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Walleye in all the usual spots: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Nov. 9

By Laura Johnston | November 7, 2019

Walleye are showing up in their traditional fall feeding grounds from Huron to Cleveland. And to try to catch a trophy, anglers are trolling stickbaits offshore during the day, and nearshore after dark. This weekend, you’ll be dealing with chilly temperatures, plus a chance of rain and waves. See the Ohio Department of Natural Resources…

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Chilly and chance of rain: Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 8-11

By Laura Johnston | November 7, 2019

If you haven’t hauled out your boat yet, you’re in a small minority. But if you’re holding out for a Thanksgiving Crib-bean cruise, there’s a small craft advisory through Friday. Here’s the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: Northwest wind 15 to 18 knots decreasing to 9 to 12…

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Make a marine debris public service announcement and win Cedar Point tickets

By Laura Johnston | November 5, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio high school students can win a field trip to Stone Lab on Gibraltar Island and tickets to Cedar Point, by creating a public service video on the dangers of marine debris in the Great Lakes. The contest, in its fourth year, is run by Ohio Sea Grant and the National Oceanic…

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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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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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The Cargill salt mine: an other world under Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | December 1, 2017 | Comments Off on The Cargill salt mine: an other world under Lake Erie

Down, down, down. In three minutes, the skip drops nearly 1,700 feet below Cleveland. Then the giant metal door swings open, and you’re deposited in an other-world, with walls, ceiling and floor made of salt. Dirty brown salt at the Cargill mine’s entrance, where the rock has absorbed diesel fumes and dust for more than…

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What’s biting? Everything, in the best fall fishing season in recent memory

By Laura Johnston | November 30, 2017 | Comments Off on What’s biting? Everything, in the best fall fishing season in recent memory

How’s the fishing on Lake Erie this fall? The best in recent memory. Lots of steelhead have been caught along the lakefront and in local rivers, said Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. And the lake has a great there mix of trophy walleye from a record 2003 spawn, complemented by two years in a…

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Lake Erie forecast Dec. 1-3

By Kelly Reardon | November 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie forecast Dec. 1-3

Lake Erie anglers will love the weekend ahead, with mild weather for the last weekend of the Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl. Surfers, however, may need to wait for some waves. A small craft advisory (which means big waves) is in effect until 7 a.m. Friday, but the rest of the weekend is looking pretty…

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Painter Jeff A. Evans: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | November 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Painter Jeff A. Evans: Erie Interviews

Meet Jeff A. Evans, an architect who paints Lake Erie and other Cleveland scenes “plein air,” working outside in the landscape. He can capture a scene in about two hours, or the time it takes for the light to change. Plein air was common before photography, of course. But it became an art form in…

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What’s your boat name? Send us your best boat name photos

By Laura Johnston | November 29, 2017 | Comments Off on What’s your boat name? Send us your best boat name photos

There’s Seas the Day. And Happy Hours. And On the Rocks. If you’ve got a boat, you’ve probably got a boat name. Boaters love puns, so there’s a good chance it’s a play on words. And unless you inherited the name when you bought your boat used, you probably have a story behind your choice.…

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Wet suits, dry suits and scuba diving in Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | November 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Wet suits, dry suits and scuba diving in Lake Erie

Most Lake Erie divers don’t start with the frigid, murky waters of a Great Lake. They take scuba lessons specifically to go on vacation somewhere tropical — with warm, clear water. They fall in love with the sport and can’t wait to get back underwater, even in Cleveland. “The ones who dive the lake, they’re…

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Cleveland to paint red safety zones on Cuyahoga River — and ticket for docking there

By Laura Johnston | November 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Cleveland to paint red safety zones on Cuyahoga River — and ticket for docking there

The city of Cleveland plans to paint 10 sections of bulkheads in the increasingly busy Cuyahoga River red, with “No Docking” signs to keep boaters from tying up there. The longest safety zone is along the revitalized Flats East Bank, a 600-foot stretch from Alley Cat Oyster Bar north to the Norfolk Southern Bridge. Parking…

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Bratenahl house with a pool: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Bratenahl house with a pool: Lake Erie House of the Week

This six-bedroom, $1.25 million Bratenahl home has a third floor ballroom and a backyard pool overlooking Lake Erie. The 1912-built home on Lake Shore Drive sits on nearly an acre. The commercial-grade kitchen includes a Vulcan stove and Traulsen fridge. And it’s minutes to downtown Cleveland.  The house is listed by Linda Musarra of Chestnut…

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See Cleveland’s iconic Goodtime III out of the water

By Laura Johnston | November 24, 2017 | Comments Off on See Cleveland’s iconic Goodtime III out of the water

The Goodtime III is a staple on Cleveland’s lakefront. But this fall, Great Lakes Ship Yard in Cleveland used a 770-ton mobile Travelift to haul the massive cruiser out of the water, as it is every five years, for inspection, painting and repairs. The 500-ton ship was built in 1990 in Jennings, Louisiana, by LeVac…

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6 reasons I’m thankful for Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | November 23, 2017 | Comments Off on 6 reasons I’m thankful for Lake Erie

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for Lake Erie. For the access to water, not only to drink (though that’s becoming increasingly obviously important), but also to swim in and play on and watch sunsets by. I tell my out-of-town friends that in Cleveland that we get the best of the big city – professional sports, Broadway…

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