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Spriing White Bass Fishing On The Maumee River In Toledo Ohio
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Spriing White Bass Fishing On The Maumee River In Toledo Ohio

White bass fishing during the spring spawn is some of the most exhilerating and pleasureful fishing I have ever done. For the past seven years I have spent the first week end of May on the Maumee river in Toledo, Ohio when the white bass make their annual trip up the Maumee to spawn.

The Maumee isn't the only river they head for. The Detroit River in Michigan provides equal or possibly better fishing during this time as well. Let me take you on a trip that I hope you'll find as pleasurable to read about as I find each year fishing. Perhaps you will take the time and travel to Toledo because I know without a doubt that you'll be hooked! No pun intended. :)

I take the trip from my home in Chattanooga, Tn. each year to see my fishing buddy Chris and enjoy the sport of catching these delicious great fighting fish. Go along with me on this year's trip.

Arriving in Toledo on a Thursday evening after the eight hour drive up I-75 really added to the excitement of seeing my old friend and spending a wonderful weekend on the Maumee. From my buddy's house to where we put in is only a couple of miles. We spent Friday getting the boat ready and making sure we had our poles and tackle in order and drinking a few beers with Chris while catching up on everything that's happened since we were last together. It was great seeing Chris and his wife Beth again. He and I fished a lot together, from small lakes in Michigan to Lake Erie and upstate Michigan at Fletchers Pond where we caught large mouth bass and northern pike. We went elk hunting 2 years ago and both bagged wall hangers. Better leave those trips, as fantastic as they were, for another story.

We got up early Saturday morning and checked the weather. When you are fishing in northern Ohio you just never can tell what the weather will be like. We've used sunscreen before and practically burnt up and the next year fished with layered clothing and still nearly froze our rear ends off. This Saturday we were lucky. The temperature was mild and was in the seventy's a.m. and the low eighty's in the afternoon. Most importantly, the winds were going to be mild at about five mph out of the west. The temps can change your comfort level but high winds can ruin the whole trip. The Maumee River runs in a west to east direction emptying into Lake Erie and as anyone who knows this area will tell you the wind usually blows from the west towards the east making it a windy fishing trip.

After a stop off at a local resturant for breakfast and coffee to go we headed for the Maumee Bait and Tackle Shop located in downtown Maumee. They have been in business for years and always have a good supply of tackle and minnows. They have their own web page where you can find out who's catching what and how many. We always check their site as May approaches. We picked up 12 dozen minnows and put them in the converted Igloo drink cooler we used. I drilled a hole near the top running the air line inside while attatching the aerator to the outside. With a well insulated cooler and aerator we found we could keep our minnows alive all day.

The bait shop is only a couple of miles from the boat ramp where we put in. Just as a note; It's not uncommon to find the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources set up at the ramp checking your vessel making sure you were safety compliant. These officers were always nice to us. Seemed like just one of the guys but we never had a violation. Better to do it right. Shortcuts can really mess up a good trip.

Because the wind was low we knew the fishing conditions would be optimum. Chris and I were sweating it out because of the heavy rains that had occurred during the past several weeks. The water was high but still within the river's banks and it wasn't a concern. The Maumee is an unusual river and it's all about the currents.

We turned and headed up river. There is a large island that splits the river. Most people go the main channel to the left but we knew better. We traveled the narrower split to the right until the river narrowed to less than one hundred feet. We could see about five hundred feet ahead where the main channel intersected our path. Because the river was constricted at it's narrowest point the currents were really swift. We approached the narrowest point and dropped our anchor on a seventy five foot rope well upstream of where we intended to fish. The rapid current pushed us quickly downstream so Chris used the motor to slow us down until the anchor could catch hold. It's very important to keep the bow of the boat pointing up river. If you were facing the other direction and the anchor caught, the boat would fill with water over the transom and could swamp your boat. Seems like a little thing but with the water moving so fast in this area it would be easy for a person to be overwhelmed and drown. It has happened.

Safely anchored we began fishing. We used crappie rigs and tied a heavy sinker to the bottom of the line. With minnows hooked from the top of the head through the mouth we let em fly. The current did the rest. The water was around 48 degrees in the morning and would rise to near 52 degrees in the afternoon. The visability was only about six inches which always made me wonder how a bass could see your minnow in such low visability and swift current.

Chris took the first fish and I got the second a few seconds later. They would hit and practically drag your pole out of the boat. Boy could these fish fight. Most of the fish we caught weighed over a pound and more like two. Fish were breaking water all around us and made you wonder if they were going to jump into the boat. In the morning the fish were biting in spurts. We figured they were traveling upstream in schools and would bite as they swam by. It wasn't unusual to catch doubles from time to time. You really had a fight on your hands with two on and such swift water.

After lunch we really got into them. It seemed they really turned on. By this time there were another three boats anchored near us and we were all bringing them in one after another. It wasn't unusual to throw your line in and by the time it got taut "fish on". I bet we said that a hundred times. As a matter of fact on Saturday we caught over one hundred fish. There is no limit on white bass.

We placed a large cooler between and Chris and me with a bag of ice in the bottom. By four o'clock pm we had completely filled the cooler and put another 25 fish in the live well. Our arms were sore from setting the hook and reeling in those fighting white bass in the current.

When we got back to Chris's home we cleaned the fish. Chris is a real pro and can filet one in less than a minute. I was in charge of deboning the filets. When we got through we had twelve freezer bags with the sweetest tasting fish you could ever eat.

Sunday was a repeat of Saturday. The weather had changed and the winds were up to ten to fifteen mph which made fishing a whole lot more difficult. We didn't do as well in the morning but after lunch the winds subsided and boy did the fish turn on. The final count for Sunday was one hundred and twenty seven.

If you are looking for a fishing experience of a lifetime and like no other, you gotta try the white bass spawn in northeast Ohio on the Maumee River. The time spent with Chris and me is always something special and the fishing just can't be beat. I look forward every year to my migration back to Toledo to see my buddy and catch a boatload of the fantastic fighting white bass. I hope you will decide to make the trip yourself next year. I'll look forward to seeing you there.


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