An ice-fishing tournament and banquet on Put-in-Bay to honor fallen friends. Proceeds will support the scholarships in Jeremy and Kurt’s names. To sign up for fishing, please contact Dan Petro at 419-341-2274 or sign up on the island at Topsy Turveys Island Bar & Grillat 5 p.m. Feb. 1. The weigh-in will begin at 4…

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Are you ice fishing? Anglers are just beginning to venture onto Cleveland area harbors of Lake Erie, reports Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec in his weekly fishing report. Fishing for steelhead, yellow perch, northern pike and panfish was great last year at Edgewater and Gordon Park boat ramps, as well as Wildwood Marina.Β  This…

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Ready to try ice fishing on Lake Erie? A few terms you should know before you go. Auger: Either electric or manual, it’s a big drill to create the hole in the ice, about 10 inches in diameter. Creepers: Cleats you attach to the bottom of your shoes to allow you to walk on the…

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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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Meet Dustin Shaffer, owner of Island Air Taxi, the only airplane company based in Put-in-Bay. In the winter, he may fly 20 flights a day, back and forth from South Bass or Kelleys islands to the mainland of Port Clinton, chauffeuring people, groceries and anything else that needs to get on island after Lake Erie…

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” 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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Think you know Ohio’s North Coast? Paratus Air took RocktheLake on a helicopter tour of Lake Erie last week, from Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland to Put-in-Bay. We wanted to see the village of shanties and the anglers ice fishing on the lake. See our first post from the ride. On the way, we…

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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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Hakeem Najeeullah caught a rare 42-inch muskie Wednesday while ice fishing the Cleveland shoreline of Lake Erie for the first time. Najeeullah was jigging a small spoon, hoping to catch a yellow perch or steelhead off the boat ramps at Gordon Park. His fish finder showed what he thought was a group fish on the bottom…

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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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