Ohio River Region Fishing Report – August 16th, 2013
Belleville Dam tailwaters – Summer is a great time to catch catfish on the river. Fish in the 10- to 15-pound range have been caught in previous years in this area. Minnows, nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and cut bait fished on the bottom have been the most popular with anglers. Places along the shoreline and walkways generally yield fish, especially near the dam. Hybrid striped bass should be excellent. Try spoons, topwater baits, or ¼-ounce jigs in the tailwater section during the early morning or evening hours.
Clermont County – Anglers are catching channel catfish on cut baits and chicken liver, also nightcrawlers, fished on the bottom. Night fishing seems to be most successful at the moment.
Meldahl Dam (Clermont County) – Channel catfish and flathead catfish are being caught below the dam tailwaters using shad and skipjack fished tight on the bottom. The best time to fish for channel catfish and flathead catfish is during the nighttime. The confluence of tributaries and the Ohio River have been producing good catches of flathead catfish as well. Flathead catfish are generally caught using live bait.
Washington County – The stretch of river behind the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta is a great site for catching large catfish. Catfish in the 10- to 31-pound range can be caught on bluegills.