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See who’s winning in the 2019 Walleye Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | November 25, 2019

You’ve got less than a week to catch a monster walleye and win a boat in the 2019 Walleye Fall Brawl. The contest ends at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Last year, the contest came down to the penultimate day, when Clarence Mitchell Jr. caught a 13.7-pound tank off the coast of Cleveland. In 2017,…

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Small craft warning: Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 22-24

By Laura Johnston | November 21, 2019

The end of November, and few mariners have their boats in Lake Erie. But just in case you’re holding out for a traditional Thanksgiving Crib-bean cruise, know that there’s a small craft warning until 7 p.m. Thursday. Here’s the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: West-northwest wind 21 to…

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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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Photographer Dave Sandford: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | November 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Photographer Dave Sandford: Erie Interviews

Meet Dave Sandford, whose photos of monster waves capture the awe of Lake Erie. The Canadian shoots photos for the NBA and NHL, and he travels the world taking photos of wildlife and nature. Next up is Churchill, Manitoba, where he hopes to capture polar bears before they take off on ice in Hudson’s Bay.…

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What ships are sailing into the Port of Cleveland this month?

By Laura Johnston | November 8, 2017 | Comments Off on What ships are sailing into the Port of Cleveland this month?

On the lookout for salties? Here are the European ships expected in the Port of Cleveland this month: Nov. 9: Fagelgracht, carrying containers, from Antwerp, Belgium Nov. 10: Albanyborg, carrying general cargo from Hamburg, Germany Nov. 12: Eeborg, carrying steel, from Ijmuiden, Netherlands Nov. 14: Drawsco, carrying coils/skids, from Ijmuiden, Netherlands Nov. 15: Federal Margaree,…

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See Lake Erie’s shipwrecks, from dry land

By Laura Johnston | November 8, 2017 | Comments Off on See Lake Erie’s shipwrecks, from dry land

The tugboat Admiral set out from Cleveland on Dec. 2, 1942, towing the tanker barge Cleveco, with a million gallons of wartime fuel oil, on Lake Erie. A fierce winter gale sunk both ships off the Ohio coast, killing all of the Admiral’s crew of 14 and Cleveco’s crew of 18, and spilling all of…

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USS Cod commemorates Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor

By Laura Johnston | November 7, 2017 | Comments Off on USS Cod commemorates Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor

USS Cod, the World War II submarine in North Coast Harbor, aims to be “the place where Cleveland honors veterans.” The 75-year-old Gato-class submarine, which went on seven patrols in the Pacific Ocean during World War II, remains open than later this year, with Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 25. This Saturday, Nov. 11,…

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See Phase 1 of renovations to Cleveland’s Old Coast Guard Station

By Laura Johnston | November 7, 2017 | Comments Off on See Phase 1 of renovations to Cleveland’s Old Coast Guard Station

  The view from here is 360-degree gorgeous. Downtown rises from the south. Lake Erie beckons to the north. To the east is the Cuyahoga River, and the west the massive lakers of the Port of Cleveland And all around us, the gleaming white curves of the 1940-built Coast Guard station. And it is gleaming…

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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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