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Sunny but brisk: Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 14-16

By Laura Johnston | November 14, 2019

Sunshine is on the way for the weekend, along with slightly warmer temperatures. Here’s the full National Weather Service marine forecast for Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: West-southwest wind 13 to 15 knots becoming west-northwest in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves 3 to 4 feet. High of 39. Friday night: NW wind 13 to 17…

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Make a marine debris public service announcement and win Cedar Point tickets

By Laura Johnston | November 5, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio high school students can win a field trip to Stone Lab on Gibraltar Island and tickets to Cedar Point, by creating a public service video on the dangers of marine debris in the Great Lakes. The contest, in its fourth year, is run by Ohio Sea Grant and the National Oceanic…

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See the Walleye Fall Brawl payouts

By Laura Johnston | October 23, 2019

Nearly 8,000 anglers are competing in the 2020 Walleye Fall Brawl, the most ever in the 10th annual fishing derby. All those competitors make for the biggest prizes in the history of the brawl. Warrior V208 boat, worth about $100,000 HewesCraft 210 Sea Runner boat, worth about $75,000 $45,000 $35,000 $25,000 Kids Division, 15 and…

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Time for the Walleye Fall Brawl! Ohio Lake Erie fish report

By Laura Johnston | October 17, 2019

The 10th annual Walleye Fall Brawl starts Friday! And we’ve got lots of fall fishing to look forward to. In fall, steelhead trout are the highlight in the Rocky and Chagrin rivers, says Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec.  The rain in local streams will entice more steelhead to enter the northern portions of the watersheds, Durkalec…

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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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More Buzz and News

The best boat name on Lake Erie is…

By Laura Johnston | January 5, 2018 | Comments Off on The best boat name on Lake Erie is…

You voted. The best boat name on Lake Erie is Anchor Management, in Mentor Lagoons. About 43 percent of the 979 votes in RocktheLake’s inaugural contest chose the best name. And we agree. It’s pithy. It’s punny. It’s as nautical as they come. And it’s got a great story, to boot. Kevyn Kistner and his…

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What does Lake Erie look like frozen?

By Laura Johnston | January 4, 2018 | Comments Off on What does Lake Erie look like frozen?

What does Lake Erie look in a deep freeze? About half the lake is iced over, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And a few of our favorite Instagrammers have captured gorgeous shots of the ice dunes and ice chunks and icicles. You can enjoy all these from the comfort of your couch…

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Ice fisherman Andy Setlock: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | January 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Ice fisherman Andy Setlock: Erie Interviews

Meet Andy Setlock, an 82-year-old angler from Wickliffe who’s impatiently waiting for the central basin of Lake Erie to freeze solid, so he can go ice fishing. Last year, the weather was too warm, and the lake never froze. This year, the temperatures have been frigid, but masses of snow are insulating the surface and…

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U.S. Coast Guard from Cleveland cuts boats free from ice

By Laura Johnston | January 3, 2018 | Comments Off on U.S. Coast Guard from Cleveland cuts boats free from ice

The Great Lakes shipping season ends Jan. 15. Until then, two Cleveland-based U.S. Coast Guard ice cutters are keeping the channels free of ice, so freighters can deliver goods from port to port. The Neah Bay and Morro Bay, 140-foot bay class ice-breaking tugs, freed multiple vessels beset by ice in western Lake Erie and…

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What to know before you ice fish on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | January 3, 2018 | Comments Off on What to know before you ice fish on Lake Erie

Ice fishing started off Catawba Island last week, the earliest Capt. Tony Muscioni can remember in his 65 years. The ice there, hemmed in by the Erie islands, freezes before other spots in Lake Erie, said Muscioni, who runs airboat trips onto the ice. Now the ice is about 7.5 inches thick. The Ohio Department…

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Cleveland Municipal Stadium is underwater in Lake Erie: Remember When

By Laura Johnston | January 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Cleveland Municipal Stadium is underwater in Lake Erie: Remember When

Want to revisit the good old days of Cleveland Municipal Stadium? Get out your scuba gear. Because the rubble of the ballpark is now three artificial reefs, home to thousands of fish in Lake Erie. The concrete, brick and rock from the onetime home of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns is piled in three…

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How Cleveland Water gets from Lake Erie to your tap

By Laura Johnston | January 2, 2018 | Comments Off on How Cleveland Water gets from Lake Erie to your tap

Lake Erie provides drinking water for 11 million people — 3 million of them in Ohio, including 1.4 million in Cleveland. The Cleveland Water Department pumps water throughout Cuyahoga County and parts of five other counties, from four separate treatment plants, each with its own intake crib in Lake Erie. (The 5-mile crib is the…

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6 New Year’s resolutions for Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | January 1, 2018 | Comments Off on 6 New Year’s resolutions for Lake Erie

What if Lake Erie made New Year’s resolutions? The lake we love is already great, obviously. But it could be greater with a little self-improvement. In that vein, here are a few ideas: 1. Reduce the amount of phosphorus flowing into the lake: Reducing phosphorus — namely from fertilizer run-off into the Maumee River —…

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Carl Bachtel explains the passion of fishing: The lure of Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | December 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Carl Bachtel explains the passion of fishing: The lure of Lake Erie

Why fish? For anglers who have been casting or trolling since childhood, that’s a silly question. But for those of us who have never baited a line, we wonder: What’s the appeal of sitting and waiting for fish to bite? (Especially when it’s cold?) Carl Bachtel, 53, a Bass Pro Shops fishing pro staffer from…

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How to stand-up paddleboard safely

By Laura Johnston | December 28, 2017 | Comments Off on How to stand-up paddleboard safely

So you got a stand-up paddleboard for Christmas. Cool! Welcome to one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Did you get an inflatable or a hard board? SUP is great for newbies, since you can learn the basics in a few hours. About 1.2 million people tried the sport in 2011 alone and it…

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