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 are to be hooked right here in the Downtown Cincinnati river front. 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.

Feb 13th. The artic cold is here at least for another week. So here is a video that I hope will awaken your fishing fever. Tight lines when it turns warm.

YOU can get a head start on catching some CATFISH 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.


JAN 25TH. The river has been down & in good shape, however the weather has not bee good. Next week more snow & wintery mix is on the way. Hopefully there may be a warm day or tow in February then I will try to wet a line. I did finally did get up on FACEBOOK about three weeks ago. I am still trying to figure how to use it!

2015 is here and I intend to get more time on the river catfishing in the boat this season. I wish everyone tight lines wherever you fish! Odds are it will March before the weather and river conditions are stable enough to fish around here.



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.

Nov 17 2014 update: I am packing my gear away for this year! My brother & I had our last trip on Nov.10th. We had 4 rods in the river for 2 hours & 45 minutes, not even one tap! We had skipjacks & cut shad for bait not even a nibble. We both have decided to put our gear away for this year.

I hope to have an increase in catfishing fever next year. I now am sure I can handle the big boat, so will be on the river more often. Or various reasons river conditions, selling the small boat and fear of handling the big boat reduced my fishing trips this year. I will have to see how my 71 year old body holds up over the winter. Hopefully there will be some decent catfish left to be caught!!

Nov. 4th. My bother & I headed for our bank fishing spot later than usual. We got set up around 11:45. It was sunny when we got there. I got 1 bite at 12:15 and hooked another small catfish. This channel cat was 18 inches and just over 1 pound. I was using a small thawed skipjack for my bait. My brother only uses large chunks of skipjack for his bait. He got a bite around 13:00 but the fish dropped the bait. The longer we stayed the clouds got thicker and the wind started getting stronger.

We did spot 2 C.F. checking their 5 trot lines 1.5 miles below up to the Anderson Ferry. I only saw them pull up a Garr no catfish! I believe that is why the few fish I caught were all so small. The big fish have been cleaned out! We packed it in at 14:00 before the rains came.

Nov.6th. I took my boat over to my brother’s garage for the winter. Next Spring whenever the river gets settled I will go get it. Now that I know how to handle the boat I intend to get it on the river whenever the the river is below 28 feet. Tight lines to all.

Oct 21. & 25. Catfishing trips with my brother from the bank down river from the Anderson Ferry. 10-21 We got our lines in the river around 09:00. Both of us had some taps that cleaned off our baits. 10:20 I finally hooked a small Bluecat it was 17 inches long, just around 1.5 pounds. The fish hit a small cut up skipjack. We had more taps but not a strong bite, fighting the cold wind, we packed it in around 11:45.

Oct. 25th. We had our lines in the same area at 09:00. This time we did dress warmer to fight the cloudy, windy morning. 09:10 I had a hard bite and had the fish for a couple of minutes; then it got off. It felt like a decent size fish but never saw it, might have been a Garr. 09:20 & 09:40 I had hard taps that cleaned off cut skipjack both times. 10:30 I hooked a small Channel cat, it was 15inches and about 1 pound.11:00 I got a small Bluecat of 14 inches about a pound. No more taps after that, so we headed home at 11:45. We had some action even if the fish were on the small side. Not sure when we will get back down there; since weather in November can be cold & snow in the air.

On Sept 30th. I took my boat out by myself. I went out of the Cincinnati Public Landing around 09:30. I cruised around checking for fish with the fish finder; then I headed up river. I got my lines in the water at Hooters at 10:00. I had 1 tap on the dead line. The bite on the bobber rig cleaned of the seasoned chicken breast. I then moved down river to the Mill Creek area. The breeze tuned into an upriver wind around the time I got my lines in the river at 11:15. 11:30 I hooked a small Blue cat of 15 inches and 1 pound. 11:55 I wound in my line and discover there was a tiny Blue cat on the hook. This one was only 12 inches never even tried to weight it. The wind was really picking up so called it a day and headed back to the ramp.

Oct 1st. I went fish with my brother from the bank below the Anderson Ferry on the KY. side of the river. We had our lines in the river by 09.00. We had a number of taps on the cut skipjack & seasoned chicken breast. I had a hard bite at 11:10 then I hooked. It gave me a good fight; I was surprised to see it was a silver perch. It was 20 inches and 3 pounds. That fish hit a piece of cut skipjack. 11:45 I had another good bite but missed it. My brother got 2 more taps. Then we called it a day at 13:00. We plan on getting out more if the weather stays reasonable in the weeks ahead.

9-27 I launched my boat by myself for the 1st time! This whole trip was to be sure I could handle getting the boat off and on the trailer all by myself; so I could take the boat whenever I want in the future. I was very concerned that I could not get the boat on the trailer, then getting out of the boat without falling out off the bow.

The motor kicked in with only a few tries as I left around 09:00 and headed up river. I fished 4 different spots, I had only 2 bites. I did get a hard hit on the dead line and hooked the fish gave me a fight for its size. The Channel cat was 22 inches and 3 ¾ pounds. Both of my bites were on thawed cut skipjack.

I headed down river and the fished finder started beeping, there were fish all over, so I dropped the anchor. I gave it a try, just a slight tap was all I got for the effort. I headed back to the rampaound 12:30 I was pleased that I was able to get the boat on and secured to the trailer by myself; it worked out better than I expected!

I am very much relieved that I am certain that I can take the boat out and run it anytime I want the rest of this Fall and the years ahead.

9-24 UPDATE: Finally got my BIG BOAT on the river! Meet up with my fishing buddy around 09:00 at the Public Landing. The motor kicked over on the fourth try. This was a shake down trip as much as a fishing trip. Joe caught 2 fish using small night crawlers, a 12 inch channel cat and a 20 inch silver perch. I had 1 solid bite on the thawed cut skipjack, but missed it!

We fished only 3 spots during 3.5 hours of fishing. It was good day weather wise to be on the river, just not much action. Called it a day and headed for the ramp, where we still had trouble getting the boat on the trailer. Hopefully I will get better at handling the boat so I can go fish by myself in the near future.

9-17-14 UPDATE I finally got my 16.5 ft. fishing boat from my brother’s garage. He had already put the rod holders & fish finder in place as I arrived at his house. Then he gave me brief refresher on how to start up the electric start 40 h.p. motor.
When I got the boat parked I notice the rain clouds moving in. I was able to get the tarp over the boat just in time.

Now it is my intent to get the boat on the river over this coming weekend. I will be calling a couple of friends to help me get use to getting the boat on & off the trailer. Once I get use to doing that I want to get out catfishing 1 or 2 times a week as long as the weather is reasonable. Hopefully there are a few decent catfish left to be caught.

Aug 7 2014 I just do not have ANY catfishing fever at all! I do not have confidence I can handle getting the large boat on & off the trailer by myself. My 70 old body is not able to do things it had done in the past. With all the reports of the Commercial Fishermen, hauling out so many catfish, I am not sure it worth the efforts to get the boat in the river.

If I get into a better frame of mind then I might give it a try in the Fall.

6-20 This was our 2nd. trip the other was in MAY. My brother & I drove from Cincinnati to the Markland Dam to fish for Skipjacks. We spotted 4 other guys fishing when we walked down to the bank. We watched them fish for several minutes, no fish were being caught. That was not a good sign, but we tried our luck anyway. The swift current caused our jigs to get snagged, resulting in braking off when tried to free them. We never ever saw a Skipjack break water at all.
We Talked with the other guys as they were leaving, no skipjacks and only a few small Mooneyes for all their efforts. Grabbed our gear and climbed back up the steps to the car. My brother & I both agreed that will be the last trip for us to Markland. Too far to run just to waste gas and lose gear with no skipjacks for the effort. From now on we will just try our luck at the mouth of the Licking River.

6-7-14 update: I got a call from my brother this afternoon. His fishing report was he landed a 20 pound Bluecat from the Ky. bank. His bait was the head of a skipjack. He was worn out fighting such a decent size catfish with over 2 mile per current. The sad part is he did not have his camera with him. He said that was the only bite he had all day. He said the belly was just huge, suggesting it was on a feeding binge. At least there is still 1 decent catfish left west of Cincinnati. Hopefully if the rains do not mess things up I hope to wet a line very soon.

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.

5-02-14 UPDATE Heavy rains last Monday have driven the Ohio River up to 42 ft.; very muddy, with swift currents. It will be at least another week before it might get fishable barring any more big rain storms up river. It seems we get only about 2 days for the Ohio to be low & clear before it gets messed up again. One bright note we now have a new bait shop open. It is Mike’s Bait Shop at 1017 Monmouth St. Newport Ky. I hope it is able to stays around; it is hard for the small guy to compete these days.

I am still wondering how or when I will be getting my first trip in season. Looks like I will be stuck going out of” Fredrick’s Landing” again this year. The 1 ramp on the Ohio with the same fee is just TOO steep and narrow for me to back down with the big boat.

Results for the folks of that catfish tournament so far this season is not very encouraging at all. The tournament had 9 boats the largest catfish was only 14 pounds!! Commercial Fishermen nets were all over the area from the report I received. Once those catfish are hauled out of the river they are gone forever.

I might try to get some bluegill fishing while the river is so messed up.

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

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 some of my 2012 updates to
Here the UPDATES for my 2012 season.



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.


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 02-13-15

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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