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 Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon, OH Fishing Report 4/22 
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Location: Toledo, OH, USA
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What Rivers do you fish?: SE Rivers
What Bodies of Water do you fish?: Ohio and Michigan coasts of Lake Erie, Maumee River in Ohio, Turtle Creek in Ohio, Raisin River in Michigan
I went fishing at Maumee Bay State Park this morning (Monday morning) with low expectations and got them but it was so enjoyable. It was one of those days that even though the bites weren't hot and heavy it was just nice to get out.
I got there at about 7:45AM and no sooner do I get my lines in the water that I get greeted with fighter jets flying over. Yes-fighter jets. I'm not a plane guru so I couldn't tell you what kind they were. All I know is that they were loud, fast, and I had no idea why they were flying over but interesting nonetheless. As they passed by and things quieted down then I get greeted by swans-trumpeter swans I believe they were. First it was two that flew by and landed. They swam to a corner of the lagoon and then 6 more came swimming by and hung out near the pier I was fishing on for about 10 minutes before swimming by and heading to where the original two swam to.
For the next three and a half hours it stayed pretty quiet for the most part with the occasional honking from the swans, with the biting being even quieter.
About 10:30AM the biting picked up a little. I did have originally a bobber floating around in the shallows with a panfish worm and a medium action rod also with a panfish worm off the bottom. After a couple calculated casts with the pole cast off the bottom I switched the bobber set up with my ultra light rod straight down off the pier with waxworms. Soon there after I did get a hold of my first bites of the day as well as catching my first fish of the year-a sunfish about 4".
When I was landing it an older fella came by to shoot the bull and talk fishing and parks and all that. While I dropped the line back in the water and talking my medium action pole got some action. I didn't see it right away, though. I just so happened to look over to where I had it and saw the line all slacked up. After retrieving my line there wasn't anything hooked but my panfish worm was in tact still for the most part. One more tap and the fish would've had the whole thing.
After casting back in the general direction I went back to the spot I caught the sunfish and tried that some more. Probably 10 minutes later the same thing happened. I got caught up talking with the guy and didn't notice it right away but I looked over and my line was all slack. I picked up my pole, straightened my line and set the hook and boy it felt like a biggun! I was thinking I might've had a decent sized cat, or carp, or even bass. I was right on the cat part, but it wasn't as big as I thought it was going to be. It was roughly about 6".
After that it quieted back down. I got a couple taps here and there from noon to 1PM but I ended up calling it a day around 1:30PM. In the middle of packing up I saw something I've rarely seen in all my fishing trips. I didn't get a great look at it because it was swimming and going under frequently but I saw what looked like a muskrat. At first it looked like a mink because I saw a skinny tail but it was bulkier and had more a beaver-ish head. I've seen muskrats before but not that many.

Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:54 pm
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