You’ve got less than a week to catch your winning walleye — and a $100,000 fishing boat. The 2018 Lake Erie Fall Brawl ends at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.  As of Monday afternoon, the leading fish is just over 12 pounds, nearly 3 pounds shy of last year’s winner.  “This weather hasn’t been cooperating,” said…

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Meet Andy Setlock, an 82-year-old angler from Wickliffe who’s impatiently waiting for the central basin of Lake Erie to freeze solid, so he can go ice fishing. Last year, the weather was too warm, and the lake never froze. This year, the temperatures have been frigid, but masses of snow are insulating the surface and…

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Ice fishing started off Catawba Island last week, the earliest Capt. Tony Muscioni can remember in his 65 years. The ice there, hemmed in by the Erie islands, freezes before other spots in Lake Erie, said Muscioni, who runs airboat trips onto the ice. Now the ice is about 7.5 inches thick. The Ohio Department…

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Why fish? For anglers who have been casting or trolling since childhood, that’s a silly question. But for those of us who have never baited a line, we wonder: What’s the appeal of sitting and waiting for fish to bite? (Especially when it’s cold?) Carl Bachtel, 53, a Bass Pro Shops fishing pro staffer from…

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With less than two days left of the seventh annual Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl, anglers crammed the Cleveland harbor, hoping to catch a big one. Matthew Branigan hooked a 14.97-pound walleye Friday morning, the biggest ever in the competition. But that doesn’t mean the contest is over. Fishermen came out on a sunny afternoon,…

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