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Anglers ready to fish for Walleye

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MAUMEE, Ohio -

Chilly weather isn't stopping fishermen from casting their lines in search of Walleye.

Lifelong fisherman Ron Reed was among those ready to hit the banks of the Maumee on Sunday. "We got fishing fever! We have been cooped up all winter." 

Ron says he is ready for the walleye to run. "We watch the conditions every day until we saw that it was right."

Don and hundreds of other anglers went to Maumee Tackle to stock of on gear like poles, bait and hooks.

Sarah Belknat says she's ready to head into the cold water. "I've been wanting to go for five years and I finally got my waders, so I can go fishing in the cold water."

Store owner Gary Lowry said the cold water has slowed the usual spring business. "It's way down, but once we get that big run, everyone will be coming out of the woodwork and we will catch up on lost business, I'm sure."

Lowry says Walleye will be migrating from as far away as Lakes Huron and St. Clair. They started their trip to the Maumee about a week ago when things began to warm up.

Lowry says it was a late start. "Normally we start seeing fish in the end of February or beginning of March, but with the cold weather...Once it starts pushing 40 is when we really start seeing fish."

The Maumee River is still a bit cold for female walleye to lay eggs, to until the water warms up, fishermen may be reeling in empty lines.

Evan Scott left empty-handed, but Evan he isn't discouraged."We are probably just going to try some different spots."

Lowry says fishing is about more than just reeling in the catch. "When fishing, it isn't necessarily about catching fish. it's about the outdoors and enjoying the outdoors."

The walleye are expected to peak by the end of next week. But after walleye season comes white bass season followed by small mouth bass which runs into the fall.

 

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