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Following ‘Real Time’ Advice

April 11, 2017 - Larry Claypool
A lot has been written, and reported, about the Maumee River’s annual walleye run that is enjoyed by 4,000-6,000 anglers each year. And a good chunk of that writing and reporting is done by outdoor writer and fishing expert Brian Miller. Miller now lives in Michigan, not too far from Ohio’s Maumee River, but he grew up just miles from the river’s edge near Toledo.

Miller is a regular contributor to Ohio Valley Outdoors (he’s a bowhunting guru too) and is a Field Editor with our sister publication, Ohio Valley Outdoor Times.

If anyone can offer advice on fishing the Maumee for walleye during the spring run — spawning time, it’s Miller. Read a short version of his knowledge about the walleye run on Page 18 of the Spring Issue, titled “Mastering the Walleye Run”. The article offers a quick guide to help catch more walleye during the spring season, which is typically mid-March through April.

Miller’s article in this issue covers proper gear needed, a special lure setup, finding the right location and reading water levels and weather conditions.

For more comprehensive information about the walleye run, Miller has published a paperback book on the topic, titled “Fishing the Maumee River Walleye Run”. The book was released in 2012 and is available at ($19.95) and on his Facebook page, Maumee River Walleye Run. He’s also authored a book about bowhunting, titled “Bowhunter’s Gear Guide”.

Miller’s website,, and Facebook page are very popular among walleye fisherman. The reason? They have the most complete — and updated — information that’s available about the walleye run, that includes CURRENT river conditions (water level and water temperature). The “Observed Water Flow and Height” are updated every 30 minutes and “Forecasted” for the next five days. And the “River Temperature” is available for the last 48 hours.

As explained on Miller’s website, the water temperature is important for walleye anglers, as they know the fish spawn between the water temperatures of 40-52 degrees. In the Maumee waters Miller notes the walleye generally spawn in 42-46 degrees of water.

Miller’s Facebook page has over 8,200 ‘Likes’ and generates more traffic on the walleye run topic than any other social media site or website. The page can also offer ‘real time’ water and weather conditions and fishing tips from Miller or any other member poster. Which offers a huge advantage. Miller also posts helpful videos, photographs, tips and links to his podcasts on the site.

“We want to give information on strategy and techniques as the river conditions change throughout the year,” said Miller. “The information is very much real time with information coming out on the same day so people can react. New this year, we'll have some field staff so every day during the run someone will be on the river providing information. Also new this year, there is going to be weekly strategies provided to help everyone with new walleye run techniques.”

We encourage you to study Miller’s techniques on the Maumee, and other waters. If you are successful please share photos of your trip to Miller’s Facebook page and OVO’s social media pages to be included in our Photo Showcase pages.


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