Lake Effect Lake Effect is a journey through all things Lake Erie, its tributaries and near-shore realms. The Great Lakes are the largest body of fresh water on earth and while Lake Erie is the second-smallest and most shallow lake with just two percent of the Great Lakes' water, it holds 90 percent of the biomass (fish and other living things). We'll visit scientists, anglers, charter captains, farmers, tourism officials, boat-restorers, historians and a host of others who have an affinity for the lake through either proximity, work or a simple love of the greatest Great Lake.
Lake Effect

Lake Effect

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Lake Effect is a journey through all things Lake Erie, its tributaries and near-shore realms. The Great Lakes are the largest body of fresh water on earth and while Lake Erie is the second-smallest and most shallow lake with just two percent of the Great Lakes' water, it holds 90 percent of the biomass (fish and other living things). We'll visit scientists, anglers, charter captains, farmers, tourism officials, boat-restorers, historians and a host of others who have an affinity for the lake through either proximity, work or a simple love of the greatest Great Lake.

Most Recent Episodes

Managing Walleye & Yellow Perch Populations

In this episode, we'll chat with Travis Hartman and Matt Faust, ODNR fisheries biologists who work out of the Sandusky Fisheries Research Station. The pair, along with other staff in Sandusky and Fairport Harbor, monitor and manage Lake Erie fish populations and health including the two most popular fish, walleye and yellow perch

Managing Walleye & Yellow Perch Populations

D'Arcy Egan on Lake Erie, Walleye and Being a Good Person

In this episode of Lake Effect we'll visit with Marblehead resident D'Arcy Egan about his half-century of outdoor reporting including his 30-plus years at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. But mostly about his special relationship with Lake Erie, the evolution of walleye fishing on the lake and a little about sharing the outdoors with others and being a good person.

D'Arcy Egan on Lake Erie, Walleye and Being a Good Person

Rick Henkel's Lighthouse

In this episode we'll meet with Port Clinton native Rick Henkel. He's a well-known Pittsburgh-based commercial illustrator whose odyssey to create a completely accurate architectural cut-a-way fine art print of the Marblehead Lighthouse took nearly a decade. We'll hear about the ups-and-downs and ins-and-outs of his research and work on this personal project. And also about why he still loves Lake Erie – and the lighthouse.

Scott Carpenter with Toledo Metroparks

East Toledo native Scott Carpenter, a former news reporter and editor has been working for Toledo Metroparks for almost three decades. His love of Lake Erie and all it has to offer has helped him forge a strong bond between Metroparks visitors and the lake, its marshes, tributaries and wildlife.

Cary Ferguson, Lake Erie, Glass & Oil

Cleveland native Cary Ferguson moved his studio, and life, to Marblehead more than two decades ago earning a living as a glass artist and painter. His art is almost exclusively centered on the lake and its flora, fauna and people. In this episode, Ferguson shares a little about his work, history with the lake and the future of the area.

The Ottawa County Museum

Let's Visit with Peggy Debien, curator of the Ottawa County Museum. This former U.S. Navy officer grew up in Port Clinton, left and returned home. And now she knows, and catalogs, everything Ottawa County and Lake Erie.

The History of Matthews Boats

In this episode, James checks in with 92-year-old Bob Reynolds, whose grandfather founded the Matthews Boat Company on a little creek in Seneca County but whose boats and yachts became treasured possessions for people around the world. The company also launched wooden boats for the Allies in both world wars. Unfortunately, the advent of fiberglass boats in the 1960s spelled the end for Matthews.

Managing Ohio's North Coast

James Proffitt speaks with Scudder Mackey, chief of ODNR's Office of Coastal Management. All things related to where water meets land on Ohio's North Coast.

Port Clinton's Burning Snowman

What began a decade ago as a small end-of-winter gathering has morphed into a massive business-boosting bash that raises thousands of dollars for local charities and culminates with the burning of a 30-foot "snowman" on the shores of Lake Erie. For some businesses, the last Saturday in February is the busiest day of the year.

A Lifetime of Words

Let's visit Fremont resident Steve Pollick, retired outdoor editor at the Toledo Blade who spent 40 years bringing all things Lake Erie and outdoors to readers in northwest Ohio.