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CELEBRATING over 13 YEARS of providing excellent CATFISHING information for ROD BENDING ACTION in the Cincinnati area of the Ohio River. Blue cats, Flatheads and Channel cats are here to be hooked right here in the Downtown Cincinnati area. I am just an ole retired guy that likes to catfish, I am NOT a catfish guide, I do KNOW of a guide for this part of the river 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 Catching HUGE channel cats in Canada.
May 17th. I did catch 2 decent size skipjack with my rod & reel. They were not really schooled up just one jumping every once in awhile. SO I left in about an hour and headed home. I now will try to get my 1st fishing trip in this coming Friday morning.
May 7th. With the rains from the past weekend the Licking River is running heavy with drift and muddy. Since I now have to launch from a ramp 4 mile up river on the Licking, it is too dangerous at this time to get my boat on the water. Not sure when I will get my shake down trip and get some cat fishing done.
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April 2nd: This morning I learned that the automatic parking gate is operating full time at the Cincinnati Public Landing!! The miminum charge is $5 no matter how little time you drive a car or truck onto the place. If there is a REDS noon time baseball game expect to kick in $10 to lauch a boat. So the best BANK fishing spot for miles on the Ohio side around downtown is basically no longer FREE. So another bank fishing spot is removed from folks to fish, just forcing folks to just go to a pay lake instead. Folks that use the ramp to launch their boats or kayaks now will have consider if it is still worth launching there or at other ramps. At least the other ramps can be used even it the river is over 28 ft. and have docks to tie up your boat. Last year Fredrick's Landing charge $50 for the car & boat tag for the whole year to park & lauch a boat. To the best of my knowledge Tanners & New Richmond are still FREE. Just a shame for not only does it mess up my launching my boat I used to go over there to check out if the Skipjacks were active. No way am I going to pay $5 a pop to do that anymore. I now have to wonder what is the best way get my boat in the river to catfish. It takes at least 20 minutes to motor from Fredrick's down to the Ohio River. Just not happy about any of this at all!
MARCH 15th. My brother informed me that Kentucky House Bill #403 about keeping the large catfish in the Ohio river has been dropped! So the commercial fishermen can keep on plundering those large catfish. I had hoped for a different outcome but not surprised it turned out this way.
March 6th.2013 I bought my Kentucky fishing license at my local bait shop yesterday afternoon. It marks my getting ready for the start of the 2013 catfishing season. I now am waiting for a couple of warm days to get my boat on the trailer. Maybe by late March I will try to get some skipjacks for bait.
I took 26 catfishing trips on the Ohio River this year. I fished from early April till the later part of October. I only had 14 trips where I caught at least one fish. The other 12 frustrating times I was skunked! Tally for the fish I did catch is: 17 Channel Cats, 13 Blue Cats, 1 Flathead Cat, 2 Carp, 4 Sheephead Perch. My biggest catfish was a 25 ¾ pound Bluecat , The largest Channel Cat was only 9 pounds. The Flathead was really small; just over 2 pounds. The largest Carp was at 6 pounds, the Perch were all around 1.5 pounds
This was NOT a very good year for me. From what I have read & heard most of the folks had below normal seasons as well. Hopefully 2013 will be more enjoyable and rewarding. With some reasonable current and cooler weather fishing conditions should improve the fishing action.
I made up a separate page for photos of the larger fish I caught on the two trips of October 13th. & 16th. Fish totals 4 fish weight 28 pounds on the 13th. On the 16th 7 fish 37 pounds.
Catfish photos from October 13th. & 16th 2012.
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October 4th. UPDATE: My brother & I had such an outstanding trip this day that for all the details I needed to make a separate page. here is the link for some of the photos and details. My BROTHER'S & I BEST BIG cafishing trip of 2012 He put 90 pounds of catfish in the boat that day!!
Sept 28th. UPDATE: Overcast morning with a cross river breeze, just a little current at last. 08:10 lines in the water at the Mill Creek area, down river breeze there so the boat held straight with front anchor. 08:30 clicker sounded on the dead line but fish did NOT come back. I then rig all the lines to treble hooks. I had 3 more taps; somehow they were able to knock off the small skipjacks from the treble hooks! 09:40 moved down river about 100 yards where I marked fish. No action there at also headed up river.
10:35 I had my lines in the water at HOOTERS. 10:45 I hooked the 1st & biggest fish of the day a channel cat of 1pound 1 oz., 17.5 inches long. Then at 10:50 I had a baby blue cat in the boat. It was only 12 inches 11oz. 11:45 last fish of the day was a 14.5 inch channel cat 1 pound. All the fish hit the bobber rig and the bait was chili pepper seasoned chicken breast. No more action so headed back to the ramp at 12:00. No big fish this trip so no photos were taken. I did have a few fish in the boat, better than being skunked.
Sept 24th. UPDATE: I had such a outstanding trip this day that for all the details I needed to make a separate page. here is the link for some of the photos and details. My BEST catfishing trip of the2012 season!
Here is a photo of the 25 3/4 blue cat 37 inches the biggest Blue of this season!
Sept 17th. UPDATE: I got to the ramp at 08:30, did not net any bait fish again. The 9.9 h.p. motor did NOT start, so had to head back home. I switch over to my 6 h.p. motor and drove back to the ramp. I finally got on the river at around 09:50. My 1st spot to fish was to out side of the breaker at the Serpentine Wall downtown Cincinnati. I fished there for around 45 minutes, no action so headed up river.
My favorite spot is HOOTERS and was had my 3 rods in the water there at 10:40. The action with taps started at 10:50, so I switched to a treble hook on the bobber rig. 11:00 strong bit bobber went under but I missed the fish, cleaned of the treble hook somehow? 11:10 I caught a small Bluecat on the bobber, it was only 13 inches! 11:25 had the big cat of the day hooked. This was a 16 inch 1pound 5 oz. Channel Cat. 11:30 missed another good bite had the bobber under again. 12:05 another small channel cat same 13 inch size.
The wind shifted and started blowing up river, I had to put out the back anchor since there was NO current at all. 12:25 boated the last fish of the day a small 13 inch Bluecat. All of the fish were caught on the bobber rig, and hit chili power seasoned chicken breast. Not sure where all the decent size cat are; just keep getting these small guys. I packed it in at 13:15 and headed for the ramp. Did have some action and the treble hook is working for suspended rigs that is for sure. I hope to get back out this Friday maybe back to the Mill Creek area.
To save space on THIS page I have move some of my 2012 updates to
Here the UPDATES for my 2012 season.
HOW DO CATFISH KNOW?
PLUS LINKS TO OTHER ARTICLES ABOUT CATFISHING on the upper left hand side of the PAGE
Here is the video clip I made of RIGS I use to catch SKIPJACKS for catfish bait from YOUTUBE.
To save space on THIS page I have move some of my 2011 updates to
Here the UPDATES for my 2011 season.
SAVE GAS!! TIME! MONEY!
I have information about COLLECTING as a HOBBY for FUN & extra bucks at
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.
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 year. Here is a short summary of my 2009 season.
My 15 pound BLUECAT that like red hot smokeys.
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
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!
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
Here is the biggest catfish of 2007 I caught Nov 10 th.2007 right above the HOOTERS in Newport Ky. across from Cincinnati!
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 out NUGGETS FROM A CINCINNATI CATFISH GUIDE
CATFISH and OTHER GUIDES
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
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!
Catfishing Basic Equipment.
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