Most of you heard about Tropical Storm Toledo. Well the Maumee River rose faster in 24 hours than I ever heard of. Fish are swimming in the streets! We avoided "major" flood stage. But many people around here have flooded basements and that stuff. Stupid, inexperienced kayakers are being rescued each day. Another brick in the wall.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Reports are coming in of terrible fishing on the river right now. You may get one walleye if you fish for several hours. The fish have disappeared! People are not catching white bass, suckers, carp/junk fish. Nothing right now. A survey of Greybeard at Buttonwood yesterday revealed hardly any fish coming in and few anglers with walleye on stringers to speak of. DBLDIP got one on Thursday. Birdman zero. I got none on Wednesday. It's really strange. * * * We saw this happen last year. After the late ice, the river chilled out and fishing was ok. But through the month of April, the river never had a big, swamped out push toward the bay. Never has the river gotten so flooded that we couldn't get out somewhere, which usually happens a few times per season. Yeah, we've hit depths of 6-7 ft on NOAA, but not much more than that. Don't know what to tell you. Without a huge push of water, not much is going to happen. And if we get a good flood, we will see what comes up next. More walleye? Or just white bass? This season is almost a duplicate of last year, with most people agreeing that last year sucked. This year as a whole?...not much better. One great week of fishing happened around Easter, but one great week doesn't make a solid season for those of us who fish the river a few times per week. I hope that you got to the river when the fishing was good though.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Walleye Warriors, As you have noticed I have been relying more on Instragram @drwalleye lately. It's so easy to post. But tonight, I give you a full report of fishing lately on the Mighty Maumee. * * * First, the conditions: on Thursday night the river dramatically started to rise, which ended in a crest on late Friday night at 7.54 ft above sea level. High water everywhere, and with the ice pummeling the river this spring, there are different high water spots. The flow of the river also increased dramatically even after the crest and was assisted by stiff west winds on Friday. Boaters have got to be more careful. (The number of guys standing in boats astounds me.) High water. So guys were in the usual locations. Combat fishing. * * * Second, the fishing: yesterday and tonight I clobbered fish. The sucker run is HOT! I swear those fish are on crack! You hit one and they immediately start charging upriver right past me. They are hysterical! Fish on Crack! That's what suckers are. But goddam fun to catch in the mouth. Nonetheless, the walleye were hitting too. Clean fish came in and also some tail shots. With the current the way it is, even legals came in hard sometimes. Big jacks. And I threw away a snagged female Fish Ohio tonight easy. I gave her 8-9 lbs. I was way too busy to take a picture because I had to get back to sucker fishing! * * * I had a snagged fish and it was surfacing tonight and asked a dude down from me if "it was a sucker or a walleye?" I mean, this fish was rolling tail first right past him. He said "walleye!" and got all excited. So when I brought it in and cleared the hook, I pulled it up, looked him in the eyes, held it up and said, "No man, that's a sucker!" He sorta looked at me like I was crazy and then bailed. What a dumb fuck. * * * Thirdly, fishing pressure: everyone knows that with high water means that all those anglers can only fish in more specific spots. I get it. But what I love the most is when I start slamming fish, people start to move in. And I warn guys about drop-offs and such, but at some point I just have to fish. So tonight I watched two dudes at different times fall in at the same spot! I warned the first one, but the second one was too dumb to listen I guess. It happened within ten minutes. Talk about a great laugh! Goddam, that shit's funny. People walk right off the bank expecting a gradual decline. But when they bite it face first on a 3' dropoff, I freaking think it's funny as hell! I am guessing you would all laugh too! Assholes to elbows fishing this weekend, warriors. Crazy stuff. Also in this area I want to shout out to the new owner of Maumee Tackle. As you can tell, his daily update is accurate and not filled with a bunch of bullshit Gary crap just to make a buck. * * * Fourth, The Outlook: this week will be crazy great. No rain to speak of, rising temps, dropping river. During this week, guys will smoke the walleye. Mark my words. Textbook Maumee River walleye coming as the river drops. Get on out there ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy some fresh fish! * * * And finally: thanks to you all, my blog is spiking right now on visits. I have been contacted to advertise on my blog again this year...two in one day even. Assholes. I am not going to compromise this blog just to make about $200/month they say (like I believe it). It's not worth it. Pop-up bullshit, redirects, I know it would be coming. So, as I have said in previous years, this blog will remain pure as the water in the Maumee River (before algae season) and as the Walleye Warrior Nation, we will prevail to simply talk fishing. This is Dr. Walleye. Let's fish.