Lake Erie Fishing Report 20 FEB 2015

February 20th, 2015

The western basin is pretty much locked up.  There is some open water on the Canadian side, but the ice on the southern shore is getting thick now.  There has also been reports of open water outside the perry stack, so please don’t get complacent.

Please look at the weather before hitting the ice on Erie this weekend, supposed to snow pretty good.  Please do not go out unless you are prepared for white out conditions, it will happen at some point this weekend.  If you don’t have a GPS, stay home.  It’s the only thing that will get you back to the dock safely during a storm.

These statements are not meant to scare you off, just extra precautions need to be taken before heading out.  Many anglers take advantage of the thick ice we have and go out with zero safety equipment.

Walleye

Walleye fishing has been spotty.  Not much moving around this week by anglers because of the cold weather.  It has been single digits for quite a while now.  If you have been waiting on a cold spell, well it’s here.  Ice thickness is between 10 and 20 inches depending on the area you are fishing.  Cracks have been reported to be very dangerous right now.  Some machines went thru the ice at cracks this week, and they were on the trails.  Carrying a spud bar is a must!  Remember, you are still walking on ice and it is never safe.

Fish are being caught as close as 1.2 miles from Catawba state park all the way to 5 miles.  The key to catching right now is not setting up camp until you mark fish or catch one.  Being without electronics deep into winter will most likely leave you with a skunk.  Camp perry has thinned out right now because most anglers are over at Crane creek.  At Crane creek anglers are moving way out toward west sister island.  Mixed reports are coming in, catching and not catching.  The ones that are catching fish are moving around a lot.  Here is a hint that might get you into fish, get away from the packs.  Machines make astronomical amounts of noise under the ice, and walleye will scatter when they here it.

Baits that have worked this past week are raps in #4 and #5, and swedish pimples tipped with minnows.

Perch

Perch are being caught around the bass islands.  Most perch anglers are walking off any of the three islands into the surrounding deep water.  Most fish are being caught on swedish pimples tipped with minnows.

Steelhead

The rivers are pretty much locked up right now.  There is still some open water, but not much.  Most angler targeting steelhead right now are fishing from the ice.  If you ice fish in the rivers use extreme caution because of the currents under the ice.  Most are getting their fish on egg sacs using tip ups or rod and reel.

Have fun this weekend if you head out!

Lake Erie Fishing Report 6 FEB 2015

February 6th, 2015

I was going to wait until tomorrow to post conditions and fish numbers, but decided to make the post tonight.

The ice conditions out of Catawba State Park have gotten really bad this week.  Word has it that a bunch of quads got left on the ice today because they could not make it thru the slush.  Had a buddy take his sled out today and he confirmed that the conditions are bad.  There is so much snow right now that you cannot see the cracks that are letting water out.  Getting a little dangerous right now.  There is also a strong wind coming tomorrow, along with warm rain.  Not good.

Anyway, make a judgement call  on whether you would like to deal with the conditions.  Experience is going to play a big part in going out this weekend.  Safety in numbers.

Walleye

Walleye are being caught starting at the 3 mile mark, however some walkers are getting into them during the evening hours closer, within a mile of shore.  There are guys going out as far as 8 miles out of Camp Perry, you do not need to go that far to catch fish.  As always, try to stay out of the packs, the more people, the more noise.  The walleye are skiddish right now and with 1000 people tromping on the ice it only makes the fishing worse.  Solitude and mobility is key!  If you have never been ice fishing or new to ice fishing a big lake I recommend you watch some of the pro ice fisherman on youtube and learn.  They move around a lot, they will not even unload anything until they mark or catch a fish.

Swedish pimples and Kastmasters tipped with a couple minnows are catching most of the fish right now.

Perch

Perch reports are mostly from the spring area in Sandusky bay.  The fishing has been slow there but anglers are catching some perch.  A good starting point is to head up to whites landing and talk to some guys, or head out to the pack.  Be very careful walking out though, there are a lot of springs in that area and the ice can change!

Steelhead

Anglers are still catching some open water steelhead in the hot runoffs of the rivers and lake shore.  Ice fisherman have taken over the steelhead scene with many being caught from Vermilion to Erie.  Minnows and Eggsacs are the key to catching a mid winter steelhead right now.

Tight lines, Fish ON and be safe this weekend!