Saturday, April 12, 2014
The river last night was crazy hot. Limits were everywhere. As expected, the high water, crest, and drop produced a ton of fish in the river. Many are hard females. I threw back 36 walleye, many snagged, but that shows just how thick they are in there. We also threw back many suckers, carp, and watch out for those stinky shad! Get to the river everyone. Our time has finally come! Today the lines were big and many anglers have come to the Walleye Capital of the World! * * * On NOAA, the river dropped over one foot in 24 hours and now sits comfortably at 5.8 with a continued drop in the future. Things look fantastic for a long week of hardcore fishing.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The river is falling from 8.5 ft today. I hope that even with some rain in the forecast the river will not rise. Fishing will steadily improve. But fishing spots will not all be open this weekend due to the water level. Boaters will have the advantage. I thought I got my first jack of the year this week but it was a smaller rock hard female.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Stay home this weekend unless you're headed to Schroeders to camp, drink beer, and swap stories. The river is up to 9.3 NOAA and rising sharply. It went up 5 feet in the last 24 hours. No areas will be worth a long drive. Even us local guys will be hard pressed to find a place to stand. The flow has quadrupled in the last 24 hours too. Boating is particularly unsafe as well since (1) you'll never get an anchor set, and (2) if you do anchor and need to move due to a tree headed your way, there won't be time. The Mighty Maumee is showing us her stuff. I'll let you know when high water spots are opened.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Walleye Warriors! Fish were biting yesterday as seen in the above pic of my 2 females. The one is my first Fish Ohio of the year, running 29" 8 lbs 3 oz. Glad I am on the board! I had a few throwbacks and also several carp. It was a blast! I saw several jacks caught too. DBLDIP had to take a charity fish thanks to The Birdman who limited out, but he'll be back to fight another day. The Closer went head-to-head with possibly his biggest fish ever too. The run is ON! But the PEAK is yet to come. * * * The river will rise by nightfall due to a steady rain. We are at 3.7 on NOAA right now, but they project us to flood out completely by Saturday. My guess is that the high water spots will still be accessible this weekend though. Leave your hip boots at home. * * * Thanks to my new followers and also the increased activity on Instagram. I am glad that many visitors check regularly and are commenting more. Most importantly, I am glad you find usefulness out of your visits here. In the last month I had 21,000 page views made up of 1,400 unique visitors/people. That's huge! Mobile devices are accessing the blog more than computers now too. As I said last year, I am not going to monetize my blog and make money on it since it would cause ads to pop up. I would rather keep this blog clean and easy. Come on back all season for updates. Your contributions to the blog by commenting make the site that much more valuable to people. So sign up, comment, follow, and have a step up on all other Maumee River anglers. * * * The hot spots now are the Towpath, Ft. Meigs, and Schroeders. Parking and/or launching at Schroeders is quick, easy, and fun. There are good people down there to talk with and get fishing advice. Once this rain passes, the river crests and then falls again, you will see a tremendous amount of walleye action. My name is Dr. Walleye, and you have my word on it.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you to the LADIES who have followed me on Instagram and on my blog. The women's voice on fishing is integral to the sport. And I for one, speaking for many of the genlemen on this site, love that you're fishing with us too. Together, we are the Walleye Warriors! * * * So let's talk walleye. On NOAA, the Mighty Maumee is at 5.5 with a strong west wind. The river will continue to drop tomorrow as the day goes on. But some rain is coming to slow the drop. With the river dropping nicely, we will soon get to view the damage and carnage of the winter ice. BEWARE! There are holes where there were not last year. There will be piles of rocks, especially as seen at Buttonwood, where there were holes. Be especially aware of long gone tree roots, unseen in the depth, where the largest of holes emerge. And heed DBLDIP's warning on the former post. * * * I am excited to get back into the flow of the hatch. We're so preseason here it's silly. I for one will be interested in how things are going by next weekend as well. Stay tuned on that one. And if you're like me, I had my line re-spooled weeks ago... * * * I'm Dr. Walleye, and I'm ready to smack me a couple of fish!
Friday, March 21, 2014
The river is hanging at 7.5 ft on NOAA which puts most spots out of reach. But high water areas like Orleans, lower lot, and White Street will have company this weekend. Bluegrass is not accessible this weekend. The water is still cold--under 40 degrees. And there are still ice chunks going by every few minutes, which will take boaters out of action this weekend. Hang tough fellas. We are getting there. But a long roadtrip this weekend would have you leaving here disappointed. I got one carp and saw no walleye when I was out fishing. Compared to one week ago, the river has improved tremendously. But it's high and chunky. And FAST!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
The Maumee River today is at 8 ft on NOAA and is on the drop. That's still way too high to fish, but the good news is that the recent spike in depth helped break out a lot of ice. As seen in the new top picture, the lower lot is flooded and iced over, but the river in the background is now open. There is still a lot of ice yet to travel down from upriver, but things are much improved in one week. With a forecast of quiet weather this coming week, I anticipate seeing a few people trying to get out and fish by the week's end. Keep your eyes upriver! The ice flow is not over.