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

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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

Celebrate All Things Winter at Local Ice Festivals

Shores & Islands ice sculpture

Shores & Islands ice sculpture

Ready to embrace winter for all that it is? Celebrate with one fun-filled weekend and two local ice festivals.

February’s festive first weekend is a snowy salute with Sandusky’s Arctic Ice Festival  and Vermilion’s An Ice-A-Fair to Remember. Both celebrations include fantastic ice carving demonstrations you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy a fun and educational weekend of winter activities during the Arctic Ice Festival at the Maritime Museum of Sandusky. Events include ice carving, ice harvesting, ice fishing & ice diving demonstrations, ice boat races, historical program ‘Iceboats on the Sandusky Bay,’ soup cook-off and more (weather permitting). This fabulous festival takes place 10 am-4 pm on Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3, 2013.

Experience the charming harbourtown of Vermilion during an Ice-A-Fair to Remember featuring ice sculptures on display, a visit with Frosty the Snowman, and rides on Lolly the Trolley. Stop into the Main Street Vermilion office for hot chocolate and cookies! This fun event takes place 11 am-4 pm on Saturday, February 2, 2013.

Don’t miss out on all the winter fun!