Ohio River Region

Ohio River Region – March 11th, 2016

At Greenup Dam, anglers are catching saugers, white bass, and catfish fishing along the Kentucky side. The best bite is coming on minnows. In the Meldahl pool, anglers are reporting catching hybrid stripers up to 20-plus inches. Some saugers are also being caught on floating jigs tipped with a minnow. Categories: Ohio Fishing Reports, Ohio River Region

Ohio River Region – February 26th, 2016

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…

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…

Ohio River Region – January 15th, 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…

Ohio River Region – January 1st, 2016

Belleville Locks and Dam – Sauger and walleye fishing will pick up in the tailwater section as river temperatures cool. Try white or chartreuse twister tails or swimbaits near the dam and along the walkway. Night and early morning hours are the best times now, although fish can still be caught throughout the day. Hybrid striped bass fishing should remain…

Ohio River Region – December 18th, 2015

Belleville Locks and Dam – Sauger and walleye fishing will pick up in the tailwater section as river temperatures cool. Try white or chartreuse twister tails or swimbaits near the dam and along the walkway. Night and early morning hours are the best times now, although fish can still be caught throughout the day. Hybrid striped bass fishing should remain good; try using…

Ohio River Region – December 4th, 2015

Belleville Locks and Dam – Sauger and walleye fishing will pick up in the tailwater section as river temperatures cool. Try white or chartreuse twister tails or swimbaits near the dam and along the walkway. Night and early morning hours are the best times now, although fish can still be caught throughout the day. Hybrid striped bass fishing should remain good;…

Ohio River Region – November 20th, 2015

Belleville Locks and Dam (Washington County) – For saugers or walleyes, 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. For hybrid striped bass, try using spoons, crankbaits, and live bait. Western…

Ohio River Region – November 6th, 2015

Belleville Locks and Dam – Sauger and walleye fishing will pick up in the tailwater section as river temperatures cool. Try white or chartreuse twister tails or swimbaits near the dam and along the walkway. Night and early morning hours are the best times now, although fish can still be caught throughout the day. Hybrid striped bass fishing should remain good; try using spoons, crankbaits, and live…

Ohio River Region – October 23rd, 2015

Clermont County – Fishing for striped bass and catfish is hot right now, although the river is a little high and muddy. Fish above or below the Meldahl Dam using chicken liver or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Greenup Dam (Scioto County) – While smallmouth bass is not a traditional target fish in this area, they can provide a different opportunity for the adventurous angler. Target the large…

Ohio River Region – September 25th, 2015

Greenup Dam (Scioto County) – 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 morning will probably produce the most catches. For channel catfish, most fish will probably be found on the bottom using tight-lining techniques with cut bait, nightcrawlers, and chicken livers. Fishing throughout…

Ohio River Region – August 28th, 2015

Hannibal Lock and Dam Tailwater – Hybrid striped bass in the five-to-seven-pound range have been caught in good numbers in the past. The majority of the fish are caught on skipjack or shad. Try casting out into the tailwater section and let your bait drift, or place under an agitator and retrieve in short jerks. Fishing off one of the…

Ohio River Region – July 31st, 2015

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. Serpentine Wall, Downtown Cincinnati (Hamilton County) – Anglers are having success catching blue cats in the morning hours. Try using chicken breast. Greenup Dam – Hybrid…

Ohio River Region Fishing Report – June 19th, 2015

Meldahl Dam (Clermont County) – Channel catfish are being taken in good numbers all along the river. Try chicken livers, shrimp, or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. R.C Byrd (Gallia County) – Anglers looking for catfish should see continued success this week.  Popular baits in the past have included white twister tails and grubs, bucktails, nightcrawlers, minnows, and cut bait….

Ohio River Region Fishing Report – May 8th, 2015

 Cincinnati area and Clermont County – Anglers are reporting some success in the tributaries on worms as well as twister tails tipped with minnows. Catches are mostly bluegills and white bass. For Ohio River conditions go to:  water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=iln. Meldahl Pool Area – Saugers can be caught in the early morning and later in the evening when the temperatures are a…

Ohio River Region Fishing Report – April 10th, 2015

 Belleville Pool (Athens, Meigs, Washington counties) – Crappies are moving this time of year and provide a great opportunity for river anglers. Just like the inland lakes, target areas around brush tops and sunken logs using jigs or minnows.  Belleville Dam Tailwater Area  (Meigs County) – Saugers can be caught in the tail water. White, gray, and chartreuse twister tails fished off…

Ohio RIver Region Fishing Report – March 27th, 2015

Cincinnati — The Ohio River was very slowly receding March 16 after reaching its highest level in two decades, and forecasters expect it to stay above flood stage for most of the week, according to the Associated Press. Melted snow and rainfall have caused flooding that swamped roads, businesses, and homes in scattered low-lying areas in the Cincinnati region, which…

Ohio RIver Region Fishing Report – January 30th, 2015

Lawrence and Scioto counties – At Greenup dam, 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…

Ohio River Region Fishing Report – November 21st, 2014

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…

Ohio RIver Region Fishing Report – November 7th, 2014

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…