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Category: Hunting and Fishing

Maumee River Walleye Run

MAUMEE RIVER WALLEYE

WALLEYE
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In North America Walleye are mostly considered to be a nocturnal feeding fish and are most easily caught at night and in pre-dawn hours. This is not the case in the Maumee River, as the river offers the best daytime Walleye fishery in the world.

The Maumee River Walleye Run offers a true one-of-a-kind fishing adventure that is on many anglers’ bucket list. The main reason walleye populate these waters is during their spring spawning season, but are active feeders while doing so. It has been said that there are more Walleye per cubic foot of water in the Maumee River during the Spring Walleye Run than in any other place in the world. Liberal limits and the high volume of happy anglers is a testament to that.

Walleye are olive and gold in color with very sharp teeth. These freshwater predators can grow up to 30″ long and weigh up to 15 lbs.

We also offer Detroit River Jig Fishing.

Fishing the Maumee River is an active style of rod in hand fishing, called cast drifting.  While most anglers struggle wadding to their desired fishing locations, our Maumee River Walleye Run Charters are from the convenience and comfort of a specially designed River Boat.  Our clients come back year after year to fish the Maumee River with us because of the action packed fishing and comfort of our River Boat.

Our River Rig is a 19′ GatorTrax powered by a Mudbuddy 5500 Blackdeath Surface Drive motor. This boat affords us the ability to run and gun the river in style and go where most only dream. Our river fishing charters are for 1-2 people. All fishing charters include rods. tackle. & bait in the price of the charter.

Don’t fight the crowds, come run the Maumee River in Style!

Gatortrax – 19′ GATORTRAX
Capt. Zack George – (419) 575-6986
Rate: $300 per day, 5hrs. dock to dock  1-3 people

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Guided Duck Hunting

HUNTING CHARTERS

HUNTING
A Scaup duck isolated from background sitting on water

Lake Erie is an annual hotspot for thousands of migrating ducks. Starting in early October, numerous species of waterfowl will come and go, until the lake freezes. Rather than congregating around the shores, these ducks tend to camp 1 to 10 miles off the shores in surrounding lake bottoms. These lake bottoms are littered with buffets of Zebra Mussels and provide diver ducks with endless amounts of rich food.

What you need to bring:

• Customers will need to bring their own guns and non-toxic shells
• A valid Ohio or Michigan hunting license
• Ohio state Duck Stamp
• Federal Duck stamp
• Waders are recommended but not necessary
• Camouflage clothing is recommended but not necessary
• Rain gear is highly recommended

Our guides utilize layout boat hunting, as it’s the most effective way to bag these fast and exciting waterfowl. This hunting style uses specialized equipment, so most hunters use a guide when doing so. Our big water strategies start by surrounding our large layout boat with 100 to 200 Magnum and Super Magnum decoys. This large number of decoys provokes ducks to land in these areas, as large amounts of ducks indicate a safe area with ample amounts of food, which the herd of decoys mimics. While calling does help, it’s not vital to success, as the sheer number of decoys is enough to convince waterfowl that the area is safe.

The tender boat used to transport the layout boat is anchored a distance away from the area to avoid spooking approaching waterfowl. All of our boats are USCG tested and approved to assure you feel comfortable and safe throughout the hunt.

Ducks are typically divided into two categories based on their feeding habits: Divers and Dabblers. These ducks have adapted to large bodies of water, like Lakes Erie and St. Clair, and dive to the bottom of lakes for food. On the other hand, dabbling ducks are adapted to shallow bodies of water such as ponds, lakes, and marshes, and feed by tipping or skimming along the water. They rarely ever submerge like their diver counterparts.

Aside from Mallards and American Black Ducks, most of the ducks you will encounter on Lakes Erie will be diver ducks.

Scroll down for a complete list of ducks you may encounter during your hunt:

Scaup “Bluebill”

• Bluebills get their nickname from their grayish-blue bills. They spend their breeding months diving in the Hudson Bay and Alaska waters, but spend the winter months on U.S. and Canadian coasts, as well as The Great Lakes.

Bufflehead

• Bufflehead habits are unique. They spend most of their breeding months in Canada, but winterize on the coast with no major population concentration. These divers tend to congregate on large lakes or rivers until they freeze, like The Great Lakes.

Redhead

• Redheads breed in northern U.S. and Canada prairies and winter to the east, west and south of their breeding grounds. They are the most common diving ducks in the United States.

Canvasback

• Canvasbacks spend both winter and breeding seasons diving in The Great Lakes, especially during the winter months. Males are known for their beautiful chestnut brown head and mostly all white body for which they are named after.

Common Goldeneye

• Simply put, these diving ducks breed in Canada and Alaska and winter in a vast majority of the continental United States. Similar to the Barrow’s, the Common Goldeneye is named after it’s bright, golden iris.

Merganser

• Mergansers breed in Canada, Winter in the middle and southwest portions of the U.S., and live year-round along the U.S./Canada border. These divers feed on invertebrates in both marine and freshwater habitats.

Scoter

• Scoters breed in Alaska and Canadian territories Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland. These diving ducks can be found feeding at The Great Lakes during winter months.

Mallard

• Other than Daffy and Donald, most people picture Mallards when they think of ducks. These dabbling feeders are found anywhere in North America and are the most abundant of North American Duck. According to Duck’s Unlimited, there were over 10.488 million Mallards in the world, more than doubling the second most abundant species.

Ring-necked

• Ring-necked Ducks breed in Canada and the northern U.S. and winter in the southern and coastal portions along the way. They make annual pit stops at The Great Lakes to dive for food during their migration south.

Ruddy

• Ruddy’s dwell practically year-round at The Great Lakes. They’re known for their fan-shaped tail that helps them dive for food, as well as their copper body and bright-blue bill.

American Black

• American Black Ducks are found throughout the eastern portion on North America, depending on the season. The dabbler feeders can be found year-round at The Great Lakes.

Long-tailed

• The longer the tail, the deeper ducks can dive, and the Long-tailed duck is amongst the best. They can be found on The Great Lakes and the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines when wintering.

Rate: $720 per day 1-3 hunters. $960 per day 4 hunters. Hunts are 8 hrs. dock-to-dock

Capt. Zack George - (419) 575-6986
Capt. Larry Weiss - (419) 707-1065

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Lake Erie Walleye

LAKE ERIE WALLEYE

WALLEYE
Fish

Fishing for walleye in Lake Erie differs from anywhere else.

Walleye are typically considered a nocturnal feeding fish, most easily caught at night and in the pre-dawn hours. This is not the case when fishing Lake Erie. Lake Erie has the best daytime walleye fishery in the world. Countless baits and tactics are used to land these beautiful fish such as trolling, casting, jigging and more.

Walleye are olive and gold in color with very sharp teeth. These freshwater predators can grow up to 30" long and weigh up to 15 lbs. Their primary food source in Lake Erie are Emerald Shiners, generally referred to as minnows. Lake Erie Walleye also consume Shad, Smelt and Small Yellow Perch.

Port Clinton is considered by most to be the “Walleye Capital of the World."  Unlike many other states and inland Walleye Lakes, the Ohio portion of Lake Erie does not have a closed season on Walleye.  Liberal limits and year round fishing is a testament to the abundance of Walleye that Lake Erie has to offer.

We mainly fish the best known areas that hold Walleye year round, including but not limited to:
The Western Basin Reef Complex, specifically:

• Niagara Reef                                          • Flat Rock Reef
• Toussaint Reef                                       • Crib Reef
• Round Reef                                            • Crane Reef
• Locust Reef                                            • Turtle Reef
• Big Pickerel Reef                                   • West Reef
• Little Pickerel Reef                                • North West Reef (the Bean)
• Cone Reef

We also catch walleye off the Bass Islands Area such as South Bass Island (also where Put-in-Bay happens to be located), North Bass Island, Middle Bass Island, Green Island, Rattlesnake Island, Catawba Island and West Sister Island. The Camp Perry National Guard Firing Range Buoys; A-Can, B-Can, C-Can, D-Can, F-Can, G-Can.  Maumee Bay, The Turn Around Buoy and the Sputnik are also good areas to target summertime walleye. The Sand Bar off of Vermilion, The Dumping Grounds off of Lorain, The Vermilion Weather Buoy, Beaver Park located on Beaver Creek, The Humps off of Avon, and Avon Point produce some of the largest walleye in the country.

During the early spring, walleye migrate to Lake Erie’s south shore reefs and streams to spawn. We utilize vertical jigging with hair jigs to land these fish. Purple, dark green and black jigs are our most productive colors. Crank baits work best when the water is cold, so our guides advise to couple crank baits with slow trolling strategies to entice larger fish and get them moving.

Post spawn season, which starts around May, brings the Walleye schools to the Western Basin Reef Complex near the Lake Erie Islands. The warmer months bring out our large boat. During this time, we use drift casting, bottom bouncing, and trolling tactics. Small spoons work well, but double worm willow harnesses provide anglers with a great back-up plan on bad spoon days.

Our 30' boats are seaworthy vessels equipped with hard tops, enclosed cabins and private bathrooms. They can hold up to 6 people. Rods, tackle, bait and ice are included in the charter price.

3 - 30' BOATS
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