*Most of the western basin of Lake Erie has ice cover. Use extreme caution|
when ice fishing. Currents and windy weather conditions cause areas of
Ice fishing conditions in the western basin have improved, but extreme
caution is still necessary. The best fishing for walleye and yellow perch
has been west of South Bass Island, but access from the mainland is still
too dangerous. Gale force winds last weekend caused ice floes to break
loose and stranded anglers west of Catawba that had to be rescued by
helicopter and air boats. Contact guides to reach the area by air boat or
fly to South Bass Island if you choose to fish the area west of South Bass.
Nearshore mainland ice fishing opportunities exist in protected areas such
as harbors and marinas. Anglers are also fishing for yellow perch and
bullhead on the following areas of Sandusky Bay: White's Landing, Crystal
Rock and around the old route 2 dike.
Lake Erie's tributaries have for the most part become ice locked. Steelhead
fishing is likely over until later this spring.