Everything You Need to Know About Ice Fishing on Lake Erie

Colder weather may be here, but that doesn’t mean you need to pack away that tackle box! Lake Erie ice fishing season is coming soon, and that means it’s time to plan your next winter adventure. Read on to learn everything you need to plan the perfect fishing trip. Afterward, find the best places to refuel in our free Geneva-on-the-Lake Vacation Guide. Our guide is full of recommendations on restaurants, breweries, winter recreation, and more.

How to Plan for the Best Ice Fishing on Lake Erie

Before Your Trip

When planning a Lake Erie fishing trip, safety is of utmost importance. Because this sport is dependent on ice conditions on the lake, you will need to check the weather in advance and plan your trip accordingly. During stretches of time that temperatures are above freezing, ice weakens quickly. If you are planning your own excursion, please remember to:

  • Test the thickness of ice before recreation. For detailed information on the minimum recommended thickness, visit the ODNR Division of Wildlife website.
  • Always wear a life jacket.
  • Plan your trip with a group of anglers and don’t fish alone. If you do fall through the ice, someone in your group may be able to help you get out.
  • Be aware of changes in ice thickness as you traverse the lake.

For the reasons above, we recommend embarking on an ice fishing trip with a licensed ice guide. An ice fishing charter is the best way to make the most of your trip.

Where to Ice Fish on Lake Erie: DB Sport Fishing Charters

Head over to DB Sport Fishing Charters for the ultimate ice fishing excursion. During the winter, many perch and walleye migrate west, and DB Sport Fishing Charters follow. During the month of February when the ice conditions are right, this local fishing company offers excursions near Catawba State Park. DB offers ice fishing trips that can accommodate up to three or four people depending on the thickness of the ice.

Bait and tackle are included in your charter. Once you catch your monster walleye, you can also add on fish cleaning for an additional charge. For more information on booking your ice fishing charter, contact DB Sport Fishing Charters at (440) 479-5185.

Ice Fishing in Northeast Ohio

Although the perch and walleye of Lake Erie migrate west for the winter, you can still hook a few if you’d prefer to stay near Ashtabula County. Located in Northeastern Ohio’s snow belt region, the Pymatuning Reservoir at Pymatuning State Park is an excellent location for ice fishing trips. When the conditions are right, ice boating, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling are all popular activities. This fantastic fishing spot is less than an hour away from our inn!

Eat, Sleep, and Relax at The Lakehouse Inn

After a long day of ice fishing on Lake Erie, you’ll be happy to know that everything you need is right here at The Lakehouse Inn. Join us for dinner at Crosswinds Grille. Our on-site restaurant is a favorite of locals and guests alike! From steak to classic burgers and fries, our menu is full of savory dishes that are perfect after a day in the great outdoors. 

After dinner, head home to one of our Lake Erie cottages. Complimentary, breakfast baskets is one of the many amenities included in your stay. When you are ready to plan your next fishing trip, check our availability and book your stay! We can’t wait to host you at The Lakehouse Inn.