The winter season is upon us, which means exciting new ways to explore Michigan’s great outdoors! Ice fishing is a tried and true hobby for so many Michiganders and thousands of others who make their way to Jackson, Michigan to cast a line at this Midwest ice fishing destination.
Why is Jackson, Michigan a prime location for ice fishing? With more than 100 lakes, finding a spot to pitch your shanty will be the last thing you’ll be worrying about. Waterloo State Recreation Area has 11 lakes alone, and there are plenty more lakes throughout the county – simply use our guide to Jackson County's lakes to help find your next fishing spot. The fishing is good – the Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament is hosted here for good reason!
Get Your Cut of this Recreational Sport
Fishermen come from as far away as Minnesota and Ontario, Canada to fish the annual Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament. This fishing tournament takes place every year (weather permitting) in the Brooklyn-Irish Hills area. With the top prize now exceeding $20,000 this prestigious tournament attracts the best fisherman in the area.
The Perfect Time to Ice Fish: Free Fishing Weekend
Each year the Michigan DNR holds two weekends that allow people to fish without requiring a fishing license. This is the perfect way to get out on the water to try your hand at ice fishing, especially with kids. The next free fishing weekend is February 17 & 18, 2018.
Deals Just for Fishermen
One day is far from enough time to experience ice fishing in Jackson – as soon as you feel that tug you’ll be hooked! Why not make it a weekend? When you book a hotel using our Michigan DNR Fishing Deals, not only will you receive a discounted rate, but a $25 gift card to Knutson’s Sporting Goods and a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant.