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Sports Columns

Details are important for local anglers

Details, details, details. Who cares, right? Anglers care. Or more precisely, we qualify that by noting “successful” anglers care. They know the difference between a successful fishing trip and a bust often boils down to seemingly insignificant details. Ask Ohio’s steelhead ...

The Ohio River is a diamond in the rough

The day is never fresher than the hour after sunrise, especially when the wind is in your hair and the breeze is in your face. So began another fishing day last week. Miles of glass-smooth Ohio River stretched in front of me as I pushed the Mercury in gear and mashed the Hot Foot throttle. ...

Column: Some thoughts during YSU’s midseason bye

YOUNGSTOWN — Without a doubt, it’s been an up-and-down season for Youngstown State so far. The Penguins sit at 2-3 overall and 1-2 in Missouri Valley Football Conference play, and are a disastrous second half against Western Illinois away from being above .500 instead. On the other hand, ...

Mahoning River in good shape, but needs work

The river flows past fields of tall corn under shady canopies of hardwood trees that sprouted a hundred or more years ago and past the shadows of the valley’s industrial infrastructure that helped build the backbone of America. Its waters sustain life for a myriad of species, from the ...

Lake Erie is very much alive in 2021

Fifty years is but a blip on the timeline of our planet, but it is more than enough time for one of Earth’s most remarkable comeback stories to come to full flower. Once considered dead, Lake Erie today is very much alive with teeming populations of popular game fish that attract ...

Mistakes happen in fishing, learn to limit them

Unless your weekend plans include a trip to enjoy fantastic Lake Erie walleye action, most Northeast Ohio anglers face a few more of the tough-fishing dog days of August. The dog days are a time for extra sharp focus by anglers who do chose to hit the water even though the fishing is tough ...