Water temperatures discourage Walleye Maumee River traffic

By Al Smith - Guest Columnist

Some longtime veterans of the annual spring walleye run on the Maumee River are saying this year’s run will be among the worst they fished.

Mother Nature certainly has not cooperated by offering plenty of winter-like weather, but few if any warmer days. Consequently, river water temperatures have been cold, thus keeping the walleye from swimming into the Maumee and Sandusky in significant numbers. According to reports, catch results have been better in the Sandusky River thus far.

Low water temperatures and low water flow had been seen recently in each river. When water temperatures reach 50, walleyes usually reach both rivers in huge numbers. Early last week, the temperature in the Maumee was only 38 degrees while the water temperature of the Sandusky was 42 degrees. Rain during 50-degree days should help the water temperatures, but forecasts for this week call for temperatures in the 40s with below freezing temperatures overnight. Thus, colder water temperatures are likely to remain. Rain last week could help raise the levels enough to help push the walleyes.

All locations in the Maumee have been fishable while Rodger Young and Walsh Parks are the best sports in the Sandusky. Heavier water flow will change that

As usual, bright colored twister tails are the best baits with anglers fishing them on a Carolina-rigged floating jig tipped with a twister tail on an 18 - 24 inch leader with between 1/4 - 5/8 oz of weight depending on water flow. Anglers on the Sandusky also have been successful tipping a lead head jig with a twister tail and letting it bounce along with the water’s flow.

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A pair of Limaland bass pros found the fishing and conditions tough during the opening tourney in the Hoosier Division of the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL).

Dick Shaffer, of Rockford, and Jon Angstmann of St. Marys were among numerous anglers that didn’t catch a keeper during the event on Patoka Lake in Birdseye, Indiana, last Saturday. Only 25 anglers caught keeper fish in rainy and windy conditions that featured a high of only 35 degrees. A total of 107 anglers did not catch a keeper bass in the event.

Boater Jeremy Knepp of Montgomery, Indiana, caught three bass weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces, Saturday to win the event.

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Persons interested passport to fishing certification course must preregister by Wednesday for the workshop, which takes place Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Wildlife District Two office at 952 Lima Ave. in Findlay.

The one-day instructor training program that qualifies individuals to become Ohio Division of Wildlife certified fishing instructor, similar to a hunter education instructor.

This workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 952 Lima Ave., Findlay 45840. Participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch and dress for the weather. It is free of charge, but preregistration is required by April 4, as space is limited. Interested individuals can register by calling Andrea Altman at 419-429-8321. Participants will be required to complete a background check.

Passport to Fishing was developed by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and utilized by State agencies like ODNR Division of Wildlife. Workshops teach volunteers the basics of fishing and how to run a four-station program within a fishing event. These instructors then go back to their communities, with a written curriculum and training aids, to teach kids and beginning anglers the basics of fishing.

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If you want to witness an annual spring ritual among wildlife, you might enjoy witnessing the courtship flight of the woodcock or “timberdoodle.”

A woodcock walk at Maumee Bay State Park, located east of Toledo, will be held at 7:45 p.m. On April 14. Participants should meet at parking lot 7 (youth fishing pond parking). Make sure to call 419-836-9117 beforehand to make sure the program is occurring because it is weather dependent.

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at flyfishman7@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL


By Al Smith

Guest Columnist

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at flyfishman7@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at flyfishman7@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

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