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permits,  give  some  thought  to  overnighting   two other jigs and spoons. The hooks of all of
                                                                                  at one of South Bass’s hotels, motels, B&B’s   these are baited with shiners, lowered to very
                                                                                  etc. That’s a good way to get an early start and   near bottom and slowly jigged.up and down.
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                                                                                  perhaps even fish until after dark. For a list     Clothing  should  be  layered,  so  anglers
                                                                                  of these and other amenities available (bars,   can be warm on the chill trip out to the shan-
                                                                                  restaurants, taxi’s, etc.) call Lake Erie Shores   ties, then mostly removed for comfort in the
                                                                                  & Islands at 1-800-441-1271.         warm interior. And it’s wise to take a couple
                                                                                   Whether an  angler decides to fish  South   of sandwiches and perhaps a thermos of
                                                                                  Bass or the mainland for walleye, he or she   coffee, all carried in a good sized container,
                                                                                  will need some basic necessities. It’s best to   usually a five gallon bucket. And don’t forget
                                                                                  take your own short ice rods and a selection   your fishing license, since wildlife officers
                                                                                  of jigging lures that usually include some   check  the shanties  on  occasion. But  that’s
                                                                                  Swedish Pimple spoons in various colors   it. Given these basic necessities and a little
                                                                                  including silver #7’s, some jigging Rapalas that   luck, and you could be pulling some dandy
                                                                                  hopefully have the center treble removed and   walleye through the  ice this winter, maybe
                                                                                  replaced with a larger one, and maybe one or   even a wall hanger. MAB











      Ice Fishing from page 7               it’s a place of quiet beauty with ice sculptured
                                            shorelines,  almost empty streets,  and  often
      guide, do remember to make careful note of   excellent action with little competition from
      ice conditions and thickness, which can vary   hordes of other anglers.
      enormously due to currents, wind and other   Almost everyone fishes with a guide here,
      factors. Erie ice, particularly along the main-  and this winter there will most likely be at
      land, can be treacherous, and it’s no fun to be   least one or two. You’ll fly  over on Griffing
      pulled off a floe by the Coast Guard, or go for   Airlines (419-734-5400) which bases at the
      a sudden swim.                        airport just east of Port Clinton and off Route
         Mainland action can be good, given the   53. Cost of a round trip flight will be $95. Guide
      proper spot and conditions, but every boating   service usually runs $100 or more, which is a
      angler should make at least one trip to South   bargain considering that they’ll pick you up
      Bass Island over the winter months because   at the South Bass airport, take you out to a
      it’s a different world out there. In summer,   pre-set  shanty  already warm  and  cozy,  and
      South Bass is a busy little city, but in winter   provide bait and if necessary tackle, If time




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