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When you think of the great outdoors, especially fishing, you might think of the Maumee River.
The Maumee River begins in Ft. Wayne, Indiana then past Defiance, Ohio and Maumee Bay in Toledo, Ohio. The Independence and Providence dams also guide the flow of the Maumee River.
The river consists of 130 river miles and mainly runs through Ohio before ending in Lake Erie.
The Maumee River has many connections with local park systems and related activities, such as boating, fishing, hunting and camping.
One of the most notable events is the annual “Walleye Run.” This special event usually begins in mid-March and lasts until mid-April.
“The exact start of the Walleye Run usually depends on the weather,” says Thomas LaVergne, education/information officer, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.
“Once the ice melts, the fish start their journey. It seems the Walleye Run begins when the water temperature is approximately 40 degrees,” adds LaVergne.
Hundreds of thousands of fish travel the Maumee River at this time while tens of thousands of the fish are caught by skillful fishers. Many of these fish measure at least 18 inches.
“Once the Walleye Run begins, we concentrate on two main areas, law enforcement and fish management,” adds LaVergne.
Fish management includes sampling of the eggs, which are also analyzed at a hatchery. Natural resource workers also track the progress and size of male and female fish during the Walleye Run and throughout the year.
Fishing regulations are important guidelines. For more information visit www.dnr.state.oh.us/wildlife/fishing.
When the weather cools in the fall, several related outdoor activities still occur along the Maumee River including waterfowl and duck hunting.
Author: Michael Siebenaler for Toledo.com
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