Port Clinton, Ohio: Wylie Walleye at Walleye Capital of the World

Many towns battle for the title of "Walleye Capital of the World." This 18-ft. long fiberglass fish is the only one which descends from a crane on New Year's Eve.
121 E. Perry St., Port Clinton, OH
Downtown, usually (but not always) in the parking lot of Arlington Inn/America's Best Value Inn on the north side of Hwy 163/E. Perry St. between Madison and Jefferson Sts.
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Wylie Walleye.

Wylie Walleye at Walleye Capital of the World

When I stopped in Port Clinton, OH, I spotted a model of the walleye different than those currently documented.

[Jeff Foushee, 01/10/2019]

Appears to be a street display fiberglass version of Wylie, not the one lit and dropped on New Year's Eve.


Wylie Walleye at Walleye Capital of the World

When we visited on 6/25/17, Wylie was in the parking lot of The Arlington Inn, but he is on a trailer, so he might move around a bit. It wasn't really worth the 20 minute detour we took, but if you're already in/near Port Clinton, it's something to check off your Roadside America bucket list.

[Adam Limpert, 06/27/2017]

But if you find yourself anywhere near Clinton on New Year's Eve, you'd be crazy not to detour for the Walleye Drop!

Wylie Walleye.

Wylie Walleye at Walleye Capital of the World

Found Wylie Walleye at the Port Clinton welcome centre!

[Jen Backler, 08/12/2016]


Walleye Capital of the World

Wylie Walleye is now in the parking lot of America's Best Value Inn. I spoke with an employee at the front desk and was told Wylie belongs to the motel owner and that this is usually where he can be found. He is on a trailer, so he does get moved occasionally, but this is where he will be most of the time. It appears that his eyes light up. He is almost as ferocious-looking as the shark at Mike's Taxidermy.

[signmanjoe, 05/23/2015]
Walleye Capital of the World

We drove around town for 20 minutes. Finally asked a police officer in town where Walleye on trailer was hiding. Said he might be in storage. Bummed, but nice little fishing town to visit.

[Amy, 07/14/2014]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Statue of Sea Captain and Young BoyStatue of Sea Captain and Young Boy, Port Clinton, OH - < 1 mi.
Fierce Lake Erie SharkFierce Lake Erie Shark, Port Clinton, OH - 4 mi.
Handless JacquesHandless Jacques, Marblehead, OH - 6 mi.
In the region:
World's Most Massive Doric Column, Put-In-Bay, OH - 12 mi.

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