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Lake Erie steelhead fishing report and commentary: Weather and water flow so far in January has been unlike what we have experienced in recent years. Open water conditions are perfect. Winter steelhead fishing is a great opportunity for all anglers - do it if you can; however, you need to adjust your expectations. February weather prediction calls for sub-freezing temps 24/7 for first week of the month. If true, ice-lock of tributaries will result so fish now and track the weather. Follow the steelhead upstream where you may find small pods of steelhead hiding where no angler is looking. Keep your planning window short. Only go when you have water flow/color conditions that match your fishing style. Never fish alone.
 
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 Marine Forecast
...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON...
.REST OF TODAY...Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots becoming south.
Scattered snow showers late this morning. A slight chance of snow
showers late. Waves 3 to 6 feet subsiding to 2 to 4 feet. Waves
occasionally around 7 feet. 
.TONIGHT...South winds to 30 knots becoming west. Snow showers
likely in the evening, then snow showers likely with a slight
chance of rain showers overnight. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to
4 to 7 feet. Waves occasionally around 9 feet. 
.SATURDAY...West winds 15 to 25 knots becoming southwest and
diminishing to 10 to 15 knots. Cloudy. Waves 5 to 8 feet
subsiding to 2 to 4 feet. Waves occasionally around 10 feet. 
.SATURDAY NIGHT...South winds 5 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to
20 knots. A chance of snow and rain showers in the evening, then
rain showers likely overnight. Waves 1 to 3 feet. 

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January Calendar 
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This blog/article offers a series of links to additional information that will jumpstart your planning process. You can always use the search box option to find information you need. The best place to begin is an estimate of the steelhead run potential based on the number of smolts stocked in 2020. You can then apply the survival rate and create your “guesstimate”.  As you read you will discover the number of fish to expect in each tributary.

These articles focus on the how to succeed.  Beginners need basic information. Experienced anglers need information to avoid early season pitfalls. Finally for good measure, we offer encouragement to try winter angling for steelhead.

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