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Ohio River

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Tuesday, Dec 01 2020
The Ohio River provides the best shoreline access for anglers. Pike Island tailwater near Wheeling has a fishing pier on the Ohio shore that also provides good river access. Hybrid striped bass are in abundance in the Ohio. In fall, these fish tend to gather in the tailwater areas below dams, and tributaries. As fall moves on, and water temperatures decrease. Fish for Hybrid Striped Bass and White Bass with topwater lures that mimic baitfish. Walleye and Sauger can be found at the mouths of tributaries, island backwaters, and some main channel shorelines covered in riprap. Depending on swiftness of the current, 1/8 and 3/8 oz. jigs tipped with minnows fished near the bottom in these areas, especially, in low-light conditions, can be very productive for Walleye and Sauger. Use plastic swimbaits up to five inches or large crankbaits if targeting larger fish. Flathead Catfish are very common in Ohio River, especially in October. Areas to target Catfish are deep pools at tributary mouths or outside bends and tailwater areas below dams. Good techniques to catch Flathead Catfish are to bottom fish or drift circle hooks baited with live bait near creek mouths, in eddies and off rocky banks in tailwater areas. Channel Catfish can be readily caught on stink bait, cut bait, night crawlers, and chicken liver. In the upper Ohio River, when fishing for smallmouth bass, fish shoals that have formed at the mouths of creeks or the rocky banks below the tailwaters of dams. Target largemouth bass in areas of remaining vegetation along the shoreline, near brush piles or in tributary backwaters.




Tuesday, Dec 01 2020



Ohio River


Rating - Good

The Ohio River provides the best shoreline access for anglers. Pike Island tailwater near Wheeling has a fishing pier on the Ohio shore that also provides good river access. Hybrid striped bass are in abundance in the Ohio. In fall, these fish tend to gather in the tailwater areas below dams, and tributaries. As fall moves on, and water temperatures decrease. Fish for Hybrid Striped Bass and White Bass with topwater lures that mimic baitfish. Walleye and Sauger can be found at the mouths of tributaries, island backwaters, and some main channel shorelines covered in riprap. Depending on swiftness of the current, 1/8 and 3/8 oz. jigs tipped with minnows fished near the bottom in these areas, especially, in low-light conditions, can be very productive for Walleye and Sauger. Use plastic swimbaits up to five inches or large crankbaits if targeting larger fish. Flathead Catfish are very common in Ohio River, especially in October. Areas to target Catfish are deep pools at tributary mouths or outside bends and tailwater areas below dams. Good techniques to catch Flathead Catfish are to bottom fish or drift circle hooks baited with live bait near creek mouths, in eddies and off rocky banks in tailwater areas. Channel Catfish can be readily caught on stink bait, cut bait, night crawlers, and chicken liver. In the upper Ohio River, when fishing for smallmouth bass, fish shoals that have formed at the mouths of creeks or the rocky banks below the tailwaters of dams. Target largemouth bass in areas of remaining vegetation along the shoreline, near brush piles or in tributary backwaters.


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