As the ice begins to set up to a safe level on Lake Erie the fishermen are starting to flock to the northern shores from all over. The chance for catching a pre-spawn Walleye through the ice has begun; with the last couple winters being mild everyone seems to have the itch to get out there. The forecast is throwing a curve ball at some anglers as a brief warm spell begins this week and maybe a chance for some rain. The bite has been good for those that have ventured out on the early ice, reports of 8-10” off Catawba State park have been coming in, the fishing has been best about 2-3 miles Northwest of the ramp. They are catching them on jigging spoons and jigging raps, sometimes tipped with minnows. It’s important for those that aren’t familiar with the area to be careful as high winds last week have shifted some of the ice creating open water in between shore and the ice shelf. The strong southwest winds last week opened a large amount of open water near Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. There have been several reports of ships traveling through the south passage near Marblehead, Ohio heading in both East and West directions causing the ice to be disturbed and unsafe. Remember to carry all of your safety gear when traveling out on the ice and good luck fishing.