Lake Erie walleye fishing can be a fairly expensive business.
Hire a 6 pack and you'll probably spend $400 to $600. A head boat can cost $30 to $40, and even if you go out on your own boat with friends gas costs can hit hard. Luckily, there's a couple of places you can fish right now, and it will cost you nothing, other than the toll to get there. That's working the spring walleye run in the Sandusky and Maumee rivers.
The fish are in both rivers right now, mostly 18- to 22-inch males at the moment, which always arrive first, but with a sprinkling of big six- to 10-pound females, whose numbers will increase daily. And anglers on both rivers are catching fish, sometimes limits when water levels are down and turbidity fairly low. Catching fish at either place is a fairly simple business.
On the Sandusky River at Fremont, most lure tossers work north or south of the State Street bridge, either wading out a bit in chest waders if the current isn't too strong, or standing along the rocky shores casting steadily. On the Maumee River, most will do their casting around Orleans Park, or the White Street Access through Fort Meigs. Then as the river goes down, some will move to territory near the Buttonwood Access and Jerome Road. Easy enough.