Lake Erie

Ice fishing on Lake Erie is not as well known as some other lakes but is still great because, unlike the other, larger of the great lakes, it freezes over in the winter.

Lake Erie is named after the Erie tribe of Native Americans who lived along its south shore.Lake Erie is one of the smallest of the five great lakes. Its surface area is just under 10 000 square miles and the average depth is only 62 feet.

Lake Erie is bordered in the north by the Canadian province of Ontario, in the south by the American states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, and on the west by the state of Michigan. The cities of Buffalo, Erie, Toledo, Port Stanley, Monroe, and Cleveland, are located on the shores of Lake Erie.

This lake has several islands to explore. Ballast Island ,Big Chicken Island, Chick Island, East Sister Island, Gibraltar Island, Green Island, Gull Island, Hen Island, Johnson's Island, Kelleys Island, Little Chicken Island, Lost Ballast Island, Middle Island, Middle Bass Island, Middle Sister Island, Mohawk Island, Mouse Island, North Bass Island, North Harbour Island, Pelee Island, Rattlesnake Island, South Bass Island, Starve Island, Sugar Island, Turtle Island, and West Sister Island.

The ice on Lake Erie can get thick enough to plant a hut on so if you are heading out there be sure to check the thickness, because you still never know. The main fish that are caught on this lake are walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, chinook salmon, coho salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, northern pike, largemouth bass and carp.

If you are going ice fishing on Lake Erie, the Division of Wildlife recommends contacting a licensed Ohio Lake Erie fishing guide.

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