*Use extreme caution when ice fishing. Currents and windy weather conditions|
cause areas of unsafe ice.*
The weather over the past week has done significant damage to Lake Erie's
ice. Nearshore mainland fishing should be considered to be over. Numerous
areas of open water and thin ice exist around Catawba and Marblehead. Ice
fishing is still taking place west of South Bass Island, but ice quality is
quickly deteriorating. Highs in the 10 day forecast could end all ice
fishing on Lake Erie if they are combined with wind or rain.
Recent rain and warmer temperatures have opened up Lake Erie's tributaries.
The Grand and Chagrin Rivers, and Conneaut Creek show promise for later this
week (week of 2/23). Smaller creeks could be fishable as early as Tuesday
(2/24). Look for deeper pools to hold newly arriving steelhead. Spawn sacs,
jigs tipped with maggots, and flies are popular deep pool presentations. In
shallower areas with gravel substrate and high current sucker spawn or
brightly colored streamers work best. Use caution in high current cold water