Lake Erie Fishing Report 6 FEB 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!

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