Snow Adds to Put-in-Bay Wonderland

Dustin Shaffer ready for another Island Air Taxi flight to Port Clinton, Ohio

Four inches of snow fell overnight and into early Sunday morning.  The accumulation places an accent on the already dramatic configurations of ice on Lake Erie around Put-in-Bay.  Outdoor activity is the norm for the day!

The National Weather Service reports more snow is on the way:  “Monday morning, another Alberta clipper will move through the Great Lakes region, although the track with this one is slightly north of the Sunday event. Total snow accumulations with this clipper system are expected to be 1-3 inches.”

Paul Ladd creates ice-skating area!

Ice rendezvous!



Mild Temperature Puts Brakes on Ice Fishing

Solitary shanty at SBI State Park

Put-in-Bay temperatures have hover in the low forties (F) and create a mushy mess on ice around South Bass Island.  Ice-boaters reluctantly stayed off the harbor ice, and only five shanties are off the West Shore.  A few intrepid fishers walked through ice puddles to enter a remote shanty.  However, the weekend forecast has daytime highs in the upper 20’sF.  Keep the faith!

West Shore ice-fishers on Wednesday, 19 January 2022


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.


First 2022 Put-in-Bay Shanty Set

The first 2022 Put-in-Bay ice shanty set on South Bass Island’s West Shore appeared Saturday afternoon.  Owner Travis Kowalski is known to be the first brave soul to explore ice-thickness and to check ice safety.  Placing his shanty today bodes well for island residents anxious to go ice-fishing.  Photos by Donna Steinbach

Tom Thanasiu slides up the slippery slope of the West Shore ramp.