Ohio River Region Fishing Report – November 23rd, 2012
Western Ohio River
Anglers are still taking channel catfish. They are being caught on chicken livers and cut bait around warm water discharges. Carp are biting on dough balls and corn. Hybrids are hitting Rapalas and rattletraps.
Eastern Ohio River
Hybrid striped bass and white bass fishing remains consistent in the tailwaters. Popular baits include Twister Tails and casting spoons. The sauger bite should start picking up as the water temperature continues to drop. Try using jigs tipped with Twister Tails or minnows in the tailwaters, creek mouths, and around the islands. Catfish are still active and can be caught on skipjack, nightcrawlers, or chicken livers.
Belleville Locks and Dam
Sauger and walleye fishing is starting to pick up in the tailwaters section as river temperatures cool. Try white or chartreuse Twister Tails or swimbaits near the dam and along the walkway. Night and early morning are the best times right now, although fish are still being caught throughout the day. Walleyes over 22 inches are being caught, though most walleyes and saugers will be in the 12- to 16-inch range. Hybrid striped bass fishing continues to remain good, with many three to four pound fish being caught. Spoons, crankbaits, and live bait seems to work best.
Anglers fishing near the railroad bridge in Clarington have reported the sauger bite starting to pick up. Try casting and jigging twister tails tipped with minnows or wax worms.
Greenup Dam (Scioto County)
Hybrid striped bass are starting to hit on pencil poppers fished near the shore fishing access at the dam.
Belmont and Monroe counties
River conditions are clear and low. Walleye and saugeye fishing has picked up, particularly when they begin feeding – about an hour before sunset and then throughout the night. Check out the pier at the Pike Island dam (Belmont County), where anglers have had excellent success vertical jigging with Twister Tails or jigheads tipped with a minnow. Good catches of smallmouth bass and smaller white bass have been reported in the Pike Island area as well. Try casting out with crankbaits resembling minnows or shad. For hybrid striped bass and channel catfish, stay in any of the tailwaters. Hybrid striped bass have been caught on big creek chubs or any deep-diving bait that resemble minnows. Channel cats are being caught on cut bait, live shad, chicken livers, and worms throughout the river.