The ice is hanging around along the Ohio shoreline of Western Lake Erie, but extreme caution is needed when heading out. The cracks are widening along the shoreline. There is a risk of major ice floes breaking off with the windy weather and Lake Erie current.
The best ice fishing for walleye and yellow perch has moved closer to shore, with reports of good catches 3 to 3.5 miles off the beaches at Camp Perry, Magee Marsh and Crane Creek. Life jackets or float suits are a must; as is a full complement of safety gear, including marine electronics, cell phones or a marine radio. Keep an eye on weather reports.
Rain, sleet or snow is predicted for the weekend, along with brisk southerly and westerly winds.