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Lake Erie

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    Lake Erie is the smallest of the Great Lakes in volume (116 cubic miles). The basin is intensively farmed and is the most densely populated of the five Great lakes. Consequently it is exposed to the greatest effects from urbanization and agriculture. It measures about 241 miles across and 57 miles from north to south, with a surface area of just under 10,000 square miles. The average depth of Lake Erie is only about 62 feet (210 feet, maximum). It therefore warms rapidly in the spring and summer, and frequently freezes over in winter. The drainage basin covers parts of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario. Because of its fertile soils, Lake Erie is the most productive of the great lakes. The lake's main fish species include walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, chinook salmon, coho salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, northern pike, largemouth bass and carp.

    Lake Erie is the warmest and most biologically productive of the Great Lakes, and the walleye fishery is widely considered the best in the world. Every year tons of walleye are harvested from the lake, both from recreational angling and commercial fishing. The average walleye is a whopping 5-6lb with 10-12lb fish caught regularly. The walleye are caught trolling along drop offs and mid lake humps. Most productive lure is the famous erie deary, usually tipped with a whole worm or minnow. Deep diving crankbaits trolled in the same areas also produce well. For more information visit www.FishingPickerel.com

     Maybe the tastiest table fair around, Lake Erie is full of perch. Tons are taken annually in commercial fishing nets. Anglers also fill their quotas as well, especially in the spring, when perch come inshore to spawn. Public docks are shoulder-to-shoulder this time of year, with jumbo perch hitting almost anything, although a simple bobber and worm or live/salted minnow is the most popular method of catching them. Boat anglers, usually fish near bottom with egg sinkers and 2-3 hooks baited with minnows and worms. It's not uncommon to land 2 or even 3 fish at once, when the perch schools are thick.

     With the introduction of invasive species like zebra mussels and gobies, the Lake Erie smallmouth bass population has thrived. The clearing water due to the actions of zebra mussels has increased both light penetration and visibility creating a perfect habitat for smallmouth bass. The gobies have further enhanced this fishery, since smallmouth bass forage heavily on gobies, which like to inhabit rock piles and boulder flats, the same areas where Lake Erie smallmouth bass feed. Lures which imitate the gobies can be very productive. Most anglers drift tube jigs in smoke, green and purple hues. Live bait fished near the bottom, usually minnows or crayfish can also be deadly.

     The most common trout in Lake Erie is the rainbow trout or steelhead. Caught using the same methods as for salmon, many charter captains target this majestic fish. A powerful fighter and excellent eating, makes this a popular gamefish on Lake Erie. In spring, when steelhead migrate up rivers to spawn, shore anglers enjoy a bonanza of fishing opportunities, since the lake's basin is rich with rivers and creeks. Float fishing or bottom fishing with roe can be very productive this time of year, especially along river mouths. Fishing is usually best at dawn.

Statistics & Figures:

LENGTH: 241 miles / 388 km
BREADTH: 57 miles / 92 km
AVERAGE DEPTH: 62 ft. / 19 m.
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 210 ft. / 64 m.
VOLUME: 116 cubic miles / 484 cubic km.
WATER SURFACE AREA: 9,910 sq. miles / 25,700 sq. km.
DRAINAGE BASIN AREA: 30,140 sq. miles / 78,000 sq. km.
SHORELINE LENGTH
(including islands):
871 miles / 1,402 km.
ELEVATION: 569 ft. / 173 m.
OUTLET: Niagara River and Welland Canal
RETENTION/REPLACEMENT TIME: 2.6 years (shortest of the Great Lakes)


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Severe algae bloom spells big trouble for Lake Erie
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This Oct. 5, 2011 satellite photo from a NASA website shows algae blooms swirling on Lake Erie. A study released Monday, April 1, 2013 said the warming climate and modern farming practices are creating ideal conditions for gigantic algae formations on ...
Potentially harmful algae turning Lake Erie green - AOL.comAOL News
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Rotary plans to host Lake Erie conference
Toledo Blade
Rotary Club of Toledo — America's 11th largest rotary club — today announced plans for a major Lake Erie conference in downtown Toledo this fall. The event, to be called the Rotary Lake Erie Watershed Crisis Conference, is to be held Oct. 23-24 at ...

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Detroit Free Press

Experts: Trouble ahead for Lake Erie
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CURTICE, OHIO — Scientists predict one of the most severe outbreaks yet this summer of toxic algae blooms on western Lake Erie — the type that last August disrupted the water supply of 400,000 people in Toledo and southeastern Michigan. And while the ...
Ohio city detects Lake Erie toxins that led to 2014 crisisU.S. News & World Report
Toxic algae back in Lake Erie; menace may top 2011Columbus Dispatch
Toxin in Lake Erie puts Toledo drinking water on 'watch'cleveland.com

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ChicagoNow (blog)

Dunlap's Does It All - An Amazing Lake Erie Charter Trip for the Family
ChicagoNow (blog)
August is prime time to head east to visit one of the most fish-abundant great lakes in the country- Lake Erie. And my friends Captain Gary "Turbo" and Beth Mol showed me and my two sons all it has to offer. It's been close to twenty years since I ...


CBS News

Mom drowns while trying to rescue 2 girls from Lake Erie
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EVANS, N.Y. -- Authorities in western New York say a woman drowned while trying to rescue two girls from Lake Erie. The two 11-year-olds were in the water at Wendt Beach in Evans just after 7 p.m. Thursday when they started struggling. That's when a ...
Lake Erie rescuer: "I didn't think we were going to make it out"WKBW-TV
Buffalo woman drowns in Lake Erie near Sturgeon PointBuffalo News
Upstate New York mother drowns rescuing daughter and friend in Lake Erie: copsNew York Daily News
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The Detroit News

Toxic Lake Erie algae spotted but drinking water safe
The Detroit News
“While this year's toxic algae forecast for Lake Erie calls for a bloom larger than the one that shut down the Toledo area's water supply last summer, bloom predictions, regardless of size, do not necessarily correlate with public health risk,” said ...
Algae In Lake Erie Continues To Be A ConcernWILX-TV

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