Lake Erie Ice Fishing Report 22 JAN 2015

Ice fishing report!

Most walleye are being caught at Catawba state park in the western basin of lake Erie.  There has also been some perch being caught, but only by walleye fisherman, I personally don’t know of anyone targeting perch other than whites landing on Sandusky bay.   Some fisherman however are beating the crowds by heading over to Camp Perry and walking from there.  Walleye at Camp Perry are about 1.5-2 miles out with the afternoon bite into the evening being the best.  Catawba walkers are going out about 2.5 miles, this is a haul if you are walking.  There are machines on the ice right now, but the going is slow because of multiple cracks and slush.  With the warmer weather this week, slush has made the Catawba state park ramp almost unbearable.  There is slush out there so watch out.  Fish are being taken with swedish pimples and cast masters tipped with shiners.  There are plenty of bait stores, and they open around 6 AM.  I will note that the fishing has slowed quite a bit.  Some groups are only coming in with a couple fish.  Mobility and solitude is key.  Drill a series of holes, stick your finder one hole at a time until you mark fish.  Also, if you can talk to another group on the ice, you are too close.  Walleye spook very easily when there is ice because of all the noise above.  Get away from the crowds and you will surely catch more fish.  Remember also, if you are the one that just sits all day in the same spot, you are not going to catch many fish.  You will have to wait until the feeding pods get to you, which may never happen.

Also, an airboat broke thru the ice, the coordinates are N41 34.530′ W082 52.276′ .  Mark that in your GPS, and if you don’t carry a GPS, you are wrong and should not be out there.

Steelhead

The Erie steelhead season has slowed way down with ice season at full bay.  Most fish that are being caught are around warm water discharges and creeks from city runoff that contains salt to keep the water open.  Some brave souls are still ice fishing the rivers, but do this with caution.  No matter how thick the ice is, there is still moving water under you.  If you are fishing right now, egg sacs are key.  Fresh eggs I might add.  You need to know there are fish in front of you also, they will not chase at this time of year.

 

Please be safe if you are ice fishing this year, the best conditions are yet to come, so if you can wait to get out, I would do that rather than risk it.

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