Ice fishing on Lake Erie can be an expensive proposition. Go to South Bass for walleye and you're likely to spend at least $200 for a plane and guide, and even on the mainland, a guide and a ride out to wherever can be $75 or more. But there are lots of fishing places that will cost you little or nothing, and often enough they'll produce fish at least in the right spot. Take marinas, for example.
I've fished Erie marinas from Catawba to Marblehead and elsewhere for long years and made some excellent catches from time to time. But, I have to follow a few basic rules to do so. First comes permission. Some marinas will let you ice fish and some won't, so you might need to do a little looking to find a spot. Second, you should seek out the deepest ones you can find. Drilling a hole around docks in just four feet or so of water probably won't produce because few fish enter such places. Six feet will often work, and deeper is even better. Third, you should drill several holes immediately. Even in 6-7 feet when you start that ice auger going, the noise will spook every fish below and they'll scatter like a covey of quail. So, you drill one here and another there, and make sure at least one is near the marina's outlet to Lake Erie. By the time you've finished, that first hole should be fishable or will be shortly as fish gradually return.