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See the Walleye Fall Brawl payouts

By Laura Johnston | October 23, 2019

Nearly 8,000 anglers are competing in the 2020 Walleye Fall Brawl, the most ever in the 10th annual fishing derby. All those competitors make for the biggest prizes in the history of the brawl. Warrior V208 boat, worth about $100,000 HewesCraft 210 Sea Runner boat, worth about $75,000 $45,000 $35,000 $25,000 Kids Division, 15 and…

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Time for the Walleye Fall Brawl! Ohio Lake Erie fish report

By Laura Johnston | October 17, 2019

The 10th annual Walleye Fall Brawl starts Friday! And we’ve got lots of fall fishing to look forward to. In fall, steelhead trout are the highlight in the Rocky and Chagrin rivers, says Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec.  The rain in local streams will entice more steelhead to enter the northern portions of the watersheds, Durkalec…

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Sunny and 60s: Lake Erie marine forecast Oct. 18-20

By Laura Johnston | October 17, 2019

The winds should taper off by Friday, and the weather is looking sunny and warmer for the weekend. So maybe keep that boat in the water for one more weekend. Friday: Northwest wind 8 to 11 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet. High of 54. Friday night: Variable winds less than 5 knots…

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See photos from the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival

By Laura Johnston | October 16, 2019

An annual highlight of autumn, the Lakeside Marblehead Lighthouse Festival welcomed thousands of visitors into the community of Lakeside Chautauqua for children’s games, pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts vendors, a farmers’ market and even a clambake dinner. Down the road, the Marblehead Lighthouse was open for visitors to climb. The sun was out Saturday, despite…

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See the Song of the Whales restoration, Cuyahoga River water trail designation

By Laura Johnston | October 9, 2019

Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River have had a big year, celebrating 50 years of resurgence since the final river fire. Check out two recent celebrations of that work, in videos from West Creek Conservancy’s Peter Bode. Above, artist Wyland touches up his Song of the Whales mural on the Cleveland Public Power building. (Find…

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Catch the biggest steelhead in Ohio and win gear

By Laura Johnston | October 4, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Fishing Co. is teaming up with former Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas on a contest to catch the biggest steelhead in Ohio. The winner will receive a Cleveland Fishing Co. hat, beanie, hoodie, T-shirt, and mystery item autographed by Thomas. Brian Tigue launched his company in April with hats, T-shirts,…

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Walleye still biting: Lake Erie fish report Oct. 4

By Laura Johnston | October 3, 2019

Lake Erie walleye are still biting, and anglers are signing up for the annual Walleye Fall Brawl, which starts Oct. 16. See the full Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report. Western Basin Walleye  Where: Walleye fishing remains consistent with limits of smaller fish being reported near Locust and Cone reefs. Fishing continues to be good…

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Clouds like waves over Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | September 30, 2019

The waves on Saturday formed over a calm Lake Erie. The curved swells of clouds are actually a type called Kelvin-Helmholtz. And they denote instability in the atmosphere. Did you spot them at all? Take a look at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See the 2019 Lake Erie winning photos

By Laura Johnston | September 26, 2019

From a rainbow of Adirondack chairs to a kitesurfer on a massive wave, the winners of the Life on Lake Erie photo contest are astounding. Ohio’s Lake Erie Commission runs the contest each year. Check out the winners here: https://www.lakeerie.ohio.gov/PublicOutreach/LifeonLakeEriePhotoContest.aspx And check out the winners of RocktheLake’s 2018 Summer Solstice Sunset photo contest below:

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When do you haul out your boat?

By Laura Johnston | September 23, 2019

It’s officially fall, even if the weather is stuck in summer mode. So when do you plan to haul out your boat for the season? We’ve got lots of boating season left, from weekend cruises with the family to fishing during the Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl. The Cleveland Metroparks’ Emerald Necklace Marina removes its…

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Miller ferry Captain David Dress is Put-in-Bay lifer: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | April 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Miller ferry Captain David Dress is Put-in-Bay lifer: Erie Interviews

Meet David Dress, a Put-in-Bay lifer who has been at the helm of Miller Boat Line ferries for nearly three decades. “It was a summer job that turned into a much, much longer,” said Dress, 52. Miller, the largest and most frequent ferry service on Lake Erie, started spring runs in March. It was originally…

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From booming port to tourist town: Historic Ashtabula Harbor

By Laura Johnston | April 4, 2018 | Comments Off on From booming port to tourist town: Historic Ashtabula Harbor

Bridge Street was a boomtown, built up over a few years, when railroads connected Ashtabula Harbor to the mills of Youngstown and Pittsburgh and iron ore and coal streamed in and out. Near the turn of the 20th century, as many as 65 boats waited, loaded and unloaded by hundreds of immigrants who worked hard,…

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9 Lake Erie festivals you won’t want to miss in summer 2018

By Laura Johnston | April 3, 2018 | Comments Off on 9 Lake Erie festivals you won’t want to miss in summer 2018

Getting set for summer? Think warm thoughts, and check out the most unique and fun festivals on Ohio’s Lake Erie shores, from June through August 2018. You can talk like a pirate — and dress like one too. You can run along the Cuyahoga River, compete in a stand-up paddleboard race, sip wine while eating…

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Bay Village modern, with steps to Lake Erie: House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | April 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Bay Village modern, with steps to Lake Erie: House of the Week

This $1.7 million, 4,000-square-foot home on Lake Erie was built in 1980 and fully remodeled in 2010. Known as a Trout House for its architect, William Trout, the Bay Village house has a modern aesthetic, with radiant floor heat throughout, nearly all new windows, white oak and speakers throughout the house. There are three bedrooms,…

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Lake Erie walleye fishing in 2018 promises to be spectacular

By Laura Johnston | March 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Lake Erie walleye fishing in 2018 promises to be spectacular

Welcome to the new good old days of walleye fishing on Lake Erie. Most of the 2015 walleye hatch – one of the largest ever in Lake Erie – is now big enough to keep, under Ohio law. And the excitement is justified. “It’s going to be one of the best walleye seasons we’ve had…

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Meet Lake Erie artist, activist, community project manager Allison Lukacsy-Love: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | March 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Meet Lake Erie artist, activist, community project manager Allison Lukacsy-Love: Erie Interviews

Meet Allison Lukacsy-Love: artist, community projects manager for the city of Euclid and member of Cleveland’s first Young Professionals Council of the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Originally from New Jersey, Lukacsy-Love grew up wanting to live near the water. She moved to Cleveland in 2011 after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University to work for…

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Where to find waterfront dining on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Where to find waterfront dining on Lake Erie

  Nothing better than sharing a meal with friends while watching the sun set on Lake Erie. Unfortunately, in Ohio, restaurants on the Great Lake are hard to find. Cleveland has only a few. (Thankfully Cleveland has plenty of waterfront dining in the Flats, on the Cuyahoga River.) That’s why we created a list of…

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How to prep your boat for a spring launch

By Laura Johnston | March 27, 2018 | Comments Off on How to prep your boat for a spring launch

Boatyards, backyards, marinas and yacht clubs will soon spring to life to prepare for the 2018 boating season. Fishing charter boats are putting in the water as soon as Easter weekend. Recreational boaters have dates to launch any time between mid-April and late May. But first owners have to cut the shrink wrap off their…

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How the Lake Erie Foundation is trying to fix the harmful algae bloom problem

By Laura Johnston | March 27, 2018 | Comments Off on How the Lake Erie Foundation is trying to fix the harmful algae bloom problem

Everyone knows Lake Erie has a harmful algal bloom problem. The evidence is literally bright green, toxic slime on the surface of the lake’s western basin each summer. The blooms are caused by excess phosphorus. But how exactly do you solve the problem? The Lake Erie Foundation wants to collect and analyze data to create…

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$2.6 million Frazier Drive stunner: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | March 26, 2018 | Comments Off on $2.6 million Frazier Drive stunner: Lake Erie House of the Week

Stunning Lake Erie views come with this $2.6 million mansion, which boasts one of Rocky River’s best addresses, on Frazier Drive. The 5,700-square-foot home at 19650 Frazier Drive, built in 1995, features four bedrooms, four bathrooms and new hardwood and ceramic flooring. It has a two-story great room and a finished lower level, complete with…

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