They took running leaps from the ice and jumped in to the Cleveland harbor, floating amid ice chunks like they were inner tubes in a heated pool. “It’s not too bad,” said members of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor. They wore football cleats studded with hardware-store wingnuts to keep from slipping — and…

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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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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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