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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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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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What hauling out your boat for the winter entails

By Laura Johnston | October 30, 2017 | Comments Off on What hauling out your boat for the winter entails

It’s time to haul out the boats. Boating season on Lake Erie runs April through October, which means marinas right now are working every daylight hour to hoist boats out of the water, winterize their engines, clean them up, shrink-wrap them tight and store them for winter. That way in the spring, they’re ready to…

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Surfrider Foundation could start Cleveland chapter

By Laura Johnston | October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Surfrider Foundation could start 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 hours…

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One two-hour, cold practice on the Cuyahoga River with the Western Reserve Rowing Association masters team

By Laura Johnston | October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on One two-hour, cold practice on the Cuyahoga River with the Western Reserve Rowing Association masters team

The sun ducks out of sight, and the lights of Cleveland blink on. Eight men in a 60-foot shell glide inches above the black water of the Cuyahoga River, pushing their legs and pulling their oars in unison. “Let’s keep it nice and long, gentlemen,” their coach, Kirk Lang, yells through a bullhorn from the…

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Internet of H2O teams pitch high-tech solutions to Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms

By Laura Johnston | October 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Internet of H2O teams pitch high-tech solutions to Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms

Five teams will compete Friday in Port Clinton at the first-ever Internet of H2O event, presenting ideas to keep Lake Erie’s water supply safe and harmful algal blooms under control with the goal of winning $50,000 in cash and services. The idea is to use technology to improve the systems that monitor phosphorus and other nutrients, which…

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Lake Erie Charter Boat Association President Paul Pacholski: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | October 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie Charter Boat Association President Paul Pacholski: Erie Interviews

Meet Capt. Paul Pacholski, president of Lake Erie Charter Boats Association, which counts 650 boat captains as members. As the Walleye Capital of the World Lake Erie has one of the most prolific fisheries anywhere. (Fishery basically means total amount of fish.) And anglers fly in from as far as California to charter a boat…

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