The headwaters of this Maumee River tributary begin in Auglaize County. From Wapakoneta, the Auglaize winds north through Allen County into Putnam County. The Auglaize County stretch of river is characterized by a soft, marshy bottom. The river measures anywhere from 15 to 80 feet across as it winds its way north through Auglaize County. During the summer this upper section is not navigable even by canoe, owing to extremely low water and weeds. In Putnam County the river deepens as it starts to flow through open farm country en route to Defiance, where it empties into the Maumee River. The Auglaize does not feature as much bedrock as is seen in the Maumee and Huron rivers. Instead, anglers may expect more cobble substrate and a more defined riffle-pool pattern. Pools may be as deep as 10 feet. Those deeper pools are the place to fish for summertime channel cats averaging 16 inches. A public park in Fort Jennings off state Route 190 provides shoreline access. Most of the other access sites will be the Agerter Road, Piquad Road and Ridge Road bridges. And, of course, Goedde recommends seeking landowner permission to gain access to private land along the river.