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Lake Erie virtually ice-free this year,

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CLEVELAND - The Walleye are biting out in Lake Erie, but don't grab the ice fishing gear. Leave that at home. I know -- it's mid-February.

Die-hard Lake Erie anglers would normally venture out on a thick coating of ice to reel in their favorite fish. But this year, there is no ice. And Lake Erie is not alone in this ice-free zone. Temperatures around all five Great Lakes are averaging a good 5 degrees F above normal since November. Great Lakes ice cover stands at only 5 percent as of February 15.  more...



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