A Sport Fish Bonanza: An Overview of Wood County's Spring Walleye Run on the Maumee River

UPDATE:  The 2013 Walleye Run Forecast is now online.  Visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for more information.


As the largest watershed of any on the Great Lakes, the Maumee River truly supports a world-class fishery on its march through northwest Ohio, past metropolitan Toledo, and ultimately into Lake Erie. Fishermen flock to the Maumee’s banks from near and very far each spring for what has become a famed pilgrimage . . . for the walleye and the walleye fisherman.

Every spring starting in late February and running into May, one of the most sought after game fish in North America, the highly prized walleye, makes its annual spawning run over the flat limestone of the Maumee River. These fish spend the majority of their lives eating and growing in Lake Erie, but each year as the snow melts and the days get longer, fish pulse up the river in staggering numbers.

Big concentrations of good sized Maumee River walleyes (2 – 10 pounds, plus!) provide great opportunity to hook and land not only quantity but quality. Anglers land tens of thousands of walleyes on average over just a few short months in the Maumee. The run provides ample “limits” of flaky white fillets for enjoyment around the dinner table. But “the run” also offers a great chance to land a truly once-in-a-lifetime trophy.

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