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Sunny and 60s: Lake Erie marine forecast Oct. 18-20

By Laura Johnston | October 17, 2019

The winds should taper off by Friday, and the weather is looking sunny and warmer for the weekend. So maybe keep that boat in the water for one more weekend. Friday: Northwest wind 8 to 11 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet. High of 54. Friday night: Variable winds less than 5 knots…

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See photos from the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival

By Laura Johnston | October 16, 2019

An annual highlight of autumn, the Lakeside Marblehead Lighthouse Festival welcomed thousands of visitors into the community of Lakeside Chautauqua for children’s games, pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts vendors, a farmers’ market and even a clambake dinner. Down the road, the Marblehead Lighthouse was open for visitors to climb. The sun was out Saturday, despite…

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See the Song of the Whales restoration, Cuyahoga River water trail designation

By Laura Johnston | October 9, 2019

Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River have had a big year, celebrating 50 years of resurgence since the final river fire. Check out two recent celebrations of that work, in videos from West Creek Conservancy’s Peter Bode. Above, artist Wyland touches up his Song of the Whales mural on the Cleveland Public Power building. (Find…

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Catch the biggest steelhead in Ohio and win gear

By Laura Johnston | October 4, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Fishing Co. is teaming up with former Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas on a contest to catch the biggest steelhead in Ohio. The winner will receive a Cleveland Fishing Co. hat, beanie, hoodie, T-shirt, and mystery item autographed by Thomas. Brian Tigue launched his company in April with hats, T-shirts,…

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Walleye still biting: Lake Erie fish report Oct. 4

By Laura Johnston | October 3, 2019

Lake Erie walleye are still biting, and anglers are signing up for the annual Walleye Fall Brawl, which starts Oct. 16. See the full Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report. Western Basin Walleye  Where: Walleye fishing remains consistent with limits of smaller fish being reported near Locust and Cone reefs. Fishing continues to be good…

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Clouds like waves over Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | September 30, 2019

The waves on Saturday formed over a calm Lake Erie. The curved swells of clouds are actually a type called Kelvin-Helmholtz. And they denote instability in the atmosphere. Did you spot them at all? Take a look at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See the 2019 Lake Erie winning photos

By Laura Johnston | September 26, 2019

From a rainbow of Adirondack chairs to a kitesurfer on a massive wave, the winners of the Life on Lake Erie photo contest are astounding. Ohio’s Lake Erie Commission runs the contest each year. Check out the winners here: https://www.lakeerie.ohio.gov/PublicOutreach/LifeonLakeEriePhotoContest.aspx And check out the winners of RocktheLake’s 2018 Summer Solstice Sunset photo contest below:

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When do you haul out your boat?

By Laura Johnston | September 23, 2019

It’s officially fall, even if the weather is stuck in summer mode. So when do you plan to haul out your boat for the season? We’ve got lots of boating season left, from weekend cruises with the family to fishing during the Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl. The Cleveland Metroparks’ Emerald Necklace Marina removes its…

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Western basin walleye hatch second best ever! Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 20

By Laura Johnston | September 19, 2019

Hooray! The spring 2019 walleye hatch was even better than last year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. It’s the second-best ODNR’s Division of Wildlife has ever recorded in surveys of the western basin. The yellow perch hatch was also strong, well above its long-term average. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Lake…

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Edgewater hosts J/70 North American sailing championship

By Laura Johnston | September 11, 2019

J/70 sailboats are coming from across North America to race at Edgewater Yacht Club Sept. 25-28. The club is hosting the North American championships, with the Cleveland (215) Regatta serving as a tune-up Sept. 20-22. “People don’t know they should be proud, the events we’re hosting, the regattas we’re competing in,” organizer Caroline Sundman said.…

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Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 27

By Laura Johnston | September 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 27

Get excited for fall fishing! Anglers in the Rocky River and other streams are targeting smallmouth bass, carp, panfish, and channel catfish, as well as early returning steelhead trout, says Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. Lake Erie anglers are primarily fishing for walleye. Early steelhead first show up around off the rocks at Edgewater and East…

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Sailor’s delight: Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 27-29

By Laura Johnston | September 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Sailor’s delight: Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 27-29

This weekend is looking fantastic for the J/70 North American Sailing Championships on Lake Erie. Sun and lots of wind, without monstrous waves. The Lake Erie water temperature is 71 off Toledo and 71 off Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast. Here’s the National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday:…

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When do you haul out your boat?

By Laura Johnston | September 23, 2019 | Comments Off on When do you haul out your boat?

It’s officially fall, even if the weather is stuck in summer mode. So when do you plan to haul out your boat for the season? We’ve got lots of boating season left, from weekend cruises with the family to fishing during the Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl. The Cleveland Metroparks’ Emerald Necklace Marina removes its…

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Western basin walleye hatch second best ever! Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 20

By Laura Johnston | September 19, 2019 | Comments Off on Western basin walleye hatch second best ever! Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 20

Hooray! The spring 2019 walleye hatch was even better than last year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. It’s the second-best ODNR’s Division of Wildlife has ever recorded in surveys of the western basin. The yellow perch hatch was also strong, well above its long-term average. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Lake…

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Summer in September: Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 20-22

By Laura Johnston | September 19, 2019 | Comments Off on Summer in September: Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 20-22

Halfway into September, and our weekends still feel like summer. Lots of wind to accompany the warm weather and sunshine, though Sunday includes a chance of rain. Here’s the National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: South wind 8 to 10 knots becoming west in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves around…

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Steelhead starting: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 13

By Laura Johnston | September 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Steelhead starting: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 13

Kick off the steelhead season with the annual Steelhead Expo at the Rocky River Nature Center on Saturday, Sept. 21.  The Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders and Cleveland Metroparks will host the free day of expert speakers and seminars, vendors, and more. OCBS, a non-profit sportman’s group, is offering a raffle as a fundraiser. Early steelhead…

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Sunny and 70s: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 13-15

By Laura Johnston | September 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Sunny and 70s: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 13-15

Lake Erie has a small craft advisory through tonight. But this weekend is looking grand for one last hit of summer — especially if you’re taking a spin at the Progressive North Coast Boat Show. See the full National Weather Service forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. And enjoy the weekend! Today: North-northwest wind 8…

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Edgewater hosts J/70 North American sailing championship

By Laura Johnston | September 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Edgewater hosts J/70 North American sailing championship

J/70 sailboats are coming from across North America to race at Edgewater Yacht Club Sept. 25-28. The club is hosting the North American championships, with the Cleveland (215) Regatta serving as a tune-up Sept. 20-22. “People don’t know they should be proud, the events we’re hosting, the regattas we’re competing in,” organizer Caroline Sundman said.…

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Where to camp on Lake Erie shores

By Laura Johnston | September 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Where to camp on Lake Erie shores

Want to fall asleep under the stars, listening to the waves on Lake Erie? What you need is a tent and a campground. And thankfully, we found 10 along the Ohio coast — including spots on Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island and Middle Bass Island. Check out 10 state parks and private campgrounds at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Chagrin River wins $200,000 grant to stabilize banks

By Laura Johnston | September 9, 2019 | Comments Off on Chagrin River wins $200,000 grant to stabilize banks
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The Great Lakes Commission on Monday announced $2.2 million in grants to reduce the runoff of sediment, nutrients, and other pollutants into the Great Lakes. That includes $200,000 for bank stabilization on the Chagrin River, which runs into Lake Erie. Grant recipients will use the funding to install controls or add practices that limit sediment or nutrient…

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