Ohio River Region Fishing Report – July 5th, 2013
Belleville Dam and Tailwaters – Success for hybrid striped bass may be slowing, but there are still some opportunities to catch a fish. Try fishing at the dam with spoons and plastics or live bait fished beneath agitators. The earlier and later parts of the day seem to yield the best results. Catfish can be caught on a more regular basis using both nightcrawlers and cut bait. Anywhere along the shoreline or at the walkway would be good places to try. The tailwater public fishing access is located on the West Virginia side of the river off Route 68 at Belleville.
Meldahl Dam (Clermont County) – Anglers are reporting steady fishing, with catches of gar, catfish, and a few white bass. Try fishing up near the dam. Daylight hours until dusk have been producing good numbers but early evening until dawn have been good for catfish. Try chicken livers or cut shad.
Pike Island Lock and Dam – Early mornings may be the best time to get out and take advantage of the cooler temperatures. For saugers, try fishing 1⁄8- to 3⁄8-ounce jugs and minnows fished plain or jigs and twister tails with white, chartreuse, or pearl servings. Fishing for channel catfish and flathead catfish always starts picking up about mid-June. Try cut skipjack or mooneyes. In the past, anglers have had success catching smallmouth bass, white bass, and saugers by wading off the gravel bar below the fishing pier and using live baits.