Cincinnati Rod Bending Catfishing ACTION!

View of Ohio River at Cincinnati OhioMY 28 pound BLUECAT Nov.5th. 2007 and a 26 pound blue cat on the bottom of the boat !!

Wet a line and stay awhile!

CELEBRATING over 15 YEARS of providing excellent CATFISHING information for ROD BENDING ACTION in the Cincinnati area of the Ohio River. Blue cats, Flatheads and Channel cats can be hooked right here in the Downtown Cincinnati river front area. I am just an ole retired guy that likes to catfish, I am NOT a catfish guide, I do have a link to a GUIDE for this part of the river on this page if you are seeking a catfish guide trip. Catfishing baits, bank fishing spots, tips from a catfishing guide. Tips for saving money on YOUR catfishing tackle. Information on catfishing baits I have used to catch catfish. Where to go to Catch HUGE channel cats in Canada.

May 27th Update: I picked up my brother and headed for the river at 08:30. River was muddy and, had a fast current, not the best of conditions. The sky was clear with NO rain expected. I got my lines in the water around 09:00. I had a problem right off the bat with a birds nest in one of the reels. It took some time but I did get it cleared out. 09:45 I moved the rods around to try to get out of the current. 10:45 I finally got a BITE! I hooked my 1st catfish of the year from here, a small channel catfish. It was 18 inches and 1 ¾ pounds. I normally do NOT take photos of such small fish; however this was my 1st for the river! I got 2 Garr runs after that. They really had the reel signing but dropped the line when I picked up the rod. All my bites were on vanilla seasoned shrimp. My brother was using thawed cut shad and chicken soaked in strawberry syrup. He had a rough day, no bites.
We packed it in and headed back to his place at 12:00 for it was getting TOO hot for me. Hopefully the river will clear up and settle down to lower levels. I intend to fish from my boat next week at last. I am looking forward to getting more bites and bigger catfish. At least I broke the ice on this trip

May 22nd. UPDATE: I lost my beat anchor on a snag last summer so have been looking for one ever since. I got a great deal on 2 boat anchors at a garage sale. One 20# and the other 15# both for only $ 20! Now the various types of yard & garage sales are in full force thru the summer. You can get deals at such sales. Information to help you get those deals are contained in Kindle e-book “Shop To Save !”.
Broken record around here, river going back up agai! Rains will be moving back in Wed.-Sat. next week. Might try fishing with my brother from a dock set up on tuesday. The current will be running hard so not sure if it will be worth the effort.
on may the 14th. I got a small freezer at an estate sale yesterday for my FISHING BAIT! My wife is also happy that the bait is out of our big freezer. So I now have a place to keep a load of Skipjacks. With the river getting down I hope to start catching some in the next couple of weeks. I should finally get my boat in the river to go after some catfish.
I also did some shopping at my hometown city wide yard sale. I came home with an open face fishing rig for skipjacks and a backpack to carry my bluegill & skipjack gear. I got great deals at both the estate sale and the yard sales. Proof again that YOU can save money shopping at such places.
Here is a link to a KINDLE e-book “Shop To Save !” that will help YOU to get similar deals on items YOU want or need.


Spring is here now so YOU can sharpen up your catfish catching skills by reading this informative Kindle e-book. Just CLICK on the photo and it will connect you to the Amazon book store! So check it out, it cost less than a dozen night crawlers at the bait shop.


May 5th. UPDATE: On Monday evening April 25th. I talked with a contact of mine about Skipjacks. He informed me of a location where he caught 5 skipjacks in 5 cast, each around 2 pounds! The next morning I got my gear together and headed for the spot he told me about. I tried several different lure set ups, sabiki, spinners, Mr.Twiter jigs. I started at the spot he mentioned. Casted my arm off, not one hit! I did believe the skips were there, I just had the WRONG rod & reel set up for fishing for them. Next time I go I will be using my spinning reel & rod. Now with the heavy rains the river has jumped up too high to fish for them.

Not sure when I will get the chance to try again anytime soon. This also means I will not be getting my boat on the river for some time. Very frustrating that the river just never stays down to fishable levels.

APRIL 26TH. UPDATE: It looks like next week will be when I get to take my boat out for a shakedown trip. Rain is on tap for the next 2 days, and then I have obligations to take care of until May3rd. I have some frozen bait at least for the first trip. I will try to get to catch some Skipjacks for bait for future trips. I tried this morning; just did not work out. Came up empty handed again!

APRIL 17TH. UPDATE: Thanks and tight lines, to all the folks that got a free copy of my kindle e-book “ROD BENDING CATFISH” over this weekend. I am looking forward to your reviews of my efforts to help folks have more enjoyment when catfishing. Norb

Since the commercial fishermen are monitoring catfishing web sites I will be editing my updates this season. I will only state the size of the fish and bait used. I will also be blocking out the back ground on any photos, for I do NOT want the C.F. to clean out that area!!

Here is a video of what the COMMERICAL FISHERMEN are doing to the Ohio River where I try to fish!!! So you can understand the rod & reel fishermen frustration knowing these big catfish will never be retunred to the river.

March 30th. Update: I picked up my brother at 09:30 and headed for the Ohio River. We were fishing from the bank on the Kentucky side down river from Cincinnati. The river was muddy with a strong current; a stiff cool breeze was blowing out of the east.

We had four lines in the water at 10:00, with different baits. I used raw and vanilla extract shrimp, a thawed out shad, strawberry syrup seasoned chicken,gizzard. My brother had chicken breast season with strawberry syrup.

At 12:15 we decided to pack it in, for we did NOT even get one bite! The only good thing to say we had nice to get some fresh air. Seems our bad luck has still hanging on from last year.

The river will be going higher since we are to get rain the next couple of days. So not sure when I can think of getting my boat in the river.

March 14th. UPDATE: I got a call from my grandson wanting to go fishing on March 11th.. We were both eager to go and wet a line at our favorite pond. Stopped at our local mom & pop bait shop got some red & wax worms for bluegills. We got to the pond at 13:30 had lines in the water by 13:40. A short time later my grandson landed the 1st. fish of the day, a small Bluegill. I still had not even gotten a bite when he hooked into a 10 inch L.M. Bass. He had me 3 to 0 when I finally caught a 9 inch L.M.Bass. The bites were far and few between but did keep you on your toes. My grandson did have a decent size turtle on, just never could get it up off the bottom, finally the hook slipped of the beak of the turtle. Once again my grandson came out on top: 1 bass 3 bluegills, I came in with 1 bass & 1 bluegill. We called it a day at 16:15. I at least got my line in the water for the start of the year. It was a very enjoyable day together. With the Ohio River heading back up to the 40 foot range it will be some time before I can go after catfish.

March 10th. UPDATE: I got my 2016 fishing license yesterday at my mom&pop bait storere rains in the next week.. Right now the Ohio River is starting to go back up around 5 feet or more. That means about 2 more weeks before I can get out with my boat barring more rains in the next week. Be sure to support you LOCAL BAIT SHOPS during these rought times as best you can. Once those folks close down there will NOT be anyone to provide that service to us.

February 2nd. UPDATE: Well I tried to catch some skipjacks for catfish bait this morning. After one hour’s drive I got to the place and had it all to myself. The weather was o.k. but the cool wind as stronger than I expected. I did cast my arm off for an hour, trying different jigs to catch the Skipjacks. I did snag one small Gizzard Shad for all of my efforts. The Skipjacks just were NOT there again!
So it looks like the deal I got on frozen shrimp this week will come in very handy. At least I will have my back up baits ready when I start catfishing, hopefully in March.

January 24 th. 2016 update: I put fresh Solar green Trilene 30# test line on the reels that I use when fishing out of my boat. I will be also putting fresh line on the reels that I use for bank fishing. Whenever the temperatures get above 50 degrees I intend on painting of my rod tips. So I can detect soft bites easier.

Here is the video clip I made of RIGS I use to catch SKIPJACKS for catfish bait from YOUTUBE.

Check out all the info about my 2015 CATFISHING SEASON!
The details of ALL my catfishing trips of 2015.

Be sure to support you LOCAL BAIT SHOPS during these rought times as best you can. Once those folks close down there will NOT be anyone to provide that service to us.



SUMMARY OF 2014 CATFISHING SEASON: I started this season in August for various reasons. I only got 7 trips 3 in my new boat, 4 from the bank with my brother. The number and size of the fish I caught was very disappointing. I caught 3 channel cats, 4 blue cats, 1 Sheep head perch. The biggest fish was a channel cat only 3 3/4 pounds.

In 2015 I intend to fishing from the boat & bank as often as the river conditions allow. I now am certain I can handle the big boat at the ramp. I may even have some help next year from my grandson. I may even try to enter a local tournament if I can find a partner. I just hope there enough decent size catfish left around here to make the reward worth the effort.

Check out all the info about my 2014 CATFISHING SEASON!
The details of ALL my catfishing trips of 2014.

Check out all the info about my 2013 CATFISHING SEASON!
The details of ALL my catfishing trips of 2013 AND

A summary of my 2013 catfishing season

Aug 13th. 2013 Talked with some guys that are divers that work on the river, they informed up they have seen the Asian Carp up at Point Pleasant, Ohio. That means these fish are certainly in the Markland pool!!

Professional Cincinnati catfishing guide Dale Broughton puts the cards on the table as how he goes about catching big catfish out of the Ohio River around here. Check outNUGGETS FROM A CINCINNATI CATFISH GUIDE

To save space on THIS page I have move some of my 2012 updates to
Here the UPDATES for my 2012 season.



To save space on THIS page I have move some of my 2011 updates to
Here the UPDATES for my 2011 season.


My Favorite Catfishing Information And Supplies Web Sites

I have information about COLLECTING as a HOBBY for FUN & extra bucks at


I finally have the summary of my past 2010 catfishing season.
Here the SUMMARY OF my 2010 season.

I have made up a page about BANK FISHING spots for CATFISHING on the Ohio River. These spots are around the Downtown area AND EAST of Cincinnati Ohio. Included some photos to show some of those locations. So check out BANK FISHING FOR CATFISH

I have put up my boat and fishing gear for the 2009 year. Here is a short summary of my 2009 season.

My 15 pound BLUECAT that like red hot smokeys.MY 15 pound BLUECAT caught aug. 18th 2009!

I have put my other trips of the 2009 SEASON on a seperate page. 2009 CATFISHING SEASON

12-06-08 UPDATE I finally checked out my fishing log book for 2008. I had more trips but, caught fewer & smaller fish. Not a great year on the water. For more details check out MY 2008 CATFISHING SEASON


A summary of my 2007 season. It also has the detail updates for this past Fall. Here is the page My 2007 season summary


All the details of my trips of 2006 are on this page. MY 2006 CATFISHING SEASON

The events that occurred in 2005 !!log book of my CATFISHING for 2005

April 19-20, 2005!! Here are the details of those 2 trips. ALMOST SKUNKED CATFISHING DAY

February 28, 2005 For all the details check out FIRST CATFISH OF 2005

High points of my 2004 season.

I have a page of all the HOT CATFISHING SPOTS WHERE I have CAUGHT CATFISH out of my BOAT around Downtown Cincinnati over past years. Just send me an e-mail requesting the information. I will send the information back to you via an e-mail attachement!

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For all the different baits I have USED for CATFISHING check out. CATFISH BAIT

For proof of BIG catfish can be caught around the Downtown Cincinnati area check out these two pages. Bill's Huge Channel Cat

Josh's Big BLUE CAT

Here is the biggest catfish of 2007 I caught Nov 10 th.2007 right above the HOOTERS in Newport Ky. across from Cincinnati!

MY 28 pound BLUECAT Nov.5th. 2007 and a 26 pound blue cat on the bottom of the boat !!

For tips I have USED to save money on fishing tackle check out.Home Made Bobber For CATFISHING
Here is my way for hooking up a cheap power set for your portable fishfinder. CHEAP POWER FOR FISHFINDER

CANADIAN Catfishing
If you want to catch HUGE channel cats in the 20 to 25 lb range go to Canada. The Red River at Lockport, Manitoba is the place to go!
Catfishing Trip Of A Life Time
or Lockport Catfishing Experience

Huge Channel Cat from Lockport Manitoba Another Red River Monster Channel Cat from LOCKPORT MANITOBA!

FREE! river stage information for ALL the rivers in the U.S. RIVER STAGE FOR Ohio River at Cincinnati!

UPDATED 05-28-16

Catfishing Basic Equipment.

  • Decent reel with clicker.
  • 10 to 20lb test line for channel cats.
  • Bag to hold hooks, sinkers, knife etc.
  • Cooler for food and drinks.
  • Camera and weighing scale for evidence of the BIG 1!

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