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 !!

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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.

September 24 & 25th. Update: I got my boat in the river around 08:50. I went down river to deeper water, marked fished and anchored. My lines were in the water by 09:20. 09:40 I boated a decent channel cat. It was 23 ½ inches, 5 ¾ pounds. I felt like it was going to a great day of catching some cats for a change. There was a down river wind that was making the water choppy, water temp 75 degrees. I had 2 more hard taps but never ran with the skipjack bait. I did hook into a nice size fish. I had it half way to the boat but never to the surface. The knot came free from the hook, so I never saw the fish!! It felt bigger than the cat I caught at the start of the day.

I went down river again, lots of cats on the bottom. I tried that spot for about 40 minutes, nothing at all. 12:15 I then decided to head back up river for one more spot above the ramp.

Lines were in water at 12:45, I was set up exactly as I wanted. I had 3 rods in the river with 3 different baits. No taps or anything at all. Head home at 13:15, perfect day to be on the river. One decent fish for the effort anyway.

9-25 I picked up my brother and headed for his bank fishing spot. My lines were in the river at 08:15. I had 2 dead lines with skipjack as bait. 09:10 I had a gar run, had it for a few turns of the reel; the line went dead. The line was cut, so I had to tie on another hook. I never saw that fish either.

10:20 my brother had a hard bite, but the fish dropped the bait by the time he got to the rod. He had 1 other tap later. So we decided to call it a day and head home. I went over to wind my line in, that is when I felt a small fish at the end of the line! It was a 15 inch 10 oz. channel cat that liked cherry flavored chicken breast. I was not skunked after all! We did get our stuff and packed it in the car for home at 11:30.

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Update9-18 &19: I got to the ramp at 09:10, later than normal due to traffic. River had a little current with slight down river breeze ideal weather. 09:20 marked fish so I anchored my boat and got my lines in the river. 09:20 I caught a small channel cat that hit a piece of cut skipjack. This one was 17 inches and 2.5 pounds. 09:45 I boated my 1st Blue cat of this year! It was also 17 inches, but was 2.25 pounds. It also liked the skipjack. 10:07 another Channel cat this one hit cut Shad. It measured out to be 18 inches, 2 3/4 pounds. 10:17 the big fish of the day was boated, 3 pounds 18 inches Channel cat. This one was caught with raw shrimp. All hit on 3 different dead line rigs.

11:00 moved up river to the 2nd spot, here I switched to 2 bobber rigs and 2 dead lines. I had hard Gar run on garlic seasoned chicken breast. Had a couple other gar bites but that was all for the day. 12:00 it was getting hot so headed for the ramp and home. Best trip of this year hope I can get more trips in before the COLD a shuts me down.

9-19 My brother & I headed for his bank fishing spot. We had our lines in the river at 08:40. I had a hard Gar run at 08:47 on cut skipjack, thought we might have a good day. My brother & I started cast for skipjacks to replenish our little supply of skipjacks. Between the both of us we must have cast at least 100 times. My brother did catch 2 small ones, I had 3 hits but not hook ups. A strong up river wind started making white caps and no action, so we called it a day at 11:30

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 that I hope will enlighten you to the serious matter of how COMMERICAL FISHERMEN are harming the catfish population on the OHIO RIVER. Recrational fishermen are getting more and more frustrated at what is taking place!

9-8 UPDATE: I got my boat in the river at 07:45, water was 81 degrees. I headed down river to my 1st sport, lines in the water at 08:20. I had 4 rods in the river, 1 was a bobber rig. I had thawed cut shad, seasoned beef sips, and soft dough for bait. 2 taps: 1 on shad 1 on beef strip. 09:35 moved down to 2nd spot, 1 hard bite on dough bait knock it off the treble hook. 10:10 head up river to 3 rd spot,lots of fish, but not even a tap.
4th spot up river some more, got set up just the way I wanted at 11:00. 11:20 I boated a channel cat 20 inches and 4 pounds. I finally got a little reward for my efforts. Then at 11:45 a second channel cat was caught. This one was 23 inches and weighed 6 pound 2 oz. 12:05 had another fish on but it got off near the boat never did see it, but felt on the smaller side. All 3 fish hit the back up bait of garlic seasoned chicken breast. They all hit on the bobber rig as well. I did get some taps on the shad and smoked hot dogs, as well on the dead lines. Both cats were returned to the river to fight another day.
The wind was kicking up, blowing up river so I called it a day. I got home around 13:15 with some satisfaction of finally catching some catfish.

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Aug 21st. Update! I picked up my bother and headed for some bank fishing on the Ohio River. We had our lines in the water at 08:45, river was in great shape. It was a perfect day sunny; and refreshing slight breeze. 09:35 my brother got a strong bite on one of his rods. Then a few minutes later he hooked a small Channel cat on cut skipjack. It was 16 inches and 1 ½ pounds. 09:50 his rod got hammered, this time it was a stripper, 3 ¼ pounds.
10:00 his rod got hit again, a gar hit it, we got it into the dip net before it opened it's he beak. When we got it out of the net, it was 40 inches long. It weighed 5 pounds. Now there is 1 less gar in the Ohio River! The other 2 fish were returned to the river. He had 2 more gar bites, one cut the line. I never even got a tap on either of my rods! Packed it in and headed home at noon time. Still not sure when I will get out in my boat for some catfish action.

July 21st update: It looks like the Ohio River may finally get down by the start of next week!! That means I will get my boat in the river to go after some catfish again. I will try to get so skipjacks and other baits before I go. I know everyone is hoping the rain storms are just about done!!

July 3rd update: The Ohio River has been messed up the past 3 weeks. It has been muddy, with high water and swift current. The forecast is for it to slowly get down to around 30 ft. by mid-week. I hope to get out in my boat by the end of the week for some catfishing action. I also will try to fish for some skipjacks when the river get down. To get bait for future trips.

I did go fishing with my grandson for bluegills at a couple different small lakes. Same results, he out fished me, last trip 22 to 7! Hopefully I will be able to take him out in the boat for some catfishing fun before he heads back to school.

June 15th. Update: I have been on 5 catfishing trips since last update, 3 in my boat and 2 bank fishing with my brother. I did catch my ONLY catfish so far, it was a small Channel cat of 17 inches and 2 pounds.

My boat trips have only produced a total of 3 bites! Fishing from the bank with my brother has even been worse. The last 2 trips I have had 1 tap, my brother 1 bite & 2 taps! We have use cut Skipjack & Shad, raw shrimp, seasoned beef & chicken for bait. Hopefully the action will get better around here soon. By the way I am also on FACEBOOK now!

May 19th,UPDATE Went fishing with my brother today, got our lines in the river at 11;00.There was an up river breeze with some white caps.
My brother caught his 1st. catfish of the year. It was a Channel cat 15 inches long. He also had 6 taps. I had only 1 tap, so not a great day of action! We fished from the bank, all the action was on cut Skipjack. Called it a day at 14:00, next trip we hope for some stronger bites and catching some bigger catfish.

May 1st.UPDATE 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!! As things stand I intend to get my boat in the river around the 12th. of this month. I am tied up this week with other obligations.

APRIL 11th. I finally got my fishing license and some rubber bobber stops at the my local bait shop. I have been looking for rubber bobber stop for 20-30 test line for the past 2 years. Just shows that local bait stores know what fishermen need. The Ohio river is going up near 50 feet again, so no fishing again for about 2 more weeks. It starting to remind me of last Spring, when the river did NOT get settle down till late May.

MARCH 6th. With the new season means getting a new fishing license. I hope you all can get them at a MOM&POP bait shop. Those folks need our support to stay in business against the big national stores selling bait and supplies. With the long Winter here I am not sure when I will get my license. I had intended to get my boat from my brother’s garage by next week. Since the snow is still here I have to wait till the ground gets firm to set it in my back yard. Right now the Ohio is at flood stage so no real rush to get to the river.

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.

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.

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

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

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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!

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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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