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Walleye run in full swing on Maumee River

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MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's that time of the year along the Maumee River. The annual walleye run is underway.

Thousands of anglers from around the Midwest and beyond are here hoping to reel in their daily limit of four fish.

This rite of spring is just now getting in full swing.

"It's fishing. That's the appeal. Hoping to catch a fish," said fishing enthusiast Chris Parrow.

Conditions have not been perfect but are starting to improve.

As some along the river like to say, "it's been good fishin' buy bad catchin'."

"It just put us behind. The weather was cold for a long time. It's just now starting to warm up.

Fish are coming in now says Josh Halterman.

The fish are bigger says Josh, who cleans and slices up the daily catch for anglers, outside the Maumee Bait Shop.

"Yes sir. The more fish come in, the more fish they're catching," said Mr. Halterman.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife says there's one important new rule this year for fishermen to follow and that's no chunking. Chunking is

"The reason for that rule is for us to be able to tell how many fish you have and what type of fish you have with you at that time," said division officer Eric Vonalmen.

He also reminds fishermen they need a license and it's illegal to snag their catch.

"You always have people who want to push their limits a little bit but the majority of people out here enjoy their fishing," said officer Vonalmen.

The run is expected to peak in the next two to three weeks.

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