ODNR Fishing Report for 02/12/2004: OH

Article Posted: February 12, 2004

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* 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 unsafe ice.*

Recent strong winds have opened up large gaps in the ice west, northwest and
northeast of Catawba. Shifting winds and variable currents can change the
severity of ice cracks on an hourly basis. The best fishing over the past
week has been in the protected area west of South Bass Island between Green
and Rattlesnake Islands. Results have been variable, but limits of walleye
and occasional trophies have been landed. Contact guides to reach the area
by air boat or fly to South Bass Island if you choose to fish west of South

Nearshore mainland ice fishing opportunities exist in protected areas such
as harbors and marinas. Sandusky Bay anglers have been fishing for yellow
perch and bullhead in the following areas: 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.

Source: ODNR

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