No Ice: Mild winter hinders ice fishing season

ERIE, Pa. -- Hopes of ice fishing this winter are shattered thanks to a mild, wet winter.

Erie's popular, seasonal sport of ice fishing has been almost nonexistent this year.

Fishermen said ice was only about three inches thick this year and that lasted for less than a week. They said the only colonies you're going to see out on the ice are of seagulls.

It marks the second straight year of unsuccessful ice fishing.

In 2015, Erie had so much ice that fishermen didn't know what to do with it all, but that hasn't been the case since.

What ice there was on Tuesday is now washing to shore thanks to the recent warm weather.

At Presque Isle Angler Bait and Tackle, they've lost all hope for any ice this year. It's been a slow season for them with not much ice fishing gear being sold.

Owner Laura Daniels said it's a significant loss in revenue for the shop. She said it puts her in a place to reevaluate what to do with the inventory.

Daniels is looking to turn to the internet to try to get some cash flow for the ice fishing gear.

"I'll be having clearance sales and that might bring some people in hoping that next year is a little bit better,” she said. “But other than that, I'm not very optimistic. I just rather open water at this point and have the pure fishermen and get an early season on that.”


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