Fishing Equipment for the Maumee River Walleye Run
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.