Monday, February 17, 2014
We are expecting 3-5" of new snow by Tuesday, February 18. Then the air temps are expected to increase and cause a major thaw toward the week's end. I will keep you updated on the condition of the river at the end of the week. If you have never seen the river ice break and flow, it is a sight to see. If you can help out by posting the cce movement upriver from Perrysburg, it would help inform all of us. Thanks!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Warriors: We are no longer battling the snow. We are part of it. Mother Nature reared up again for another blessing of atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes. The river has taken nicely to it all. Again frozen after some slight ice push and threats to Grand Rapids, the Maumee River is now serene, intuitive, and beautiful. * * * In fishing news, I'll weigh in on the 2003 hatch and how large those fish will be this year. Last year, many of us caught several nicely sized jacks ranging 23-27". This year, that Class is even larger, and a nice famale mount could again be a goal. I would like to investigate more about a walleye's life cycle. If I can get to that, I'll write about it and cite the research. However, last year we also saw a higher percentage of fingerling walleye (as some of us call them) ranging from 12-14". It would appear through these lenses that the walleye population will continue to be healthy and strong.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Edited post due to Hoax: According to various sources, the USCG Cutter Mackinaw was headed from Lake Erie Bay up the Maumee River to break up ice. This was labelled part of the solution to save Grand Rapids from flooding. However, I am still hoping to hear about dynamite being used to break up ice at the damn, but this claim is wishful thinking...simply because I would like to witness it. If you have a credible update on this issue, please post it. Thanks. Also, if you heard of a state record walleye caught at Catawba on the ice, it was not a record. Rumors of a 41" walleye are flying around. However, if you check http://www.mikessportfishing.com/ you will see the picture on the charter that caught it. It's huge. I have gathered that it was 11 lbs and 37"...that is what my best research revealed.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Grand Rapids is facing a standoff today due to jammed ice above the dam. Ice as thick as 13" is piling up at the dam and has not yet begun to move downriver from the dam. Even if the ice makes it over the dam, there would likely be another jam, causing the river water to back up and flood downtown GR. See this link for a full report and video: http://www.northwestohio.com/news/story.aspx?id=995774#.UtwL8bQo6Cg
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Welcome to 2014, fellow Walleye Warriors! I updated my blog a little bit just to show everyone that I will be back as your guide again this walleye season. Some additions: I changed the mobile page so that you can more easily access my blog from your phones. Let me know what you think. Only registered users can comment, but I changed it to make it easier. you no longer have to add in a 'word code' to post a comment. I also analyzed the data that Blogger gives me to determine if I am meeting everyone's expectations based on the use of devices other than a computer to access this page. I see that people come to this page regularly to see what's going on, which I appreciate (and which prompted me to update my page for a while this afternoon). Yep, Dr. Walleye is still here! The Closer and I got out ice fishing in the area last week. We did so-so. Mostly bass that were thrown back. Gills were hitting Closer good. As you gear up, buy your hooks and lead, make leaders, and change tactics, keep me updated with what you're doing. I'll periodically post how the river is doing. The river is still locked up with some small streams of water making their way down river (probably on top of existing ice). Again this year, I'll be using Instagram (@drwalleye) to post immediate pictures and news. Give me a follow to stay updated. I have some new pictures of the river from yesterday posted there now. Take it easy Warriors! See you on the river in 2014! Dr. Walleye
Sunday, September 22, 2013
At the river last week before all the rain, 3 of us only got 10 cats. The drift was slow in the warm water. It makes me wonder if it's time to hit the ponds and quarries for largemouth bass. or hit the river with small jigs to find some elusive fall walleye. But it sounds like 12" perch is the norm in the western basin.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
This week has produced a mixed variety of catfish. Earlier in the week on the river, we clobbered realy nice channels and what appeared to be blues. 4 lb catfish were coming in. Some were a dark blue and silver--and were too large to handle with one hand. Last night we got big numbers but I was not getting the big fish. The Closer got in several large cats. But DBLDIP and I were getting mids. I ended last night with 19 cats to Closer's 17. I think DBLDIP had 13 but I forget. Any way you slice it, with the river holding steady at 2.2, the drift is slow and the water low. Get on out there anglers! The river is producing.