The Maumee River is a broad, shallow waterway. The upper stretch flows through Paulding and Defiance counties and is bordered by agricultural plains. As the river makes its way to Toledo, it cuts through a wide flood plain. According to Goedde, the entire stream upriver from Toledo produces good channel and flathead catfishing. Anglers can expect to catch good numbers of channel cats in the 16- inch range. The average Maumee flathead will run 20 to 40 inches. Throughout most of its course the river bottom is dominated by bedrock, which is why the river is generally shallow. The best place to find high numbers of both species is near the deeper holes, which, on the Maumee, means water that is 6 to 8 feet deep. Most of the time catfish will be found in the deep holes during the day. At night, try the flats that immediately surround those holes. The catfish will come up out of the holes into nearby shallow water to feed. Anglers should ask for permission to gain access to stretches of the river that roll through private lands. Bridge rights of way are another way to gain access to the river. Often there are some good, deep holes below the bridges. Most anglers recommends the tailwaters below the Providence and Independence dams. Providence Dam is in Grand Rapids off state Route 110. Independence Dam is in Defiance off state Route 424. If youre fishing below the dams, try tightlining. Use a heavy sinker to keep the bait on the bottom with no drift.