The Maumee River Walleye Run

The ice breaks apart, falls away, melts into oblivion. Fisherman wade into the murky waters of the Maumee to catch walleye. It’s a brief time when walleye are easily accessible without the means of a boat, and the walleye are confined to the narrow channels and the breadth of the Maumee River. It’s Spring. It’s the start of walleye time in the Maumee. Or March, if you want to get specific.

Fishermen travel from far and wide for the Maumee River walleye run. They endure frigid waters, fast currents and sometimes elbow to elbow competition to get to the walleye as they make their run. But it’s walleye, and therefore worth it.

What Happens on the Walleye Run

The walleye head upstream to spawn. That’s pretty much the entire purpose for it. The important thing to know is that only a small percentage of Lake Erie walleye actually make the trip up the Maumee. They do so, being stopped only by the occasional shallow rapids or dam.

The jacks arrive first. First ones in, last ones to leave. They await the females, who lay their eggs. Then, the males do their business and wait around for any straggler females. When it’s all over, they head back to the lake.

When Does the Maumee River Walleye Run Take Place?

This is debatable, but a popular consensus is that things kick in when the water temperature in the Maumee reaches 40 degrees.¬†As for a more official date when you can legally fish the walleye run, you will have to ask the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. As for when it ends, a good indication is to look to another run. When white bass start making their way up the river, it’s usually a good indication the walleye run is drawing to a close.