iLAKEERIE Lake Erie Western Basin Fishing Report  

Friday January 19 - The ice is full of ice shoves (piles of ice formed when sheets of ice overlap due to pressure from wind and wave action/force).  Usually you have to travel around or over them to get to the fishing areas.  There are many fissures (cracks) that can open up and block travel.  Let the experienced folks and ice guides continue to explore and set the safe areas.  There are a lot of dangerous areas.  If you go out be extremely careful - do not go beyond others and stay on established travel lanes.  The ice can go from 12 inches to 1 or 2 inches in a very short distance, as short as a few feet, and snow can hide the transition evidence. 

WALLEYE - Fair to good catches within 1 1/2 - 2 miles west of Catawba Island State Park.  Good catches west of South Bass Island only accessible from the Island.  A few reports of fair to good catches around Kelleys Island.  All reports are as conditions allow.

YELLOW PERCH - Same as walleye.

OTHER SPECIES Fishing will resume in the spring.