Thousands head to Sandusky River for annual walleye run

Apr 2, 2024 | Featured, Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

The walleye run drew thousands of anglers to the Sandusky River in Fremont this year, including these fishermen who were trying their luck at Don W. Miller Memorial Park. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)


The walleye run has been strong in Fremont in the last couple of weeks, drawing thousands of fishermen to the Sandusky River. Among them were a group of five anglers – four men and one woman – who travel from Columbus each year to fish for walleye in Fremont.

“This is our fourth year,” Cameron Oliver said. “We come this weekend every year. It’s when the walleye really start in the river.”

Oliver was in town on March 24 with Tim Oliver, Ashley Cremeans, Mike McCain and Cameron Phillips.

From left, Ashley Cremeans, Mike McCain, Tim Oliver, Cameron Oliver and Cameron Phillips traveled from Columbus to fish the walleye run in Fremont over the March 23 weekend. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Snagging walleye in the Sandusky River is easy, but Ohio regulations require that fish snagged in rivers be returned to the water.

“We snagged a lot of fish. Between all of us, we snagged maybe 20, but you can’t keep snags,” Tim said. “We caught about seven over the two days.”

Fremont is long drive from Columbus but the group makes the trip every year.

A walleye angler fishes in the Sandusky River at Don W. Miller Memorial Park in Fremont on March 24. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“Fremont is the best for walleye,” Tim said.

March 24 was sunny but cold, especially for an angler standing in flowing river water that is 40-something degrees. The cold, the group believes, is worth the fun.

“It’s our passion,” Phillips said. “We’re out in the elements. Plus, the walleye is really good.”

On March 29, when the weather was once again sunny but cold, Angler’s Supplies in Fremont was packed with customers buying lures before heading to the river. The shop gives daily fishing updates by phone message, providing information on water level and temperature, sunrise and sunset times, current fishing catches and news about what lures are currently working. Angler’s Supplies fishing information can be heard at 419-332-6071.

Anglers fish for walleye at the Blue Banks in Fremont on March 24. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

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