Fishing Equipment for the Maumee River Walleye Run

Waders
Fishing Rod
Fishing Reel
Fishing Line
Landing Net
Stringer

Waders

If you’re not in a boat, you’re going to have to get out there to the fish somehow. Waders will keep you warm and dry-especially in frigid early-Spring waters. You can get hip waders, but they won’t be near as versatile and safe as chest waders. Holes are invisible under the Maumee waters, and fluctuating river heights will fluctuate with snow melts and rains.  And there’s no telling when you’ll want to edge out into the deeper waters to try to reach those running ‘eyes.

Besides being water proof, you’ll want waders that will keep you warm, are sturdy enough to be tear-resistant, and have a good grip on the bottom. Good grip with help keep traction in fast-moving waters, and will help when the water warms and moss can make the rocks slippery.

Calcutta Men's Neoprene Chest Waders Brown

Calcutta Men’s Neoprene Chest Waders Brown

Simms Men's Freestone Z Waders Smoke

Simms Men’s Freestone Z Waders Smoke

Fishing Rod

Your fishing rod is a valuable piece in your arsenal of equipment for fishing in the Maumee River walleye run. You need one sturdy enough to pull the fish upstream, have enough backbone to set a good hook and have a good snap to get out those snags. It also should be sensitive enough to feel the more subtle walleye hits when they happen.

Daiwa AIRD Spinning Rod

Daiwa AIRD Spinning Rod

Okuma Cedros Jig Rod, Med

Okuma Cedros Jig Rod

Fishing Reel

You need a durable and reliable reel for the river; one that will big enough to easily hold the test poundage that you’ll need, and a good length to make up for any breakages due to snags.

Shimano Sienna 2500FE Spinning Reel

Shimano Sienna 2500FE Spinning Reel

Shimano Stradic FK Spinning Reel, 2500HGFK

Shimano Stradic FK Spinning Reel, 2500HGFK

Fishing Line

You’ll want to make sure that your fishing line is still strong and free from abrasions. There’s little worse than losing a good fish due to poor line condition. Many Maumee River walleye run anglers use straight mono filament, but more and more are switching to braided line, or a combination of braided fishing line with a mono filament leader.

Power Pro Spectra Braided Fishing Line, 8Lb, 150Yds, Green


Power Pro Spectra Braided Fishing Line, 8Lb, 150Yds, Green

Power Pro Super 8 Slick Braided Fishing Line, 10Lb


Power Pro Super 8 Slick Braided Fishing Line, 10Lb

Ande Back Country Mono Line 1/4Lb Spool, Blue, 10Lb, 1350Yds


Ande Back Country Mono Line 1/4Lb Spool, Blue, 10Lb, 1350Yds

Landing Net

Make sure you land those walleye with a good landing net. Short-handled for a smooth, one-handed land, and wide enough to catch the lunkers.

Adventure Wade, Medium Net

Adventure Wade, Medium Net

Stringer

Of course, you’ll need a place to keep those walleye after you catch them. A good stinger allows for easy attachment, and will keep a sure hold.

Rapala Metal Stringer

Rapala Metal Stringer