Ohio River Region – January 29th, 2016
Scioto County — Anglers in the past have had success fishing the Ohio River at the confluence of the Scioto River. Channel catfish are always a popular species to catch this time of year. Try using chicken livers or nightcrawlers fished tight-line off the bottom. Target flathead catfish by using live skipjacks or shad. Some hybrid striped bass may also be caught. Try using white jigs with twisters tipped with a minnow.
Western River counties (Hamilton, Clermont, Brown, and Adams counties) — Flatheads can be caught on chicken livers fished with no weight at drop-offs of 15 to 20 feet.
Serpentine Wall, Downtown Cincinnati (Hamilton County) — Anglers are having success catching blue cats in the morning hours. Try using chicken breast.
Greenup Dam — Hybrid striped bass and white bass should be moving this time of year. For hybrid striped bass, try fishing cut baits and live baits off the bottom. For white bass, try using topwater lures as well as skipjack, chubs, shiners, and cut bait. Early mornings will probably produce the most catches.
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.
Lawrence and Scioto counties — Saugers are being caught on jigs and white grubs or by dropping minnows straight down off the fishing access walls. Hybrid striped bass have been hitting on minnows, shad, and cut baits. Channel catfish are being caught in good numbers near the Portsmouth boat ramp using cut bait and live shad. Crappies eight to 10 inches in size can be caught in the embayment near the Shawnee State marina. Use minnows and fish around brush piles and docks in four to six feet of water. Largemouth and spotted bass were caught in good numbers recently using black/silver and blue/silver crankbaits.
Belmont and Monroe counties — Anglers have been catching stripers and walleyes at the Pike Island dam. Some of the stripers have been in the eight- to 10-pound range. Anglers have been catching skipjack and then using them for bait to entice the striper bite. Drop the skipjack right along the wall of the dam for best results.
Hamilton County — A few hardy anglers have been fishing the Meldahl Dam area and picking up a few saugers. The bite is reportedly a tough one, however.