May 26, 2016

Elyria
Clear
75°F
 

Weather playing spoiler for Lake Erie anglers

The weather for the last two weekends has been rough on Lake Erie fishermen, keeping most anglers on inland waters or following other pursuits. Those who braved up to 50-minute runs in 3- to 5-foot waves of the Bassmaster’s Northern Open bass tournament in Sandusky found the fish, but two boats swamped and needed to be towed while one angler fell overboard. All boats Read More…

In a sportsman’s life…the REAL trophies are not the fish, but the memories.

The day begins with an alarm call several hours earlier than usual. Bleary eyed I struggle to my feet, make the coffee and try my best to remember what few things I have yet to load in the van. I kiss the little heads of sleeping children, and tell my incoherent wife I’m off. Ike Read More…

Of Monarchs and Meisselbachs

We all know the Monarch Butterfly, and most of us know that they winter over in Mexico. Some folks even now things like the butterflies that migrate back north to us in the springtime are an entirely different generation than those that left us in the fall. But do you know that the monarch’s existence Read More…

Smokin Fish

The smokehouse, the icehouse and salt were a basic part of the world in which my grandparents reached their 30s and beyond. I can still remember a hot Summer day as a group of us chased the iceman for the chips that flew from his pick as he cut icebox ice for customers on Kenyon Ave. in Elyria. Decades Read More…

Hike With Ike

You might remember my dog, Eisenhower, from our adventures hunting shed deer antlers last winter. In case you thought I only let him out to hunt birds, rabbits or sheds, I thought I’d share with you one of our recent outings. Thomas Jefferson didn’t like the form of exercise we’d call “sports” today. He felt Read More…

Glassing for Deer

This time of year I spend a lot of time “glassing” or looking through my binoculars and spotting scope for whitetail deer, and at this time of year they are seemingly everywhere at the right hours. Walking around the lake there’s a young couple on the bank fixing a couple of lines, completely unaware that Read More…

Harmful Algae Blooms

Remember that bit of information I gave you some weeks ago about how the forecast for the Lake Erie algae bloom was rather moderate this year? Yeah, well, about that… During the first weeks of spring, environmental agencies monitor phosphorous levels in the Maumee River system to estimate from this primary nutrient just how bad Read More…

Then in began to RAIN

A wise man once said, “Some days you win, some days you lose, some days it rains.” He was using a baseball metaphor to talk about life because when it rains, they stop the ballgame. Although I get what he meant, you can’t take this too literally because real life doesn’t stop when it rains, Read More…

All about that Bass

Word on the lake is the Walleye bite is terrific again, and the perch are picking up in places too. It’s shaping up to be another terrific Lake Erie summer but let’s look inland for just a bit. I love the lake fish and ith them as often as I can when my freezer needs Read More…

Sitting on a hill in the evening

Sitting on a hill in the evening, I try to situate myself facing either north or south. That way I’m not staring into the sunset, or silhouetted with the sun behind me. If I am, I try to break up my outline by staying below the crest of the hill or I put a tree Read More…