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Walleye Run 2010

It's March and from my understanding it's that time of year again for the Walleye Run. Any anglers have some tips for when is a good time to start?

Guess with it being so nice out today I'm starting to get that itch for fishing. The last time I drove over that area of the Maumee river is wasn't covered over by snow anymore.

created by INeedCoffee on Mar 01, 2010 at 05:41:28 pm     Outdoors     Comments: 19

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lol, just drive down River Rd past Side Cut Park. If you see a tackle vendor trailer, it's time. ;p

posted by nana on Mar 01, 2010 at 10:22:54 pm     #  

Monitor :

From Maumee Tackle :

river conditions 3/01/10 6:45 am

the river level was at 580 1/2 feet above sea level. the water clarity was 12''. water temp was at 37.2 degrees. up three dergees from 2/25. the air temp while checking the river was at 33 degrees.

Pollick - Feb 28, 2010 - Walleye time fast approaching :

... walleye should start their initial spawning runs up the Maumee and Sandusky rivers from Lake Erie in the next couple of weeks.

Water temperatures in the Maumee still were hovering in the low to mid-30s last week, and it takes temperatures in the low to mid-40s for the walleye runs to fire up. Mike Wilkerson, a fisheries biologist with Ohio Wildlife District 2, noted that usually occurs the last week of March or the first week of April.

Of course, some years with milder Februarys a few anglers take some of the early male "scouts" well ahead of the main runs. That is not the case this winter.

posted by jr on Mar 01, 2010 at 10:39:01 pm     #  

can't wait, this is going to be the year I finally catch one! :)

posted by INeedCoffee on Mar 02, 2010 at 02:33:22 am     #  

I think we are still about 3 weeks away. Ice has not moved out yet...all this snow and a warm up and we will have some high water as well. Makes for some dangerous wading. I usually wait till late April when the water levels and temps. get to a normal level. Keep your eye on that maumee tackle link as he updates it every day.

posted by transcom on Mar 02, 2010 at 08:26:39 am     #  

Need to have some Walleye fishing tournaments downtown, can be sponsored by the Mud Hens and the Walleye hockey clubs, say $50 dollar entrance fee. Can showcase the docks, or the Marina district, maybe a couple of the marinas downtown can help out. Set up in the park by the river.

posted by Linecrosser on Mar 02, 2010 at 01:04:57 pm     #  

Linecrosser: nice idea, know I would try. Winning price could be a couple mudhen or walleye tickets, sounds like a good money raiser to me for the teams.

Maybe even UT's hockey team.

posted by INeedCoffee on Mar 02, 2010 at 01:18:29 pm     #  

"Need to have some Walleye fishing tournaments downtown ..."

If you're fishing the Maumee River during the walleye run, you're most likely wading somewhere from Perrysburg upstream to beyond I-475. Boaters will fish the Maumee-Perrysburg area, but most of the river fishing is done by people wading. I think a one-day contest used to be hosted at Side Cut Metropark.

Lake Erie walleye tournaments at this end of the lake are usually hosted in Port Clinton where boaters have quick access to the lake and prime fishing areas. But boaters can catch walleye in shallow Maumee Bay.

posted by jr on Mar 02, 2010 at 02:21:41 pm     #  

Doesn't just have to be at the run upstream, im thinking like bass tournaments gentlemen start your boats, watch them fly down river to the lake. Give em 4 hours first have a nice stage with scales and who ever has the most pounds by the appointed time wins. Could use the docks by the park and Cosi / learning station / portside.

posted by Linecrosser on Mar 02, 2010 at 04:10:03 pm     #  

Could have some entertainment downtown while your at it, some local bands. Invite some of the fishing shops down to sell stuff, like bass pro shop, who ever. Bring people downtown, have a childrens boating safety course, bring the coast guard folks to officiate or teach the kids water safety. Heck add in something for the hunters maybe, some sort of dog water fetching competition. Lots of things could be incorporated into a downtown event.

posted by Linecrosser on Mar 02, 2010 at 04:16:54 pm     #  

Good ideas Linecrosser, ever thought about running for office?

posted by INeedCoffee on Mar 02, 2010 at 04:40:50 pm     #  

Can't I live in Michigan. Born in Toledo, live a stones throw away and do most of my business in Toledo.

posted by Linecrosser on Mar 02, 2010 at 05:39:40 pm     #  

fish are animals too and need to be left alone. they are in the river at this time of the year to spawn. how would you like it if something ripped you out of bed while your with your partner? leave the fish for the bears and deer - they need them more than man does.

posted by creon on Mar 03, 2010 at 12:54:21 pm     #  

Bears in Toledo and Deer eat fish? Huh.

posted by transcom on Mar 03, 2010 at 01:01:03 pm     #  

I think creon has been making margaritas with antifreeze.

And besides, my good friend Kurt Cobain said, "It's okay to eat fish 'cause they don't have any feelings."

posted by jr on Mar 03, 2010 at 04:01:44 pm     #  

If the deer in Toledo have a taste for meat, how long till they turn on us!

posted by SensorG on Mar 03, 2010 at 04:07:41 pm     #  

Look a PETA head, you just need to starve, because its been shown plants have feelings too. So you cant eat anything and you will curl up and die. Thankfully.

posted by Linecrosser on Mar 04, 2010 at 03:18:56 am     #  

Any luck fishing this year? I've been to sick to make it down to the river but did drive over it on my way to the Dr and saw many guys carrying their limits back to their cars. Monsters too :)

posted by INeedCoffee on Mar 29, 2010 at 11:10:53 am     #  


I caught my biggest male Walleye fishing from shore a few years back. It barely mouthed the lure, not a bite, just carrying the lure out of his nest.

During the run the fish are more about breeding and protecting the nest than feeding. The males are likely to pick up the lure and take it away from the nest and spit it out, rather than make a real strike. Same with Largemouth in the marinas(catch & release) during the spawn.

I've watched bass in clear water pick up the lure carry it away from the nest and spit it out. So flick your wrist at the slightest movement of your line or tick in the string. Get a rod and line that translates this well to your hands. Stop in at Maumee Bait & Tackle and tell them what you want. They will outfit you well and give you tips. The best Walleye fisherman I've ever known taught me this stuff, and when other fishermen would have one fish, he'd have caught and released a dozen in his quest for the monster fish of all time.

I caught that biggest fish ever while on the cell phone with 91.7 Mich Public Radio in Ann Arbor, addressing a current issue. After landing the fish and ending the call, Dr. Bob called me on the cell having heard me on the radio. When I told him about the landing the fish while addressing the panel on telomerase biology and the war on cancer, we had a great laugh.

posted by prime3end on Mar 29, 2010 at 11:42:08 am     #  

cool story prime3end, thanks for sharing. Hoping to feel better by this weekend so I can go out. Agree about Maumee Bate and tackle, always fun to talk with those guys glad to found that gem (after someone here mentioned it).

posted by INeedCoffee on Mar 29, 2010 at 11:45:39 am     #