Posts by Laura Johnston

Enter the Lake Erie Commission photo contest

Did you miss RocktheLake’s Winter Beach photo contest? Or our Summer Solstice Sunset contest? Here’s another competition for amateur photographers with fantastic shots of Lake Erie: the Lake Erie Commission’s Life on Lake Erie contest. Contestants must be at least 18 years old, and the photos must be taken of the Ohio Lake Erie watershed…

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Peak steelhead season: Lake Erie fish report April 5-7

Fishing, like the weather, is heating up. The GOTL Open is hosting its Spring Bash fishing tournament in Oak Harbor next weekend. Registration deadline is today (April 5). Last weekend, 140 anglers fished in the Rocky River in the sixth annual Barbie Rod Steelhead Derby. Corey Zelinkski won with a 26-inch fish, and the event…

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Foundry kicks off high school sailing season

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Foundry is kicking off the 2019 high school sailing season with a clinic Saturday and a regatta Sunday at the old Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island. The sailing clinic at the community sailing center expects nearly 80 athletes — from Michigan, Sandusky, Toledo and Columbus, as well as all the…

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Rain and snow: Lake Erie marine forecast March 29-31

Sorry, guys. It’s spring. But the weather isn’t cooperating. The weekend calls for rain and maybe snow. The Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 41 degrees, off Cleveland 37 degrees and off Erie 34 degrees. Friday: North-northeast wind around 13 knots. A chance of showers. Waves around 3 feet. High of 41 degrees. Friday…

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What life is like aboard a Great Lakes freighter

The crew lives on the ship, working six hours on and six hours off, seven days a week, for 60 days. So what’s it like aboard a laker? RocktheLake climbed aboard (literally, with a ladder) at the Port of Cleveland Bulk Terminal at Whiskey Island on Lake Erie to find out. We rode Interlake Steamship…

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Meet the fleet at Cleveland Sailing Association breakfast

Kick off the Cleveland Sailing Association’s summer regatta series with a breakfast April 7. The $10 meal begins at 8:30 a.m. at Lakeside Yacht Club, with a presentation about the proposed wind turbines in Lake Erie by LEEDCo. Engineer Ed Verhamme. The Lake Erie Energy Develop Co. hopes to build six turbines 8 miles north of Cleveland in…

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Trout stocked in the Rocky River: Lake Erie fish report March 22-24

The Cleveland Metroparks has stocked 600 pounds of trout in the east Branch Rocky River, in the first batch of the season. The Rocky River and other area streams are offering good steelhead fishing, with the freshest fish concentrated near Lake Erie, Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his weekly fish report. Though anglers should…

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