Space still available for DNR ice fishing class in Cadillac Feb. 25

Space is still available for the DNR’s Hard Water School, where you can brush up on your ice fishing skills, Feb. 25 in Cadillac. (Courtesy photo)

Space is still available for the DNR’s Hard Water School, where you can brush up on your ice fishing skills, Feb. 25 in Cadillac. (Courtesy photo)

The Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center in Cadillac, Michigan, will offer the Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy’s Hard Water School ice-fishing event Saturday, Feb. 25. Starting at 9 a.m., the class will cover how to set up equipment, how and where to fish, when to be out on the ice, how to fish with electronics, how to stay safe on the ice and how to follow rules and regulations.

The class will focus on techniques for walleye, taught by pro fisherman Steve Berry from Clam Outdoors and Vexilar, along with Matt Peterson from Fish Bones Custom Lures; techniques for pan fish, taught by pro fisherman Norm Smith, the DNR’s Dennis Hewitt and Dave Young from HT Enterprise; and setting polar tip-ups to target monster northern pike, taught by the DNR’s Ed Shaw.

In addition, the DNR Outdoor Skills Academy pro-staff will be on hand to teach a variety of tactics on the ice.

“We will spend the first part of the day gearing up and teaching seminars, and then after lunch we will hit the ice and spend the rest of the day fishing,” said Shaw. “After dark, we’ll meet back up at the Carl T. Johnson Center to go over the day’s catch and to review what everyone learned, and then head to dinner.”

Shaw said there will be a warming hut, augers and some shanties available on a first-come, first-served basis, but participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, if possible.

All ages are welcome, but the Hard Water School is best suited for those at least 8 years of age and older. Participants are responsible for their own dinner costs.

Sunday is available as an optional fishing day; those interested in fishing Sunday are asked to let coordinators know at time of registration.

The Hard Water School class costs $30 per person and includes lunch. Register at www.michigan.gov/outdoorskills.

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