Ohio anglers and recreational boaters who frequent the walleye rich western basin of Lake Erie, a reef and structure rich section of the big lake, are just weeks away from what has become an annual summer plague, the onslaught of blue-green algae.
It’s the crackling of the fire, the warmth of flames, the simple comfort of the stone fireplace, which highlight our evenings, which over the years have become treasured times of comradery, friendly jokes, and memories shared.
By MIKE TONTIMONIA This year’s crop of whitetail fawns is on the ground but they aren’t the only new things that might interest Ohio deer hunters. The new laws regulating deer hunting are also on the ground, so to speak. Actually, the new 2014-15 regs are online and in print. Booklets are available from Division […]
By MIKE TONTIMONIA Father’s Day in this house is usually minus Dad due to an annual Canadian fishing trip that always seems to happen over the Father’s Day weekend. But since most of the weeklong outing participants are fathers and sons, we continue to recognize our family roles in various ways, including a search of […]
In the mid-1980s, Lake Erie’s declared title of Walleye Capital of the World was already well established and undisputable. Those were times when the accepted method of walleye fishing was drift fishing and casting to the fish. The waters of Erie’s shallow western basin, a body of water stretching from Toledo to the islands, contained […]
They are the sparkle in a hunter’s eye, possible the only reason he or she hunts. The topic of conversation at every gathering. They grace the cover of nearly every fall issue outdoor magazines, and they are the focus of banquets, camp fires and contests. They are what success is measured by, the basis for […]
By MIKE TONTIMONIA Although Ohio has but one major natural lake, the Buckeye ranks high in recreational boating. Of course that one major lake is a Great Lake, and indeed, Lake Erie is obviously the most significant single draw for boaters, measured by boat registrations and economic impact. But while the waters of Lake Erie […]
Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer, and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin.
Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.