Walleye migration under way on Sandusky, Maumee

The annual migration of walleye in the Sandusky and Maumee rivers offers fishing opportunities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The annual phenomenon happens in northwest Ohio each spring when Lake Erie walleye move up the rivers to spawn. The number of fish caught represent a small portion of the lakes’s walleye population, but the run brings hundreds of thousands of fish within casting distance of the shore.

Walleye spawning usually takes place mid-March through mid-April, with peak activity the first week of April when water temperatures range from 40 to 50 degrees.

Moderately high water also increases the number of walleye in the rivers, especially if river temperatures are warmer than lake temperatures.

Sandusky River anglers find the best fishing from Brady’s Island to Rodger Young Park in Fremont. Fishing is prohibited upstream from Rodger Young Park to the Ballville Dam.

On the Maumee, the best fishing areas are from Orleans Park in Perrysburg upstream to the end of Jerome Road in Lucas County.

Anglers are reminded the bag limit for Lake Erie and its tributaries is four walleye until April 30. Anglers also are reminded there is a year-round 15-inch length limit for walleye from Lake Erie and its tributaries to the first dam or designated landmark.