Maumee River and Lake Erie Report 23 February 2017– Walleye caught in river for 5 days in a row

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Maumee River Report:


TEMP- 47 degrees

Barometer: 29.69 inHg and rising

Wading to Bluegrass Island is possible

Clarity-9 inches

For the last 5 days we have seen walleye caught out of the river. we have seen walleye come out of all access areas, Bluegrass / Buttonwood, Orleans Park, Ft Meigs , The Towpath and most caught at Jerome rd Rapids. Today use  a 20-30 inch leader , and  1/2 oz to 3/4 oz  weight . Pink head /green tail, orange head / green tail  and green head with motor oil or blue metallic flake  were the predominately successful color.  The color orange sparkle tail with a white head also triggered some bites. Dont forget  Berkly Power baits are always good to use as they add appealing scent, taste and feel to this  popular grub style, creating a very effective lure. Works wonders on all fish, especially walleye, bass and panfish.

The water temp has warmed significantly in this last 5 days. The warm water flowing out of the Maumee and into lake Erie will trigger that first push of fish to come into the river. We look for bite to steadily improve over the  next few days and to be very good by the weekend.

Pay attention to immersed shorelines that feature rock or riprap along with timber. You  wants some current but not a swift whitewater rapid,and if the flow is impeded by rocks or a logjam, the resulting eddy is especially appealing to the walleye. During an exhausting breeding season, walleyes won’t journey farther than they need to. They require only some baitfish to eat and a safe place to rehabilitate. Shorelines have both.The challenge with high-water on the Maumee is its impassability. The very rocks and lumber that walleyes favor are a frustration to anglers. Use short casts  to maintain control, strikes  usually occur while the jig is on the back end of the drift . Set the hook hard and don’t relinquish much play until the fish is clear of the snags. The Maumee river also eat jigs, especially snarled shoreline cover. So be prepared to lose a few jigs, not to mention fish. If the spot produces a few fish stay on it awhile. Naturally occurring areas with holes and cover  invite a continuous string of newcomer walleyes. Patience is a virtue in these circumstances.

Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming north in the afternoon.
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 41. East wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. South wind 9 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Lake Erie
      Walleye have been caught from Huron to Cedar Point in 25 to 40 feet of water, and to a lesser extent west of South Bass and Catawba islands .Most fish were caught by trolling with crankbaits, but some have also been caught by vertically jigging.
    The Lake Erie water temperature is 36 off Toledo and 35 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast
      Have fun, be safe and good luck fishing



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