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Fishing for black crappie, white crappie, walleye, saugeye, bluegill, redear sunfish, yellow perch, musky and northern pike while ice fishing in OH.
Ice fishing

Ice fishing is as basic as fishing gets, and popular in OH. Aside from the tools one uses to create a hole in the ice, all other gear is very basic. A simple rod, reel, line and hook or lure is all you need. Lures, live bait and prepared bait are options, depending on the fish species in the lake or pond.

This is a great way to get the kids to go outdoors in winter, connect with nature and learn to fish. The first consideration when attempting to go ice fishing, is safety. Make sure the ice is safe, and that you are prepared should an accident occur. Dress to stay warm - it's better to remove extra jackets than be cold and miserable. Be aware that the ice can be slippery, and falls can be dangerous.

There are numerous places to go ice fishing in Ohio. Here are a list of some of the proven, most popular and best ice fishing lakes in OH.

Ohio ice fishing destinations.

Alum Creek Lake

Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie and bluegill.

Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill

Atwood Lake

Ice fishing for saugeye and yellow perch.

Saugeye Yellow Perch

Berlin Lake

Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie, walleye and bluegill.

Black crappie White Crappie Walleye Bluegill

Buckeye Lake

Ice fishing for saugeye and bluegill.

Saugeye Bluegill

Deer Creek Lake

Ice fishing for crappie, saugeye and bluegill.

Black crappie White Crappie Saugeye

East Fork Lake

Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie and bluegill.

Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill

Grand Lake St Marys

Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie, bluegill and yellow perch.

Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill Yellow Perch

Indian Lake

Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie, saugeye and bluegill.

Black crappie White Crappie Saugeye Bluegill

LaDue Reservoir

Ice fishing for walleye, bluegill and yellow perch.

Walleye Bluegill Yellow Perch

Lake Erie

Ice fishing for crappie, walleye and yellow perch.

Black crappie White Crappie Walleye Yellow Perch

Lake Milton

Ice fishing for walleye, yellow perch, musky and northern pike.

Walleye Yellow Perch Muskie Northern Pike

Mogadore Reservoir

Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish and yellow perch.

Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish Yellow Perch

Mosquito Lake

Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill and northern pike.

Black crappie White Crappie Walleye Bluegill Northern Pike

Piedmont Reservoir

Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie and saugeye.

Black crappie White Crappie Saugeye

Pymatuning Lake

Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie, walleye and bluegill.

Black crappie White Crappie Walleye Bluegill

Salt Fork Lake

Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie, walleye and bluegill.

Black crappie White Crappie Walleye Bluegill

The Portage Lakes

Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish and yellow perch.

Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish Yellow Perch

West Branch Lake

Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie, walleye, yellow perch and northern pike.

Black crappie White Crappie Walleye Yellow Perch Northern Pike

Ice Fishing Tips & Techniques

Click here for ice fishing basics, including details on finding the best place to ice fish, tips for cutting a hole, basic tackle, bait, lures, depths to fish, ice fishing safety, shanty's, tents and huts.

Best ice fishing method for crappie, bluegill, perch and sunfish

Horizontal jigs and spoon-type baits are the go-to baits for crappie, either tipped with a minnow, wax worm or prepared baits often triggers more bites. Jigs work better close to the bottom, spoons tend to work better higher in the water column. If options allow, 15 to 30 feet is the most common depth. Adjust as necessary.

Best ice fishing method for walleye

Four basic lures are all you need. Ice jigs are minnow shaped with a tail that causes them to fall in a circular patter. Drop them to the desired depth (often the bottom), then lift the bait a few feet to let it fall on slack line. Spoons. Metal slabs in chrome or a wide array of colors are used to jig up-and-down mimicking a dying baitfish. Lipless crankbaits. Fish like a spoon. Jigs. Use slightly larger jigs than for crappie, preferably with a flashing blade attached. Tip with live bait and let it sit, up a ways from the bottom typically 1 to 3 feet. A general tip is to always keep your bait off the bottom, one to 5 feet is an ideal place to start.

Best ice fishing method for trout

Trout focus on small forage fish in winter, so baits that flash silver - jigs or spoons, do well in attracting trout. Dual rods, where legal, are very effective. One rod with a jig/live bait set up on a tip-up, the second with a spoon fished up and down pretty aggressively.

Best ice fishing method for bass

Bass are often found closer to the shoreline than schooling fish. Fish the same as other species, using a bit larger baits and slightly heavier line. Be prepared to battle using your drag if you hook a big one.

Best ice fishing method for catfish

Fishing techniques mirror those for bass and crappie. More emphasis is places on added baits (minnows, worms, prepared bait), and location can be very important. Find a ledge or point that is in 20 foot range on top, dropping to 30 feet or more directly off the side.

Best ice fishing method for pike and musky

Live bait, shiners and sunfish, are a great way to attract these big fellahs. Heavier line, steel leaders, bigger hooks and stronger tip-ups are in order.

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