What likely is the main run of walleye in the Maumee River is working its way into popular fishing sites above Maumee and Perrysburg this week.
Fishing was good through the weekend with all popular access sites producing fish and the action continued yesterday despite increased flow from recent rains.
Water temperature was slightly above 50 degrees yesterday and water-level was three feet above normal, making it impossible to wade to Blue Grass Island, said Gary Lowry at Maumee Valley Bait and Tackle.
Look for the high-water sites to produce well during the current above-normal flow, including Orleans Park and Fort Meigs on the Perrysburg side and the foot of White Street and the Towpath above the Maumee-Perrysburg Bridge.
At the tackle shop Jan Lowry said she weighed an 11-pound walleye yesterday taken by an angler fishing the bank along the channel between Side Cut Metropark and Blue Grass Island. She said that fish tend to stack up in the channel during high water because the current is slower.
The Sandusky River at Fremont was slightly muddy but was seeing a heavy run of fish as well, said Bernie Whitt at Anglers Supply there. “They re in good this year.”
Initial spawning also has begun on some of the western Lake Erie reefs, according to Travis Hartman, a biologist at the state s Lake Erie Fisheries research station at Sandusky.
Ohio Division of Wildlife crews test-netted some of the reefs last Thursday as part of a research project with the Ohio State University and found the waters loaded with walleye, mostly males, but with the first pods of females as well.
Hartman himself fished Saturday, trolling just north of the reef complex and his party took two post-spawn females and three pre-spawn females. He said that jig-and-minnow fishermen on Saturday took early limits and continued to catch and release, some boats tallying as many as 50 to 100 fish. Top reefs, he added, included Locust, Point, Crib, and Toussaint, which are some of the usual early-season producers.
Much of the lake-fishing potential this week will depend on how much heavy weather comes through, Hartman said.
Elsewhere on the fishing front, don t overlook such places as Swan Creek below Highland Park Dam for an after-work hour or two of fishing.
John Lather of Maumee recently did just that, casting small spoons. On successive days he took 21-inch and 26-inch steelhead trout, and lost two others. Steelhead occasionally wander into all Lake Erie tributaries, through the nearest stream with an established, annually stocked run is the Vermilion River.
tThe first qualifier on the Ohio circuit of the Gander Mountain Grand National Walleye Cup is set for Sunday at Indian Lake in Hardin and Logan counties.
Entries for remaining openings in the field can be filed by calling 1-800-890-FISH, or e-mail the GNWC at email@example.com. Entries also can be on site Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the boat ramp at Indian Lake State Park at Lakeview, Ohio. The event starts at 7 a.m. Sunday with weigh-in at 3 p.m. The host bait shop is Lakeside Bass Pro.
Today - Wildlfower walk, 3:30 p.m., carpool from Sandusky County Park District office, Countryside Drive, off U.S. 6 south of U.S. 20 bypass, east of Fremont, call to register, 419-334-4495 or 1-888-200-5577; also, Tomorrow, eagle watch, 1 to 4 p.m., carpool from park office, call to register, repeats same time Sunday; also, campgrounds open at White Star and Wolf Creek parks, scuba season opens at White Star quarry.
Tonight - Boating-education courses, 7 to 9 p.m., continues Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 11, Woodville Mall, Elder-Beerman concourse; by Flotilla 10-06, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; call 419-698-4122; also, Saturday, Whitmer adult-education program, UAW Hall, Jackman Road, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., call 419-473-8334.
Tomorrow - Birdwatching course, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., ElderVision program, Lourdes College, five weeks, instructor Julie Shieldcastle, executive director Black Swamp Bird Observatory; call Gloria Burke, 419-824-3707.
Thursday - Coyote program, 6 p.m., Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Buehner Center; also, Friday, master s reception for Tom Ulrich, nationally known bird photographer, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Secor Metropark Center for Nature Photography, call for reservations, 419-829-6866; also, woodcock program, 8 p.m., Secor Nature Photography Center; also, Saturday, Ulrich photo workshop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Secor, call to register; also, Monday, full-moon walk, 8:30 p.m., Oak Openings, Mallard Lake Area.
Thursday - Bird walk, 9 a.m., nature center, Van Buren State Park, State Rt. 613 east of I-75, north of Findlay; repeats Monday, 9 a.m., day lodge, Mary Jane Thurston State Park, State Rt. 65 west of Grand Rapids; call naturalist Ron Bowerman, 419-299-3807.
Friday - Fourth annual Ohio Botanical Symposium, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., auditorium of the Ohio Department of Transportation, 1980 West Broad St., just west of downtown Columbus; sponsored by the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and The Nature Conservancy; call 614-265-6440.
Saturday - Volunteers to plant wild lupine, 10 a.m., Kitty Todd Preserve, 10420 Old State Line Rd., call The Nature Conservancy, 1-877-TNC-OHIO extension 42.
Saturday - Tower shoot, Ringneck Ridge Hunt Club, 1818 Sandusky County Road 74, Gibsonburg, call the club, 419-637-2332.
Saturday - Northwest Ohio woodland and wildlife workshop, noon to 3 p.m., Lange Tree Farm, 5893 Fulton County Road 3, Swanton; call Walt or Donna Lange, 419-825-5792.
Saturday - Hike the dikes, 9 a.m., Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area, meet at Sportsmen s Migratory Bird Center; call Mary Warren at Magee, 419-898-0960 extension 31.
Saturday and Sunday - 29th annual Long Rifle Exhibit, Hotel Lafayette, Marietta, Ohio, call Association of Ohio Long Rifle Collectors, 740-344-8476.
Sunday - SKS, AK, and M-1 Carbine shoot, noon, Sandusky County Sportsmen s Club, State Rt. 600 east of Gibsonburg, call Bob Caswall, 419-862-2861.
Sunday - Annual turkey shoot, Ottawa Lake Sportsmen s Club, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., club range, Old U.S. 223, Ottawa Lake, Mich.; call Dave Price, 734-856-1806.
Sunday - Northwest Ohio Canoe and Kayak Club, paddling the West Branch of the St. Joseph River, call Dave Becker, 419-899-2437.
Sunday - Bowshoot, Lincoln Bowmen, 26245 King Rd., Romulus, Mich., register 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., call Laurie Jacques, 734-942-0906.