Side Cut Metropark closure could delay walleye run

Side Cut Metropark closure could delay walleye run

MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) - Tuesday marks a milestone at Side Cut Metropark as portions of the park will be open for the first time since it was flooded and damaged by a huge pieces of ice.

Now, the big question is how that damage will affect the walleye run, which may be delayed.

The biggest challenge for those fisherman is all the ice, which blocks access to the shore.

Massive chunks of ice still surround the park. Park rangers are considering punching though the ice to make it more accessible.

Side Cut is one of the most popular fishing destinations for the walleye run.

Rangers say they were not able to open the park last weekend but they're hoping to meet their new deadline this week.

"(We want to) punch through some of that ice along the river to provide access to the river for the fisherman," said Metroparks spokesperson Scott Carpenter. "When we're able to do that, hopefully by this weekend, we can move the barricades and let people move further down river road."

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