Belleville Locks and Dam (Washington County) – Sauger/Walleye: As river temperatures cool, fishing should start picking up in the tailwaters. Try white or chartreuse twister tails or swimbaits near the dam and along the walkway. Night and early morning hours are generally best to fish. Hybrid striped bass: Try using spoons, crankbaits, and live bait.
Western Ohio River: Anglers are still taking channel catfish on chicken livers and cut bait around warm-water discharges. Carp: are biting on dough balls and corn. Hybrids: have been hitting Rapalas and rattletraps.
R. C. Byrd (Gallia County) – Sauger: Warm-water discharges and stream confluences in the upper pool, as well as the Racine tailwater, are good areas to fish. Try using twister tails jigs and minnows. You may also catch fish on big creek chubs or any deep-diving bait that resembles a minnow. Channel catfish: Use cut bait, live shad, chicken livers, or worms in any of the tailwaters.
Meldahl Dam (Clermont County) – Striped bass and catfish: Fishing for bass and catfish continues to be productive. Fish above or below the Meldahl Dam using chicken livers or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom.
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.