Where can I find an experienced ice fishing guide in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands (Port Clinton, Ohio specifically) is known as the Walleye Capital of the World. Fishing enthusiasts know that some of the best walleye catches come from a hole cut through several feet of ice on a frozen Lake Erie. The fishing community is abuzz about the record size and number of walleye being caught so far this ice-fishing season. But don’t go it alone. Experienced fishing guides are available to teach you the ropes and assist with on-ice safety measures.

Ice Fishing Guides

MarbleheadIce Fishing

Capt. Brad Leyda
330.416.0830

Port Clinton

Blake’s Ice Fishing
419.341.5509

Char-Tom Charters
Contact: Chuck Crum
614.419.8265

Fishin’ Ful & Myrmidon Charters
419.734.9711 or 877.434.9711

Put-in-Bay

Buckeye Fishing Charters
Contact: Jeff & Melissa Jump
419.341.8011 or 419.341.8010

Capt. Bud Gehring
419.261.0165

Mike’s Sportfishing
419.308.6925

Sandusky

Air1 Airboats
Capt. Toni Muscioni
419.366.8472

Put-in-Bay Lodging

Bay Lodging Resort – 888.742.7829

Black Squirrel B&B – 419.285.7181

First Island Son B&B – 419.285.4448

Linda’s B&B – 419.285.3045 or 419.341.0928

Transportation to Put-in-Bay

Airplane from Port Clinton: Erie Ottawa National Airport

Griffing Flying Service – 419.734.5400

Island Air – 419.573.2960

Lake Erie: Giving “Fishing Hole” a Whole New Meaning

Ice FishingJanuary’s low temperatures have driven a lot of people inside where it’s warm. Here in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands “inside” sometimes means a shanty on top of a thick layer of ice. That little hut contains a heater, a couple of stools, a hole in the ice, and the chance to catch a lot of walleye and perch! It’s been three years since ice fishing has been possible in our area and the charter captains, lodges, and restaurants that cater to this audience are rolling out the icy carpet! Whether you’re a pro or wanting to try it out for the first time, Lake Erie Shores & Islands has what you need for a memorable day on the ice. Here is a list of ice fishing resources:

Marblehead
Captain Brad Leyda
330.416.0830

Port Clinton
Char-Tom Charters
Chuck Crum
614.419.8265

Fishin’ Ful & Myrmidon Charters
419.734.9711 or 877.434.9711

Put-in-Bay
Buckeye Fishing Charters
Jeff & Melissa Jump
419.341.8011 or 419.341.8010
Facebook: buckeyefishingcharters

Captain Bud Gehring
419.261.0165

Hardwater Charters
419.285.3106

Put-in-Bay Lodging
Ahoy B&B – 419.285.2469
Bay Lodging Resort – 888.742.7829
Black Squirrel B&B – 419.285.7181
First Island Son B&B – 419.285.4448
Linda’s B&B – 419.285.3045

Bait Stores
Fisherman’s Wharf
83 Madison St., Port Clinton
419.734.9002

Herb’s Sportsman’s Supply
1713 N. E. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
419.797.2455

Hi-Way Bait & Tackle
7006 E. Harbor Rd., Marblehead
419.734.3601

Rickards Bait & Tackle
17 N.E. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
419.734.2496

Transportation to Put-in-Bay
Airplane from Erie Ottawa Regional Airport, Port Clinton:
Griffing Flying Service – 419.734.5400
Island Air – 419.573.2960

Air Boat from Catawba:
Hardwater Charters – 419.285.3106

Where Can I Enjoy Winter Fun in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

It looks like Old Man Winter has finally woken up! We aren’t sure how long he’ll stick around so take advantage of the weather while you can. Get out and enjoy this winter wonderland!

Cross Country Skiing

Coupling MetroPark
11618 SR 13, Milan
419.625.7783

DuPont Marsh State Nature Preserve
1805 River Rd., Huron
419.625.7783

East Harbor State Park
1169 N. Buck Rd. (off SR 169), Marblehead
419.734.4424 ext. 2

East Sandusky Bay MetroPark
419.625.7783

Edison Woods MetroPark
10186 Ceylon Rd. (SR 61), Berlin Heights
419.625.7783

Kelleys Island State Park
920 Division St., Kelleys Island
419.746.2546 or 419.734.4424

Osborn MetroPark
3910 Perkins Ave., Huron
419.625.7783

Pelton Park
800 Pelton Park Dr. (off Hull Rd.), Sandusky
419.625.7783

Sawmill Creek Resort
400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
419.433.3800

Ice Fishing

Ice formation on Lake Erie encourages hardy anglers to experience the unique winter fishing opportunities in the area however, warmer temperatures have put a damper on this year’s ice fishing so far. Please call Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center – West at 800.441.1271 for an up-to-date fishing report.

Ice Skating

East Harbor State Park
1169 N. Buck Rd. (off SR 169), Marblehead
419.734.4424

Jaycee Park
1539 Milan Rd., Sandusky
419.627.5886 or 419.627.5884    ci.sandusky.oh.us

Lions Park
421 LaSalle St., Sandusky
419.627.5886 or 419.627.5884

Waterworks Park
Perry St. (SR 163), Port Clinton
419.734.5522

Sawmill Creek Resort
400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
419.433.3800

Sledding

Coupling MetroPark
11618 SR 13, Huron
419.625.7783

Edison Woods MetroPark
10186 Ceylon Rd. (SR 61), Berlin Heights
419.625.7783

Heigel Park
N.W. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
419.734.5522

Mills Creek Golf Course Sledding
1933 Mills St., Sandusky
419.627.5803 or 419.627.5884

Taft Hill
S. Taft St., Port Clinton
419.734.5522

Sawmill Creek Resort
400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
419.433.3800

Please feel free to comment with your favorite winter hot spots or share your winter experience with us!