one instruction from a pro, lunch, bait and a goodie bag. Participation is limited to 40 students.

Saturday you will be welcome to join us for dinner or have dinner on your own. You will be responsible for paying for your own dinner.

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.
  • You may not switch classes without canceling and reregistering for another class date.

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