Walleye having their ups and downs



Welcome back to the Lake Erie fishing report! 2016 should be a great season on Lake Erie.

So far the walleye fishing has had its ups and downs with cooler than normal temperatures in April and May contributing to the slower fishing we have experienced lately. The calmer winds and daytime highs in the 70s should help jump start the bite and help anglers put more fish in the box and is just what the doctor ordered for improving fishing conditions. After walleye spawn in the early spring, as the waters warm up, so does the fishing.

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Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative

A satellite image of Lake Erie taken on March 27.

The Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative; a 2015 research report conducted by University of Toledo, Defiance College, Bowling Green State University, Heidelberg University, University of Akron, Kent State University, The Ohio State University and University of Cincinnati in conjunction with the Ohio Sea Grant and the Lake Erie Commission; was recently released to the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

The initiative states that after the Toledo water crisis in August of 2014, the Ohio Department of Higher Education allocated $2 million to Ohio universities for research to solve the harmful algal bloom problem in Lake Erie. The funding was then matched by participating universities for a total of more than $4 million.

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Lake Erie Farm Forum to be held February 17

The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District and Ottawa County Farm Bureau are hosting the Lake Erie Farm Forum on February 17 beginning at 10 a.m. The event will be held at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds. Speakers for the event include cover crop guru David Brandt, Ohio State researcher Dr. Libby Dayton and Dr. Larry Antosh of the Ohio Farm Bureau. Farmers, landowners and the general public are invited to attend by contacting the Ottawa SWCD 419-898-1595 to reserve their spot.

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