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Default 4th Largest of the 5 Great Lakes; "Lake Erie". Home of the JumboEyeballs. *Pics

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That Iroquoian tribe called it "Erige" ("cat") because of its unpredictable and sometimes violently dangerous nature...








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Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake (by surface area) of the five Great Lakes in North America, and the tenth largest globally...




Lake Erie bottom right

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I've been doing some reading and looking into her as I've never been there to experience her.

God willing I plan to take a few trips to Lake Erie this year

In the meantime reading about her and researching islands, launches, guides, housing destinations and much more...



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Lake Erie (/ˈɪri/; French: Lac Érié) is the fourth largest lake (by surface area) of the five Great Lakes in North America, and the tenth largest globally or twelfth largest globally if measured in terms of surface area. It is the southernmost, shallowest, and smallest by volume of the Great Lakes and therefore also has the shortest average water residence time. Lake Erie's northern shore is bounded by the Canadian province of Ontario, with US states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York on its the southern and easternmost shores and Michigan on the west. The lake was named by the Erie tribe of Native Americans who lived along its southern shore. That Iroquoian tribe called it "Erige" ("cat") because of its unpredictable and sometimes violently dangerous nature. It is a matter of conjecture whether the Lake was named after the tribe, or if the tribe was called "Erie" because of its proximity to the Lake.

The main natural outflow from the lake is via the Niagara River, which provides hydroelectric power to Canada and the U.S. as it spins huge turbines near Niagara Falls at Lewiston, New York and Queenston, Ontario. Some outflow occurs via the Welland Canal which diverts water for ship passages from Port Colborne, Ontario on Lake Erie, to St. Catharines on Lake Ontario, an elevation difference of 326 ft (99 m). Lake Erie's environmental health has been an ongoing concern for decades, with issues such as over fishing, pollution and algal blooms and eutrophication generating headlines...

Fun facts to be continued.


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Lets talk Erie a bit more in details depth; What can you add ?


Who's been there, how did you like it, where did you stay and what can you tell us


If you have some to spare. Lets see some cool pics from there.


Thank you.





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Lake Erie fun facts continued

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It is the shallowest of the Great Lakes with an average depth of 10 fathoms 3 feet (62 ft; and a maximum depth of 35 fathoms. For comparison, Lake Superior has an average depth of 80 fathoms. Because it is the shallowest, it is also the warmest of the Great Lakes and in 1999 this almost became a problem for two nuclear power plants which require cool lake water to keep their reactors cool. The warm summer of 1999 caused lake temperatures to come close to the 85 °F limit necessary to keep the plants cool.

Also because of its shallowness, and in spite of being the warmest lake in the summer, it is also the first to freeze in the winter. The shallowest section of Lake Erie is the western basin where depths average only 25 to 30 feet as a result, "the slightest breeze can kick up lively waves," according to a New York Times reporter in 2004. The "waves build very quickly", according to other accounts. Sometimes fierce waves springing up unexpectedly have led to dramatic rescues.

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Islands tend to be located in the western side of the lake and total 31 in number (13 in Canada, 18 in the U.S.). The island-village of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island attracts young crowds who sometimes wear "red bucket hats" and are prone to "break off cartwheels in the park" and general merriment.

Kelleys Island was depicted by the Chicago Tribune as having charms that were "more subtle" than Put-in-Bay, and offers amenities such as beach lounging, hiking, biking, and "marveling at deep glacial grooves left in limestone. Pelee Island is the largest of Erie's islands, accessible by ferry from Leamington, Ontario and Sandusky, Ohio. The island has a "fragile and unique ecosystem...


This area is also known as the "thunderstorm capital of Canada" with "breathtaking" lightning displays.



The Niagara River empties Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. This water has just passed over Niagara Falls.




Lake Erie is primarily fed by the Detroit River (from Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair) and drains via the Niagara River and Niagara Falls into Lake Ontario. Navigation downstream is provided by the Welland Canal, part of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Other major contributors to Lake Erie include the Grand River, the Huron River, the Maumee River, the Sandusky River, the Buffalo River, and the Cuyahoga River. The drainage basin covers 30,140 square miles.

Point Pelee National Park, the southernmost point of the Canadian mainland, is located on a peninsula extending into the lake. Several islands are found in the western end of the lake; these belong to Ohio except for Pelee Island and eight neighboring islands, which are part of Ontario.


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I leaned today that some Walleye fisherman prefer to stay on the islands. They have several ferries that come and go which take you there (30 min drive, 1st come 1st served) for approx $150 round trip depending on the footage of your vehicles, boat etc. Once on the islands you could lodge in manufactured 2/3brm homes if you wanted to for about $800 for the week. There are roads, restaurants and grocery stores there as well although most guys bring their food along.

I was told that this was one of the best ways of fishing Erie although weather patterns are always a threat regardless of where you stay.


Very cool. Interesting right? Its quite fascinating to me. I can't wait to go there. What about you, have you ever been ?

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Interesting read-

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Lake Erie walleye fishermen have been catching trophy fish all along, thanks to an amazing crop of walleye celebrating its 10th birthday in 2013.

Fishermen are worried the schools of that premier walleye class will all soon be caught or die of old age.

That won't happen, say the fishery experts, at least not for a long, long while.

"The trophy potential for Lake Erie walleye has never been higher," said Lake Erie Administrator Roger Knight, who is retiring this month after a long career with the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

"There's little doubt we have a state record walleye swimming out there right now. Walleye from the excellent 1999 hatch are still around, as well as walleye from a very good 1996 hatch. I don't think we've ever had so many big, older walleye in the lake."

Sport fishermen are often amazed to discover the age of the walleye they're catching.

"We once thought walleye only lived to be eight to 10 years old," said Director Jeff Reutter of the Ohio Sea Grant Program. "After years of studying otoliths, we know there are walleye out there that are 25 years old."

Scales were once a popular indicator of fish age - growing rings like a big, old oak tree. In recent years, biologists have found scales couldn't match the accuracy of thinly slicing an otolith, a bone in a fish's skull, to examine the growth rings under a dissecting microscope.

The older a big walleye, the better chance it will grow larger than the state record 16.19-pound, 33-inch walleye caught Nov. 23, 1999 by Tom (Blacky) Haberman of Brunswick. Oddly enough, Haberman was fishing for yellow perch with his buddy, Litchfield's Andy Emrisko, when Haberman hooked and landed the trophy.

Knight said the new record will most likely be a female walleye, which grow bigger than males. Packing on the pounds to become a trophy catch is determined by an abundance of forage fish, and Lake Erie is a smorgasbord.

The odds are fairly good one of the youngsters hatched in 2003 will one day be weighed in as the heaviest walleye ever caught in Ohio waters. That year class gets the nod, said Knight, because there are so many of them around.

If you ask Lake Erie walleye tournament fishermen or trophy seekers, big walleye are the norm this year after a dismal 2011 season hampered by bad weather. Only about 400,000 Lake Erie walleye were caught last year, but fishermen are expected to top 1 million walleye this year.

"This summer, there have been lots of days when you're fishing a nice school of walleye and all you're catching are trophies," said tournament fisherman Ryan Buddie of Lakewood. "Lake Erie is the most amazing body of walleye water in the world."

Trophy walleye caught during a 2011 Port Clinton fishing tournament were studied to determine health and age. The largest number of walleye weighed were from the 2003 class, followed by trophy walleye from the 2001 and 1999 year classes. Ohio Division of Wildlife researchers noted the oldest walleye was a 20-year-old hatched in 1991.

It wasn't the big fish of the day, simply the oldest.


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I understand the Western Basin is the place to hang out for jumbo eyeballs come ice out....





The Colchester Reef Light is a lighthouse situated on Colchester Reef in the Western Basin of Lake Erie south of the town of Colchester, Ontario.

It was originally built in 1885 by Colonel William P. Anderson to replace a light vessel that was previously stationed on that location. The original lighthouse tower was demolished in 1954 and the current structure is a white steel skeletal tower with a helicopter landing pad.

It is currently listed on the Canadian List of Lights as Light No. 620 and can be found on the Canadian Chart No. 2123



This lighthouse was one of over 500 prominent lighthouses designed and built by William P. Anderson in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

Original architectural drawings from 1882 depict four floors and an attached fog bell tower accessible from the fourth floor. Two floors were designed to be finished living space for the light keeper with the lower (still existing) stone caisson used as a cellar.


The current skeletal tower and helicopter landing pad are often populated by an invasive non-native species of cormorant and sea gulls. A noise making apparatus was installed in an attempt to scare away these birds. There is no longer a fog signal at this site.

The exposed location (particularly the south side) and northerly climate produced significant stresses on the original 1885 structure including fast moving ice during the winter months. The cement that surrounded the lighthouse's current stone caisson base has eroded on the south side revealing this ongoing damage. The mortar between the stone blocks has deteriorated and is in need of repair.




Interesting read isn't it? I like to check out that helipad sometime



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Wow isn't that something. It truly really is amazing anything including the fish survive in it isn't it?



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Thinking and talking Erie trip, trailering or Charter deal where we would drive up together book lodging overnight and fish it twice kinda thing as the ice breaker.

Anyone interested ?

Let's hear about any outings you've had there in the past. Where did you stay, who did you use ? Post pics


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Where else could you possible go in 3/4/5 hours to get eyeballs if you wanted to fish for them...

Fuggeaboutit Geneva or Delevan Walleyes. Not into it. What do we choices do we have otherwise?

Google knows hey? Yay and they pay women a lot less too

Door County run, Fox River, St Joes River, Petenwell ...

Lance has shown us that Muskegon MI has good jumbo fall eyes but in the Spring too Lance?
Lance suggested Oconto River anyone fished it ?

What else is happening on a two three dayr Eyeball wise ? Anyone >>>

Otherwise its just going to be smallie action at best...

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Lmao. Hey mo do you know that you have been talking to yourself for quiet some time on this thread???
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Yeah ha ha its OK. That doesn't matter to me. People come look, read it on CLF and from other sites too, note the views.
If they don't care to comment, don't know an answer it doesn't affect my opinions, desire in wanting to fish for Walleyes.

If it was largemouth post there'd be some more replies, interaction but the illusive, finicky Walleyes are another tale on a pedestal.

WalleyeCentral is way more responsive, informative when it comes to subject species

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