Snap, Crackle, Pop–Ice Fishing’s Back!

Put-in-Bay West Shore ramp leads to shanty village on Lake Erie.

The Put-in-Bay Lighthouse air temperature never got above 19°F in the twenty-four hour period beginning yesterday at 5pm.  Consequently, Lake Erie ice around the Bass Islands has become a winter-fisherman’s heaven.  Island resident Terry Jenkins reports  ice thickness is 6″ straight out from the ramp.

Ice, Ice Fishing, and Ice Boats, Oh My!

Susan & Mike Byrnes bucket-fish off West Shore.

When sunshine, moderate winter temperatures, and ice formation combine, there’s no stopping islanders from enjoying the environmental beauty around South Bass Island.  Today’s high temperature reached 30ºF, and the east wind never bounced over 13mph.  Coupled with bountiful sunshine, the weather was a boon for outdoor enthusiasts.

Put-in-Bay Snow Arrives, Miller Ferry Suspends Extended Service

Only the second day of 2022 and two benchmarks to report from Put-in-Bay.  First, an overnight freezing rain mixed with sleet and snow to create the first winter wonderland–albeit faintly so.  Second, Miller Boat Line suspended the extended service schedule to South Bass Island with a simple declaration on their home page.

Of course, Island Air Taxi fired up the Piper Cherokee Six and flew several round-trips to Port Clinton!

Fog Caresses Bass Islands

National Weather Service Cleveland OH
154 PM EST Sat Dec 18 2021

North to northwesterly winds return and increase 10 to 15 mph on the back side of the exiting low pressure system this evening. High-res forecast models some scattered light lake effect snow showers developing this evening  through Sunday morning. The overall lake effect setup is marginal and we are not expecting overall organized or heavy. We could see a light dusting to up to 1 inch in a few spots of the Snowbelt. High pressure moves in later on Sunday with clearing skies by Sunday evening. Highs temperatures will be feeling a little more winter in the 30s.