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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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Demo boats at Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | September 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Demo boats at Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show

Summer may be over, but you’ve still got a chance to enjoy Lake Erie at Cleveland’s only in-water, free boat show, the Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show. Nearly 100 boats — from small fishing craft to luxury motor yachts — will be open for boarding and demonstration rides. You can also try a one-hour,…

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How students can win a $1,000 scholarship from the Walleye Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | September 5, 2019 | Comments Off on How students can win a $1,000 scholarship from the Walleye Fall Brawl

High school students who love to fish could win $1,000 scholarships from the Walleye Fall Brawl. The scholarships will be awarded by the Fall Brawl to one girl and one boy, who write 500-750 words on “why they enjoy fishing and how they may help improve the activity in the future.” Entries are due Nov.…

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Walleye are slowing down: Lake Erie fish report Sept. 5

By Laura Johnston | September 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Walleye are slowing down: Lake Erie fish report Sept. 5

The walleye fishing is slowing down. Sigh. But largemouth and smallmouth bass are looking promising. And we’ve got the Walleye Fall Brawl to look forward to! Here’s the Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report: Western Basin Walleye   Where: Walleye fishing has slowed. The best bites have been 3 to 6 miles east of Kelleys Island,…

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Gorgeous sunny weekend on tap: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 6-8

By Laura Johnston | September 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Gorgeous sunny weekend on tap: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 6-8

The air and water are starting to cool down. But the first weekend of September is still looking gorgeous for a boat ride or beach walk on Lake Erie. See the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: Variable winds less than 5 knots becoming north 5 to 8 knots…

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Labor Day weekend Lake Erie marine forecast

By Laura Johnston | August 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Labor Day weekend Lake Erie marine forecast

Hello, long weekend! Hello, long weekend! Labor Day weekend has plenty of chances for showers, but no big waves forecasted on Lake Erie. Highs should be in the low 70s, with lows in the high 60s. There’s a small craft advisory through Friday, so stay safe! See the full National Weather Service forecast, from Avon…

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Ohio Lake Erie Labor Day weekend fish report

By Laura Johnston | August 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Ohio Lake Erie Labor Day weekend fish report

It’s the unofficial last weekend of summer, which means fall fishing is just heating up. The Lake Erie water temperature is 74 off Toledo and 74 off Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast. And the lake is full of walleye, perch and smallmouth bass. Here’s the Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report. Western Basin…

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Ohio Lake Erie fish report Aug. 22

By Laura Johnston | August 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Ohio Lake Erie fish report Aug. 22

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report:

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Sunny, windy and cooler: Lake Erie marine forecast Aug. 22-24

By Laura Johnston | August 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Sunny, windy and cooler: Lake Erie marine forecast Aug. 22-24

It’s beginning to feel a little cooler at the end of August. But we’re looking at sunny and windy for the weekend, perfect for sailing or picnicking by the water. And since the Lake Erie temperature is 76 degrees, a swim will feel nice, too. See the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon…

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Lake Erie fish report Aug. 15

By Laura Johnston | August 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Lake Erie fish report Aug. 15

Summer fishing is wrapping up, which means you can start looking forward to fall, and the Fall Brawl. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of fish to catch right now, while water temperature hovers around 76 degrees. Here’s your Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report. Western Basin Walleye   Where: The best bite has been 3 to 6 miles…

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Chance of thunderstorms: Lake Erie marine forecast Aug. 15-18

By Laura Johnston | August 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Chance of thunderstorms: Lake Erie marine forecast Aug. 15-18

The kids are heading back to school, but you can still get out on Lake Erie. Water temperature is a warm 76 degrees. Unfortunately, the weekend may be marred by storms. Friday: Southwest wind 6 to 9 knots becoming west-northwest in the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 2 p.m. and 3…

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