The legendary walleye run on the Maumee River is a big deal for avid fishermen in the area. In fact, the tales of plentiful catch draws anglers from around the country to our area every March & April as the ice begins to thaw.
I've talked about fishing the Walleye Run every year since I moved to Toledo in early 2013 and saw pictures of men wading into the Walleye, rod and reel in hand. This was going to be the year that I finally did it!
But, being a novice, I decided rather than buying a lot of gear that I might only use once, plus it's frankly difficult to find waders in my size, I decided to rent a boat from Captain Zach at Fowl and Fish. He would provide the gear, let me fish from the comfort of a boat, and I could smoke a cigar while swapping stories with a couple of friends along for the adventure. Unfortunately, when the charter day came, the wind and currents were too dangerous for the best boat on the river. So, we did what any responsible fisherman would do ... and waded into the rapids!
My buddy Greg happened to have spare waders that I was able to squeeze in. My other bud, Dan, Greg, and Captain Zach would be my guides as we cautiously walked across the slippery rocks that line the Maumee.
Here's a quick time lapse of what happened that afternoon. And, my fish. My one fish. That I may or may not have caught.