Wylie the Walleye is a giant fiberglass fish found in Port Clinton, Ohio. This fun roadside attraction would be a great place to take some silly pictures. We found him at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitor’s Center, but he evidently moves around.
Will the real Wylie the Walleye please stand up? Errr… I mean swim on over? We spotted this giant fiberglass fish (which may or may not be the real Wylie) in the parking lot of the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitor’s Center in Port Clinton, Ohio. So of course what’s a roadside attraction junkie to do? She runs over and takes a picture of course!
I thought nothing more about the giant fish until I got home. What’s his story? I checked out my roadside attraction bible (AKA RoadsideAmerica.com) and discovered that the giant fish’s name is Wylie. Evidently Wylie has helped make Port Clinton a hot New Year’s Eve destination every year, thanks to the Walleye Drop.
Every year on New Year’s Eve, they drop good ole Wylie from a 3 story tall crane at the stroke of midnight. Seriously! Wylie is around 20 feet long and weighs 600 pounds. He is constructed from fiberglass and has been fitted with LED lights. The Walleye Drop has been a Port Clinton tradition for over 20 years now.
Don’t believe me? Watch this YouTube video of the 2018 Walleye Drop. Am I weird that after watching the video, I kind of want to visit Port Clinton on New Year’s Eve this year?
I am pretty sure the one I spotted at the Lake Erie Visitor’s Center isn’t the real Wylie the Walleye, but I am glad I got a picture at any rate.
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