Posts Tagged ‘ice fishing’

What to expect ice fishing off Put-in-Bay

I had no idea what to expect on my first experience ice fishing off South Bass Island. Definitely not a picnic table. Yet I’m sitting at one, bolted to a trailer that is towed by a four-wheeler wearing chains on its tires. Down the ramp on the west side of the island, we go Ice…

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See Lake Erie ice formations from the air

” ngg_triggers_display=”never” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] This winter, we’re infatuated with ice. The cold bites at our fingers, the wind snaps in our faces, and we dream of spring. Meanwhile, we stare at the ice on our beloved Great Lake. We’re mesmerized by the villages of ice fishing shanties off South Bass Island. We’re captivated…

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Ice fishing near downtown Cleveland

You don’t need a snowmobile or a four-wheeler to ice fish off the coast of Cleveland. Unlike the shanties north of Catawba on Lake Erie, with their airboats and charter trips and even a guy selling chili, it’s a low-key affair here. Just guys gathering for a few hours, maybe after work, to jig a…

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Take a helicopter tour over the Lake Erie shore

The helicopter lifted off gently, swooping into the sky over Lake Erie and around downtown Cleveland. It felt like the first uphill climb of a roller coaster, the beginning of the swing ride at an amusement park. “Here we go,” said Ryan Maehs, a helicopter pilot for Paratus Air. Paratus — based in Put-in-Bay and…

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U.S. Coast Guard members practice ice rescues

They took running leaps from the ice and jumped in to the Cleveland harbor, floating amid ice chunks like they were inner tubes in a heated pool. “It’s not too bad,” said members of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor. They wore football cleats studded with hardware-store wingnuts to keep from slipping — and…

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Ice fisherman Andy Setlock: Erie Interviews

Meet Andy Setlock, an 82-year-old angler from Wickliffe who’s impatiently waiting for the central basin of Lake Erie to freeze solid, so he can go ice fishing. Last year, the weather was too warm, and the lake never froze. This year, the temperatures have been frigid, but masses of snow are insulating the surface and…

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