Ice Rescue at Catawba Island State Park
When the summer season of Put-in-Bay comes to an end and the lake begins to freeze, ice fishermen are ready to go. For many years, the ice fishermen have enjoyed the frozen winter wonderland while in their ice shanties on the hunt for fresh bass, perch and walleye.
Standing on a frozen lake is never going to be completely safe. On March 9th, 2019 roughly 100 ice fishermen found themselves stranded as a large chunk of ice separated itself form the mainland. The US Coast Guard, Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department and Police, and North Central EMS all acted as first responders to the emergency.