| The month of March begins the walleye run up the Maumee River. The mouth of the Maumee River is located
at the most southwestern part of Lake Erie and the City of Toledo, Ohio. Here the walleye begin
their journey to the spawning grounds of the Maumee River.
The combination of the rising spring run off waters, river bottom of small rocks and gravel make for excellent walleye spawning grounds. Most of the good fishing action in the Maumee River occurs during the spawning time of mid March thru April.
The hot spot is along the town of Maumee and south several miles up the Maumee River. In Maumee River terms this would be north of Ewing Island, then south to Tall Timber Rapids at the south end of Side Cut Metropark on the west bank.
Wading in the Maumee River and casting up stream is the usual method to catch these spring spawners. A good bait is a lead-headed jig with a colored twister tail. Colors to try should include chartreuse, orange, pink & yellow.
First come the 18 to 20 inch jacks then the big female follow. Close to a half million walleye have entered the river in past years.
Many vendors can be found in the area hot spots selling the favorite bait of lead-headed jigs with assorted style tails in many colors. Other fishing gear and snacks are also available at the many vendors trucks and car trunks.
End April, beginning of May brings warmer waters and spawn completed. The walleye are now replaced with the spawning white bass.