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Western basin walleye hatch second best ever! Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 20

By Laura Johnston | September 19, 2019

Hooray! The spring 2019 walleye hatch was even better than last year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. It’s the second-best ODNR’s Division of Wildlife has ever recorded in surveys of the western basin. The yellow perch hatch was also strong, well above its long-term average. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Lake…

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Edgewater hosts J/70 North American sailing championship

By Laura Johnston | September 11, 2019

J/70 sailboats are coming from across North America to race at Edgewater Yacht Club Sept. 25-28. The club is hosting the North American championships, with the Cleveland (215) Regatta serving as a tune-up Sept. 20-22. “People don’t know they should be proud, the events we’re hosting, the regattas we’re competing in,” organizer Caroline Sundman said.…

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Where to camp on Lake Erie shores

By Laura Johnston | September 10, 2019

Want to fall asleep under the stars, listening to the waves on Lake Erie? What you need is a tent and a campground. And thankfully, we found 10 along the Ohio coast — including spots on Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island and Middle Bass Island. Check out 10 state parks and private campgrounds at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Chagrin River wins $200,000 grant to stabilize banks

By Laura Johnston | September 9, 2019

The Great Lakes Commission on Monday announced $2.2 million in grants to reduce the runoff of sediment, nutrients, and other pollutants into the Great Lakes. That includes $200,000 for bank stabilization on the Chagrin River, which runs into Lake Erie. Grant recipients will use the funding to install controls or add practices that limit sediment or nutrient…

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Demo boats at Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | September 5, 2019

Summer may be over, but you’ve still got a chance to enjoy Lake Erie at Cleveland’s only in-water, free boat show, the Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show. Nearly 100 boats — from small fishing craft to luxury motor yachts — will be open for boarding and demonstration rides. You can also try a one-hour,…

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How students can win a $1,000 scholarship from the Walleye Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | September 5, 2019

High school students who love to fish could win $1,000 scholarships from the Walleye Fall Brawl. The scholarships will be awarded by the Fall Brawl to one girl and one boy, who write 500-750 words on “why they enjoy fishing and how they may help improve the activity in the future.” Entries are due Nov.…

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Ohio Lake Erie Labor Day weekend fish report

By Laura Johnston | August 28, 2019

It’s the unofficial last weekend of summer, which means fall fishing is just heating up. The Lake Erie water temperature is 74 off Toledo and 74 off Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast. And the lake is full of walleye, perch and smallmouth bass. Here’s the Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report. Western Basin…

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Beyond rock painting: 6 ways to get your arts fix at Lakeside Chautauqua

By Laura Johnston | July 22, 2019

Art ties the summer — and families — together at Lakeside Chautauqua. Classes include painting, dancing, music and more for all ages, at just about any time of day. You can even make soap to take home for Christmas gifts. See how you can get involved at the private community on Lake Erie, with the…

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Volunteer paddlers needed to help with triathlon

By Laura Johnston | July 18, 2019

Want to help Cleveland host the USA Triathlon Age-Group championships? Experienced kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders are needed for water safety teams, to help keep racers safe during the swim portion of the triathlon at Edgewater Beach. The events take place Aug. 9-11. Sign up below, and mark your calendars for a pre-event training session on…

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Meet new Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Conductor Daniel Meyer

By Laura Johnston | July 17, 2019

Brought to you by Lakeside Chautauqua and rockthelake.com Music is magic you can get lost in, says new Lakewood Symphony Orchestra Conductor Daniel Meyer. In this world of YouTube clips and 30-second commercials clamoring for attention, “You can lose track of time. You can unplug and disconnect when you get completely engrossed in a piece…

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It’s cold weather season on the Great Lakes: How to prepare

By Laura Johnston | November 6, 2017 | Comments Off on It’s cold weather season on the Great Lakes: How to prepare

The water temperature in Lake Erie has dropped to the 50s. The temperature at Cleveland’s water intake crib was 57 degrees Monday. Which means even if the air is warm and you’re feeling brave enough to head out on the lake for one last fall jaunt, be prepared. If you fall in the water, hypothermia…

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Bratenahl mansion: Lake Erie house of the week

By Laura Johnston | November 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Bratenahl mansion: Lake Erie house of the week

In the market for a lakefront mansion for less than $1 million? You can buy a six-bedroom, century-old home in Bratenahl designed by iconic Cleveland firm Meade & Hamilton for $995,000. The house, on 1.3 acres on Lake Erie’s shore, features three full bathrooms, original hardwood floors, wood-paneled library, sun porch, custom-renovated kitchen, master suite…

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Great Lakes Science Center could showcase Lake Erie during happy hours, Browns tailgates

By Laura Johnston | November 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Great Lakes Science Center could showcase Lake Erie during happy hours, Browns tailgates

Great Lakes Science Center is revamping its café. And it’s considering hosting happy hours and Cleveland Browns tailgate parties on its sprawling patio, with an impressive view of Lake Erie. The cent er already hosts plenty of weddings and private events. But it wants to attract the young professionals who live and work downtown –…

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Steelhead bite strong on Lake Erie shore

By Laura Johnston | November 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Steelhead bite strong on Lake Erie shore

Looking to catch some steelhead trout? When Lake Erie’s waves calm, the steelhead bite has been strong very good along the Cleveland lakefront, says Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. While steady rain has made it tougher to catch steelhead in the rivers, “the fall run is just gaining momentum with the increase in flows…

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Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 3-5

By Laura Johnston | November 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 3-5

It’s definitely November. If you’ve got a roof on your boat, then you should still be able to get some time on the water as winds and waves Friday through Monday are looking relatively calm. But rain is possible each day from Friday to Monday, though you should get a brief dry period from late…

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Goodtime III Capt. Jordan Kit: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | November 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Goodtime III Capt. Jordan Kit: Erie Interviews

Meet Jordan Kit, at 26 the youngest captain of the Goodtime III in the company’s nearly 60-year history. Kit pilots the 500-ton, 1,000-passenger ship through the Cleveland Harbor, under bridges and around freighters on the Cuyahoga River, for as often as four two-hour tours a day.   That wasn’t his original plan. As an international…

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Traci Lynn Martin just hit Cleveland, in her goal to circumnavigate all 5 Great Lakes in 1 year

By Laura Johnston | November 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Traci Lynn Martin just hit Cleveland, in her goal to circumnavigate all 5 Great Lakes in 1 year

Traci Lynn Martin has been paddling since March, aiming to set a world record by circumnavigating all five Great Lakes in one year. Martin, a 50-year-old competitive endurance kayaker who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, wakes up each day feeling like she’s been hit by a train. But she keeps paddling her surf ski kayak. So…

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Paddlers want to form Surfrider Foundation Cleveland chapter

By Laura Johnston | November 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Paddlers want to form Surfrider Foundation Cleveland chapter

Cleveland surfers, paddlers and kayakers want to form a chapter of the international Surfrider Foundation, which works to keep beaches accessible and water clean. Bill Cochrane, owner of Nalu Stand-up Paddle & Surf shop in Rocky River, posed a question about a chapter on Facebook last week. The comments were swift. Yes! Yes! Yes! Within…

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Traci Lynn Martin just hit Cleveland, in her goal to circumnavigate all 5 Great Lakes in 1 year

By Laura Johnston | November 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Traci Lynn Martin just hit Cleveland, in her goal to circumnavigate all 5 Great Lakes in 1 year

Traci Lynn Martin has been paddling since March, aiming to set a world record by circumnavigating all five Great Lakes in one year. Martin, a 50-year-old competitive endurance kayaker who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, wakes up each day feeling like she’s been hit by a train. But she keeps paddling her surf ski kayak. So far,…

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The ghost cat of the Fairport Harbor lighthouse: An eerie Erie story

By Laura Johnston | October 31, 2017 | Comments Off on The ghost cat of the Fairport Harbor lighthouse: An eerie Erie story

For years, curators at the Fairport Harbor lighthouse museum swore they saw a ghost of a cat, skittering across the kitchen floor or jumping on the bed. Then, they found one. During renovations in 2001, workers installing air conditioning vents discovered the mummified remains of a cat in a crawl space. Was it Sentinel, the…

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