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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Equipment guideHow To Get Started Fishing​

Go fishing by yourself, with friends, or with the whole family. Make some great memories, or even start a fun summer tradition!

Spending time in nature is not only good for your health and your soul. Relaxing times by a gurgling brook or whispering stream or placid lake can also create wonderful and lasting bonds with children. Best of all, taking kids fishing need not be expensive, nor require a lot of time or a long drive. 

Getting started isn’t complicated. Follow our basic equipment guide and you’ll be hooked before you know it! ​For bag & possession limits, fee information, educational videos and much more, view the fishi​ng b​rochure​.​

 

Need help buying a license?

To learn more about creati​ng an account, or how to buy a fishing license in our new integrated purchasing system, please visit our online purchasing FAQs page​.​

 Fishing Calendar

Events

Introduction to Ice Fishing
Saturday, February 1

Have you ever wanted to try ice fishing but did not know where to start? Are you new to ice fishing and looking for some tips to help you catch more fish? Then, this is the class for you! Space is limited so register today.All fishing equipment will be provided or bring your gear and we will help you get it set up. All anglers 16 years old and older must have a valid fishing license and all vehicles need to have a valid park pass. Licenses cannot be sold at the lake, but can be purchased at the nearby Park Office.

Introduction to Ice Fishing
Saturday, February 15

Have you ever wanted to try ice fishing but did not know where to start? Are you new to ice fishing and looking for some tips to help you catch more fish? Then, this is the class for you! Space is limited so register today.All fishing equipment will be provided or bring your gear and we will help you get it set up. All anglers 16 years old and older must have a valid fishing license and all vehicles will need a valid park pass. Licenses cannot be sold at the lake, but can be purchased at the nearby Park Office.

Debunk the Winter Funk
Saturday, February 15

Shake off those winter doldrums and come out and play! Archery, Ice Fishing, Fat Bikes, Ski Bikes, Sledding Hill and more!

State Forest - Ice Fishing Clinic
Saturday, February 15

Ice Fishing at N. Michigan Reservoir on Feb. 15th. 10-3. We will provide gear.

Ice Fishing 101 and Clinic
Sunday, February 16

Intro to ice fishing followed by a clinic

Visit the CPW Calendar for a complete list of fishing events.

 How to Release a Trout Safely

 Bait-Fishing Basics


For more fishing tips, visit the How To videos page.