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I haven't posted a report in a long time so I thought why not see something different here for a change. I'm currently a lazy-ass to reformat and restructure my writeup for this website so I will just copy & paste everything that I wrote on my site onto here - I hope nobody minds. Hope you all enjoy the collection of fish porn as well as all the words that go behind the captions. It was an extremely fun fishing trip with some good friends and we hope to make this event be a yearly tradition for many years to come.

Keep in mind that this is just for the first day of fishing we had.... My next post, coming tomorrow will be for the second and final day of fishing that we had.
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April 3, 2009

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A while back, there was an open invite to anyone on my website from friend Nate Tessler, to come out and fish in Ohio. It was for the world-famous Maumee River Walleye Run located in northwestern Ohio. Nate, formerly of Addison IL, is an ichthyologist at Bowling Green State University and independent fisheries manager who runs the tanks at the Toledo OH, Bass Pro Shops and does field studies and electroshock work with the OH and IL DNR's. It took me a while to make a decision on whether or not I should attend along with a few others and make the four-hour eastward trek down I-80 because I had many other things on my mind, but thankfully I made the right one and had a blast this entire weekend with some really good people!

I ditched classes Thursday and made the trip out with good buddy Mike and his speedy taxi service. He went to his morning class and we were on the road by sometime after 12pm. After a ride in which Mike was flying down the turnpike and toll-road at 95M.P.H. which resulted in a $214.00 ticket, we arrived at Bass Pro to meet with Nate and our other friend John Dyers and to get ourselves equipped with the Maumee River Walleye fishing necessities.

Because our licenses were not valid until the next morning, there would be no fishing for us on this day. The rest of the evening was dedicated to partying, responsible drinking, and good discussion at Nate's place.

The following morning, it was game-time!
We got out of bed sometime around 5:30 and arrived to our spot at the river at around 7am. First cast was not had until sometime around 7:15 am.

The weather at first was horrible but good enough for fishing. Light rain with some steady periods, along with overcast skies, 50-degree air temperatures, and wind with 20mph gusts. Water clarity was poor in the form of chocolate milk but the fish didn't care. It was around 51-52 degrees and it was spawning time.



The area we focused our fishing on was a classic spawning area comprised of a shallow run of current with hard bottom and a gravel/small rock substrate. The fish were running, milting, and pretty thick in number as evidenced by the numbers of snagged fish we had encountered throughout this trip.

In order to catch these walleyes, and since large lures or anything with a set of trebles is disallowed due to OH-DNR regulations, a typical rig is a basic carolina/slip-sinker rig with 2-3 foot leader with a floating jig and piece of plastic attached. Sinker weight ranged anywhere from 3/8oz to as much as 1/2oz or more. We needed the heavier stuff just to get the right drift through the current and to avoid bottom snags. Ifyour rig was dragging lightly along the bottom, we were in business. As far as color combinations were concerned, they didn't seem to matter. Whites, Chartreuse, Orange, Green, Pink tails all worked on various-colored jig heads. Based on observation and success, I would have to say that anything with orange did best.

Video from Walleye Run:


Nate was the first to hook-up and it came quickly within his first 5 drifts.




Nate hooks up yet again.


A typical Maumee River Walleye - referred to as a jack (the spawning males).

During this morning session we fished from 7am until 12pm. John and Nate limited out within the first 3 hours while Mike and I had struggled catching and let alone snagging at least something. We had nothing on our stringer and it was most likely attributed to using too light of a line as well as a rod that didn't have the best backbone in the world for horsing in fish through current. I was at first using a 7-foot medium-fast action rod and later on switched to my heavier 7-foot medium-heavy and that made a HUGE difference in solving the problem.

If there was any particular highlight during this morning wade, it had to have been while I was on shore re-tying my rig. A few feet away into the woods were two younger guys sitting on a fallen tree. They acknowledged me and said with a southern country accent, "Hey, are you guys done catching fish yet?" I shook my head and LOL'ed when I went back into the water to rejoin the crew.

More fish photos from the morning session below:


Dyers gets his first.


As evidenced by this 18-inch male's belly, this one was jizzing all over the place.


A typical Friday crowd. Not too overly crowded and not too bad. It was very tolerable and weather probably was a factor in the number of anglers out.


Nate already catches his limit for the day.


John lands his own.


Catch after the morning session. Now it was time to head off for a lunch break.

After an hour-long lunch, we returned again to the spot because our day of fishing was still incomplete. Mike and I had to get at least a few fish apiece on our stringer. In addition, Nate's and John's friend Tom from Chicago came out and joined us as well for the remainder of the weekend. During the afternoon we fished from 2pm until sometime before last cast at around 8pm.

On a random note, average Walleye size was about 18 to 22 inches. Largest fish of the day were a pair of 23-inchers by both Nate and John. According to Nate, the fish were more stacked and in number in this area than any other previous day during this run. About 90-percent of the fish we encountered were milting right on us. In addition to these spawning Walleyes, the Silver Redhorse were using the same habitat as they were on the verge of spawning as well. The redhorse were either caught in the mouth, or snagged as they were all over the place.

In the afternoon, and following a desperate equipment change, I was finally banging into a few fish. I snagged a couple such as this 20-incher Walleye, and then managed to catch two legals that were about the same size.




One of the other areas in the general vicinity we tried fishing.

Personally for myself, the afternoon fishing was much better than the morning session as I was finally able to figure things out through some trial and error.

More photos from the afternoon session:




A bunch of guys were giving Nate and Dyers ugly looks for not only already having a limit, but for still fishing out there and C&R'ing everything they were catching.










Our catches from the afternoon session. If you are wondering about the redhorse that is on the stringer, the motive behind it was for food-consumption purposes. Little did I or Nate the fisheries expert or anyone know that it would be a very bony fish. It was a huge mistake. It was flaky and too bony for me to handle but it was edible. Meat was very good - just too bony for anyone to handle.


The fish cleaning afterparty.

For the day, the final number of legally caught fish was about 21 Walleyes, with many snagged ones as well and some suckers. Based on the day's-worth of photo and video I took, the day was basically the Johnny Dyers Fishing Show.



Day-2 fishing will be posted tomorrow.
 

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Nice report dude. Looks like you had a blast!

Haha, Sparks... I have not had one of those for awhile!
 

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Andrew, I just got off the phone with a buddy and might go Friday :mrgreen:

By the way, I have a clue where to go. But not exactly what stretch of the river to fish if you can help me out.

As for those warts. I did a little research and found this...

http://www.walleyerun.com/content/index ... 0&Itemid=1

It's pretty interesting.

Again Nice report and any info you have is greatly appreciated.
 

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Fopoil said:
Wrenching got to http://www.maumeetackle.net

Look around, should have all the info you need.
Thanks Fopoil,

Yea I just learned a whole bunch of info on this river, just by doing a bunch of google searches. I think we are going to fish between Bluegrass Island and Buttonwood Park. The current there is suppose to be pretty good. Action has been hot all week.

I guess everyone Carolina rigs with a floating jig head. 3 inch grubs are the ticket right now as even Andrew stated. The regs are 4 walleyes at 15"s. I cant wait.

I have to thank Andrew for putting this post up, Otherwise I would have never pulled one of those moves where you plan a little trip at the last minute. Now I need to order my Ohio Fishing License :D

Thanks Fopoil and Thanks Andrew!

Dave
 

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No Problem, I dont know if you have a place to stay or not. I didnt go to the run this year, but have gone the last two. I stayed at the red roof in both times at about 50 buck a night. Its about 15 min. from the river. The rooms go straight to outside, easy to take you tackle into your room and tie up leaders and whatnot. I believe the hotel is on reynolds rd. if interested.

If you have any other question just ask.
 

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No Problem, I dont know if you have a place to stay or not. I didnt go to the run this year, but have gone the last two. I stayed at the red roof in both times at about 50 buck a night. Its about 15 min. from the river. The rooms go straight to outside, easy to take you tackle into your room and tie up leaders and whatnot. I believe the hotel is on reynolds rd. if interested.

If you have any other question just ask.
No problem, Thanks again Fopoil. Actually I am going for just the day. LOL We are leaving at 2 or 3am on Friday morning and hopefully will be in the water by almost 7am. Then we will probably leave around 5 or 6pm and be home by 10pm. It will be a long day, but well worth it. I will be purchasing my ohio license online tomorrow. I cant wait... I am going fishing tonite as well :D
 

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Day Two.

- Walleye cheeks were very good. Like eating fried calamari.
- Matt, too bad you or your bro didn't come out. You would have been the old man of the group.
- Dave, we fished in the Perrysburg area. Lots of public access over there. For a 1-day trip, I think you're nuts but besides arguing over a Busse Musky or WWD, who am I to judge. :) First cast is around 715am, last cast is around 745-8pm at latest.
- nssele, Dyers is a good shit. I enjoy fishing with him very much.

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April 4, 2009

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The day began as basically a repeat from the previous morning. By this time, we already had our routine down: Wake up at 530am, and be out on the water in our spot and ready to go sometime a little after 7.



We fished from 7am until around 11am. Water temps fell a few degrees down to 49 thanks to a cold front from late Friday.

Unlike Friday, the river was much more crowded but there was still plenty of room to be had for casting angles and fish-catching purposes. The river and fish-catching however was a lot slower than the previous day, but with some extra patience some catches would be had.



Due to the crowds that were gathered in Friday's spot, we had to move downstream a bit, but not that far away from the expansive riffle run we killed the previous day. The five of us, John-Nate-Mike-Tom-Andrew found a nice area which we were catching fish from - well, me mostly with 4 snagged Walleyes, 1 legal, and a number of snagged suckers. However, Nate, John, and Tom were able to catch one Walleye apiece while Mike was shut-out.




Dicking around with Walleyes... it was John's idea.



Following a 12pm lunch break at B-dubs (buffalo wild wings), and a quick gear stop at Bass Pro, we were on the road eastward to meet up with a buddy of ours from the site who resides near Sandusky and fish the Vermilion River for Steelheads.

Video from Vermilion River

I honestly have no idea where we were at on the river, but it was somewhere around a state park and it was very scenic. At the V, we fished from 3pm until a little after 8pm. Steelheads were the main quarry and they were definitely around - jumping everywhere or just fighting the shallow current and trying to make their spawning runs.

Nate-Tom-John-Mike were working the fly rods while Adam and I were working the spinning gear, either casting small in-lines or drifting floats through the pools and current.


In order to get down into the water, we had to carefully climb down a rock wall.









Since I really don't know too much about Steelhead or salmonid species other than they fight like hell, I will let most of these photos do the talking themselves. This was a really pretty river and quite fun for an entirely new experience.


We all fished this pool from the riffles-downward pretty hard. At the end of this run, Nate eventually hooked his 30-incher but we failed on the net job.


Big Mike.


From a distance I saw the rainbow in the waterfall but wasn't expecting to capture it on photo. Somehow it came out and found this to be pretty cool of Adam.


The flyboys.




The only fish I caught from the Vermilion. 5.5lb Silver Redhorse that took a #3 silver/purple Mepps inline. I was thinking first-ever Steelhead at first but although the fight from this sucker was awesome, I was a bit disappointed.


Nother photo.


The Steelheads were on their beds and running the current. After John and Tom had departed and headed back to Bowling Green, the four of us remaining anglers headed upstream from the main area towards a shallow run with current and we had encountered several running Steelheads. Nate had snagged a few accidentally but eventually caught this one as it inhaled his egg fly pattern.

I caught 1 Redhorse, Tom caught 1 Sucker, and Nate caught 1 Redhorse, 1 Steelhead, and lost 2 or 3 others.

Some more photos below:




Adam took this one. Pretty cool angle of how it looks when I get good fish photos on camera. :D

Outside of that, here are a few other random photos that either I took, or Adam took off his camera and then e-mailed me:









And that's all she wrote.

All I have to say is that the trip was lotsa fun, and 100% worth it! Hopefully we can do this again next year - hopefully BIG fish can be involved too. :D
 

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Awesome Pics Andrew! Beautiful scenery as well! :D Those steelhead look beautiful as well.

I am actually thinking about heading out next week friday instead of this coming friday. I might have to tackle some close to home fish with this warm up coming in.

Thanks for the report. That is a trip you guys will never forget!

Good Job Out There Guys!
 
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