Ice fishing class, Jan. 25-26, kicks off year of outdoor learning

The DNR Outdoor Skills Academy opens a year of classes with its Hard Water School – an ice fishing class covering everything from how to set up equipment and how and where to fish to ice safety and rules and regulations – Jan. 25-26 in Cadillac.

Another Hard Water School session is set for March 7-8, along with an advanced ice fishing clinic Feb. 21-23. Other winter classes include nature photography/lighthouse history and bluebird and nest box basics.

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