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 16 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.

For 2017 I wish everyone GOOD HEALTH and TIGHT LINES!

June 8th Update 09:20 I picked up my grandson and got some gas then headed for the river and the first trip in the boat for this year. We finally got the boat in the water around 10:15. I headed the boat down river, stronger current than I had expected. I stopped the boat at a creek mouth to net Shad. I got 1 shad, on the next throw the net got hung up on a snag. I wound up having to cut lines and lost it. We marked fish just below the creek so that we finally got our lines in the water around 10:45. We cut up the fresh shad for bait on 2 of the rods, thawed bluegills and skipjack on the other 2 rods. We fished there for around 30 minutes NO bites. Motored back up river and spotted another load of fish, so fished there for some time.

That occurred for the rest of the trip no bites at all, we did try at 6 different spots. The motor worked fine so that was good. I forgot how hard it is to pull a 15 pound anchor up out of 45 feet of water. The weather was just right temperature wise. We called it a day at around 1:45 and headed back to the ramp. I just keep hoping to get some action especially with my grandson so he has the thrill of catching some catfish.

April 13th. I will be tied up with family matters until the latter part of this month. Hopfully the Ohio River will be down and clear at that time so I can get out in my boat. Looking forward to having more catfish in the boat this year.

Feb 26th. Last week we had very warm wether here so I picked up my brother at 13:05 for our first bank catfishing trip this year to the Ohio River. We got out lines in the river at 13:30; the river was muddy and decent amount of current. Once the sun got out the temperature was decent with a light jacket to block the breeze. We had 5 rods out with shrimp and seasoned chicken breast for bait. No bites at all at 15:30, a guy came back to the ramp to get his boat out of the river. He gave us his left over frozen skip jacks for bait. I put some cut Skip Jack on my two rods to see if that would get some action. It did not make any difference with getting the catfish to bite. At 16:30 we packed it in and headed home, for we never even got a solid bite. It was a nice day to be out especially for February, just hope we get some action in the future.

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February 6th. Update: Since the catfish in my part of the Ohio River have been depleted so much I am considering fishing for Striper bass. This is all new to me as I never fished for Stripers before. I normally anchor up with my boat and fish dead line for catfish. I have posted messages to several fishing groups and viewed many videos on the web. I have obtained some good information from the replies to my post and I am grateful to all those folks. I intend to start each fishing trip this season catfishing, but might have 1 rod ready just for striper fishing
I am also going to be checking out some local spots for creek chubs. That way I can stock up on some bait fish to have ready for the start of my catfishing season. The way the weather and river works around here I figure the first of March should be when I start wetting a line.

December 2nd update: Here is a summary of MY 2016 disappointing CATFISHING season. I put in a good amount of effort with not much in the way of action from the fish. I went on 25 combined bank and boat trips. I had a grand total of 14 catfish and my grandson boated one nice Channel cat.

One big Bluecat two other decent size catfish and rest channels cats 2.5 to 8.5 pounds comprised the size of the fish that were hooked.

I used various types of baits, cut shad & skipjacks, shrimp hot dogs, seasoned chicken breast and chicken liver.

Next year I am considering going up to W.V. section of the Ohio River. The Ohio AND W.V. DO NOT allow commercial fishermen on that part of the Ohio River. It is a shame but that might be the only way to hook into a decent number and size of catfish again.

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.

To save space on THIS page I have move my 2016 updates to
Here are the detail UPDATES for my 2016 season.

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.

Oct 10th A decent size flathead catfish from the Ohio River near Cincinnati Ohio!

13.5 pound  flathead catfish from Ohio River near Cincinnati Ohio

On May the 14th. 2016 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.


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.

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 out


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





PLUS LINKS TO OTHER ARTICLES ABOUT CATFISHING on the upper left hand side of the PAGE.

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 are some photos to show some of those locations. So check it 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.

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.

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.

February 28, 2005 For all the details check out


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.


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.


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 06-13-17

Catfishing Basic Equipment.

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