Every New Years Eve, Port Clinton releases a 20-foot, 600-pound fiberglass fish from a crane at the stroke of midnight. If Georgia can drop a peach, why cant we drop a walleye? reasons Tom Brown, the citys mayor and chairman of the Walleye Madness at Midnight
Committee. After all, Port Clinton is the Walleye Capital of the World. For the past dozen years, thousands of locals have endured chilly weather to hang out underneath the ginormous aquatic creature. They begin gathering up to eight hours before the fish falls, participating in tailgating parties that rival anything happening outside Browns Stadium. Area eateries dish up walleye chowder, walleye sandwiches, walleye chips, and walleye popcorn. A local vineyard even pours glasses of Walleye White. Plus, ice sculptors craft -- you guessed it -- walleyes out of giant ice cubes.
Sun., Dec. 31, 4 p.m.