Posts by Laura Johnston

See who’s winning in the 2019 Walleye Fall Brawl

You’ve got less than a week to catch a monster walleye and win a boat in the 2019 Walleye Fall Brawl. The contest ends at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Last year, the contest came down to the penultimate day, when Clarence Mitchell Jr. caught a 13.7-pound tank off the coast of Cleveland. In 2017,…

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Small craft warning: Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 22-24

The end of November, and few mariners have their boats in Lake Erie. But just in case you’re holding out for a traditional Thanksgiving Crib-bean cruise, know that there’s a small craft warning until 7 p.m. Thursday. Here’s the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: West-northwest wind 21 to…

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

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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Walleye in all the usual spots: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Nov. 9

Walleye are showing up in their traditional fall feeding grounds from Huron to Cleveland. And to try to catch a trophy, anglers are trolling stickbaits offshore during the day, and nearshore after dark. This weekend, you’ll be dealing with chilly temperatures, plus a chance of rain and waves. See the Ohio Department of Natural Resources…

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Chilly and chance of rain: Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 8-11

If you haven’t hauled out your boat yet, you’re in a small minority. But if you’re holding out for a Thanksgiving Crib-bean cruise, there’s a small craft advisory through Friday. Here’s the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: Northwest wind 15 to 18 knots decreasing to 9 to 12…

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Ohio Lake Erie fish report Nov. 1

Walleye are in their traditional fall spots, and perch fishing has picked up. Here’s the full Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report. Western Basin Walleye  Where: Walleye are starting to show up in their traditional fall feeding grounds as they follow shad nearshore. The best bite during the day remains offshore in 30-45 feet of…

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Frightful weekend: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 1-3

Lake Erie weather was frightful for Halloween, with a storm water and waves up to 20 feet. The rest of the weekend isn’t looking much better, with lots of wind, temperatures in the 40s and chances of rain. Here’s the National Weather Service marine forecast from Avon Point to Willowick: Friday: Gale warning remains. West-southwest…

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Feels like Halloween: Lake Erie marine forecast Oct. 24-26

This weekend might feel like Halloween with big winds and rain, though waves won’t be a problem. Here’s the National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: East wind 5 to 7 knots becoming variable and less than 5 knots. A slight chance of showers. Waves 1 to 2 feet. High of…

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Steelhead heat up with cooler weather: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Oct. 23

With the cooler weather, steelhead are being caught off the rocks at Edgewater Park, East 55th Street Marina, Whiskey Island, Wildwood Park, and in the northernmost river sections by the lake.  The Rocky River Emerald Necklace Marina and the Lake Erie shoreline at Edgewater Park have been particular hot this week, says Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist…

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