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Fishing for walleye at Maumee River

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Blog entry by woodymays posted 03-01-2012 02:28 AM 1093 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have never fished for walleye and I’m planning to this year sometime, mid March to end of April. Has anyone fished at Maumee and what kind of lure do you use, pound test line, etc…. Any information will help. Thanks

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#1 posted 03-01-2012 03:34 PM

I have fished at Maumee for walleye a couple times. Prepare for some intense fishing! It will be elbow to elbow on both sides of the river. They will be in the water before sunrise hoping to get a good spot. Make sure to have a set of nail clippers handy to cut the tangled lines of the other fisherman that WILL get on and around you. Be sure to not foul hook any fish, the game wardens will be looking for that and they do bust a bunch of people for it. You will want 12-20 lb line and some lead-head jigs with brightly colored plastic wiggletails. There will be so many fish in the river that you will probably snag more than mouth catch. It’s just a little bit too crazy for me. The river bottom is smooth rock and slippery. If the water is high and the current running fast it can be dangerous too! I’m glad I went and got to experience the “run” but it was a little too crazy for me. I like calm and quiet when I’m fishing and you will not have that at Maumee. Good luck and enjoy!!! You will never forget fishing at Maumee!!!

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 01:16 AM

Thanks for the information cjwillie. May I ask the weight of the jig head I should use. Also, I heard use tails 3 – 4 inches long and the fishing pole should not be stiff and not light either. To heavy of a pole you won’t fill the fish hitting the lure. Is this true, or what size of pole should I use? Thanks again

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 01:44 AM

If I remember right we used 1/2 ounce jigs and I just used my medium action spinning rod with 12 lb. line. There were so many lines in the water that you spent more time tying on a new jig because someone cut your line because of a tangle. I snagged more fish than I caught legally, so most got turned loose. DO NOT try to keep a snagged fish. You WILL GET CAUGHT!!! It was not the kind of relaxed fishing I prefer but it is definitely an experience you will always remember. It’s been a few years since I made the Maumee run and it doesn’t look like this old body can take another! The part I hated was standing in chest deep, fast running water, elbow to elbow, IN THE DARK, just hoping you don’t fall! Until the sun comes up you can’t see a thing! It’s an adventure, go and enjoy yourself!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#4 posted 03-02-2012 01:52 AM

Thanks cjwillie. I will let you know what happens on this trip. I plan on going March 23, 24.

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