Shawn has had back surgery (again), and has had to suspend his ice fishing for this winter. If you’re a regular client, and have his number, he’ll chat with you about future conditions (if there is late ice).
Other than that… He’ll see you next season.
Any rumors you hear about him quitting, or giving up his business to anyone else are completely unfounded.
It’s close enough to “ice fishing time” to make your reservations. We’re already fully booked for the first weekend.
To make your reservation, send a text message to 614-312-76four-nine. I will call you back just as soon as I have time (most generally on the same day). Please be sure to leave me your name, and date you want to fish. We can fill in the data when we talk.
Shawn Dages, sole owner of Put-In-Bay Iceguide welcomes you.
We really expect to have ice this winter, unlike last year.
How to make reservations:
You may always text Shawn at 614- three-one-two-7649. That way if he’s on the road or on the ice, he will have your text.
Once we have ice, I am accepting 12 ice fishermen (that includes children or other non-fishermen) per day.
You are highly encouraged to bring a rod/reel suitable for catching walleye. Also, bring your own tackle. You’ll save money and fish more with your own tackle.
This year single day fee is $80. (Children who fish with a parent and who is NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE A VALID OHIO LICENSE are $40 each.)
If you are planning to have a large party, as in 4 or more fishermen, and if there is already ice, I may ask for a 50% non-refundable deposit. Deposits will only be required if the requested dates are guaranteed ice days.
Put-In-Bay Iceguide will provide your shanty, a heater, minnows, and gear if you need it.
Bear with me as I bring this site current. The webmaster is doing all she can as I get with her about this season.
In a desperate attempt to lure the Snow God to come through, the island faithful (the year-round) residents held an Ullr Fest. This is an old Norse festival to bring winter. (It’s also a great excuse for a mid-winter party.
The faithful gathered to toast Ullr, and beg (pray) for ice, so they could salvage part of the winter ice season. Now, you gotta know, their idea of toasting was that toasting was far more important than the begging.
Every god requires some kind of a “sacrifice” so the COW was built and floated into the bay, only to be shot with a flaming arrow and ignited amid the cheers of the local revelers.
Thanks to Billy Market, aka Island Boy Photos for the great shots.
You know for sure there will be no further ice when Billy puts the Miller Ferry back to work. It’s been running fairly steady since early January, about 3 months earlier than normal.Miller Ferry
What’s with this weather? There’s no ice! That means the 2012 ice fishing season is on hold. Pretty hard to ice fish when there’s no ice. Since we could get ice late and have a quick, short season, you really need to get on our mailing list (look to the right). We can keep you quickly informed when you’re on our list.
Y’all have been asking for at least some new pictures, so you can dream of sitting in an ice shanty, with the heater on full blast, and watching for the big hens. These are from last year. While it wasn’t the best season on record, it was a fun one, and we hauled in some really nice sized walleye.
With the close of the ice fishing season, we are now adding our newsletter subscribe box to this site. Be sure to sign up for Put-In-Bay Iceguides newsletter if you’ve not had any other contact with us.
If you sent any requests by way of our contact us form, you will receive a single email inviting you to sign up for our newsletter.
While the fishing wasn’t as great as we had hoped for, there were some awesome walleye caught, as well as many limits of yellow perch. Travis and I (as well as our wives and friends who helped us) sincerely thank you for your business. We hope you thoroughly enjoyed your ice fishing experience.
Put-In Bay lceguides has received word that there are updated Ohio fishing licenses regs. All fishermen 16 and older with the exception of certain land owners are required to possess a current Ohio fishing license.
As always, all fishing licenses expire on Feb 28, 2011. When renewing your license you will need to provide your Social Security Number as part of your identification on the application. This change was made to comply with both Federal and State regulations.
You may still get your Ohio fishing license at state-approved locations, but expect to spend a few extra minutes with the application. Also, the new license will be printed on regular paper, so it’s a good idea to develop some kind of waterproof storage for your license.
You are encouraged to use the online system for obtaining your Ohio fishing license as it is available 24/7/365.
LICENSES ARE VALID FROM
MARCH 1, 2011 TO FEBRUARY 29, 2012
Resident Fishing License
For persons age 16 through 65 who have resided in Ohio for the past 6 months.
Resident Senior Fishing License
For persons age 66 and older born on or after January 1, 1938 who have resided in Ohio for the past 6 months.
One-Day Fishing License
For residents and nonresidents, one (1) One-Day Fishing License may be exchanged for credit towards the purchase of an annual fishing license (minus writing fee).
Annual Nonresident License
3-Day Nonresident Tourist’s License
A reissued license may be obtained from any license vendor for a fishing license that has been lost, stolen, or destroyed.
All above costs include a $1.00 writing fee.
Big snow storm coming. We spent the day moving the ice shanties closer to shore. The weather service has posted winter storm warnings, and we always take those seriously. A 55 mph wind gust can rip an ice shanty from it’s anchor and blow it to “never see it again” land.
This is an excellent time to check with us for open dates. I’ll be hunkering down on the island and hoping the weather clears in a couple of days.
First thing we’ll so is re-build and mark the ice roads before re-setting the shanties, so, no fishing until this weekend.
Call me at 614-312-7649 to book your trip. The eye’s have moved in and are hitting our bait.
1 comment - What do you think?
Posted by Shawn -
January 31, 2011 at 10:35 pm
Here’s what we’re talking about. I had a couple of rookie fishermen up the last couple of days. While catching had been real slow, these guys smoked ‘em. John caught a beautiful walleye… 31 inches long and 11.5 pounds (after having been bled out). She was 18 inches around the belly.
Here’s John’s story pretty much as posted on the Ohio Game Fishing Community Forum.
Me and a buddy spent the last two days up at Put in Bay learning how to ice fish. We went out with Travis and Shawn from Put in Bay Ice Guides, and I could not have been happier with the service or the results. The bite was slow both days, but we pulled up 4 eyes Thursday with 3 keepers from 20 – 26″. The 26″ fish was my personal best for about 18 hours, until this came through the hole… 31 inches, 11.5 lbs, caught on a ridiculously small puppet minnow with a minnow head on the treble. My sisters fiance appears to be a keeper, cuz he was money on the gaff bringing that fish through an 8 inch hole. We stayed at the black squirrel, and I can’t wait to go back. Great people at a great place.
I knew the fish was heavy once I tried to reel after the initial hook set. After a few minutes of bringing it up slow, I saw a white tip on the bottom of the tail and I knew it was an eye. We were all smiles and jokes until it swam right by the hole from 7 o’clock to 1 o’clock and we got the full view from about 4 foot below the hole, then things in the shanty got REAL quiet. I played her for a while longer, told him I was not going to try to turn the head up, but I thought I could stall the fish with the shoulders and gill slits below the hole, and it all worked out perfect with the fish facing away from us and a perfect gaff shot on the first try. He picked it up and started celebrating and I knocked the door open and yelled “throw it out the (bleeping) door!” Funny how those holes that looked small when the fish was below em start looking bigger when the fish is thrashing above em.
I bled the fish out in a bucket before I ever got her to a scale, so I’ll never know what she weighed straight out of the ice. When I get her home last night, she measured 31 inches long and 18 inches at the belly, that’s all I need to know. I’m planning to get a replica mounted with the little clown puppet minnow and a photo of me and the gaff master holding it on the ice, any recommendations on where I can order that would be greatly appreciated.