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Lake Erie, Maumee River fishers need to pay attention to the weather


This time of year can be difficult for anglers who have to account for the fact that bodies of water can throw off frigid air even when temperatures a short distance inland are warmer.

Winter, no bully this year, has proved reluctant to let go. Spring, however, arrives Monday with a just-in-time forecast of warming temperatures.

Water, to be sure, has remained cold enough in most of the state to be considered dangerous should an outdoor dunking occur. The temperature of the Maumee River, where walleye famously run to spawn this time of year and hopeful fishermen cast for them, stood at 39 degrees last week.

Coincidentally, 39 was the temperature reading of Lake Erie off Toledo.

Such a chill might be OK for fish, who, after all, have little choice, but humans adrift in such water will be too numb to swim in about seven minutes and deceased in 30 to 90. But cautious anglers who know how to dress for frigid water, including choice of waders, mostly do fine.



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