I wish everyone TIGHT LINES all during 2008 !!
Wet a line and stay awhile!
Here is UPDATES OF MY FISING TRIPS IN 2008. There are Blue cats, Flatheads and Channel cats just waiting to be hooked right here in the Downtown Cincinnati area. Information for enjoying YOUR catfishing time.
August 6th. UPDATE: I launched the boat from the Public landing at 08:00. It took us 20 minutes to get down river to the Mill Creek area. We fish that spot for nearly an hour with just a couple of taps. Moved the boat around to check the river with the fish finder, NOTHING showed up. Turned the boat up river spotted some fish at the Rail road bridge in Ludlow. Fished that area once again just some taps, no hard bites. Checked out 3 more spots, with same results. We boated up to my hot spot at Hooters. We got into some action at long last. I hooked 3 channel cats on cut skipjacks. My smallest was 3.5 pounds, largest was 6.7 pounds. Joe boated a channel cat on cut SMOKIES, it was 1.8 pounds. All this fun happened in just 1 hour a little after noon. Had some bigger fish this trip, hope get even a few more on the next trip out.
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August 1st update: launched my boat at 07:30 from the Public Landing. I got my lines in the water below the Mill Creek at 07:50. The water was clear, no current, and a breeze was coming right up the river. 08:10 had a fish on but knot at the hook slipped off! 08:35 put decent channel cat of 5.5 pounds 23 inches long in the boat. I moved the boat down river. I noticed a tap on a pole, but it stopped, so wound it in to check the bait. On the other was a small Flathead cat that swallowed the cut skipjack. He was just over a pound and only 14 inches. I took the boat back to my first spot and had to put out my back anchor for the wind was turning my boat around. 10:40 noticed rod tip bouncing a little, pick it up and when the line tightened set the hook. This was biggest channel cat so far of this season. He was 7.3 pounds and 25 inched long. I did get a couple photos of the fish. Once again the fish had swallowed the hook. I cut the line and got him back in the river. Headed back up river to get out of the wind and find some shade. I anchored under the railroad bridge in Covington for about 30 minutes. Had no action at all so decided to call it a day and headed back to the ramp. Best trip of this poor season, things are getting some better with the river finally settling down. Plan on getting back out sometime next week.
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-mailattachement!
July 27th. UPDATE: Just got back home from a family vacation. I hear the river has finally cleared up. It is also down below 27 feet. I can now get to wet a line any day this week. Have to find a way to secure my fish finder's tranducer before I go out. Got my anchor all set. Will let you all know how my next trip works out.
July 17th. UPDATE: Went fishing with a buddy on the 9th. Had to launch on the Licking River. We spotted fish at a few places and tried our luck as we headed for the Ohio River. Did not get any action so went to my favorite spot on the Ohio. The Ohio was running hard and on the muddy side. I got a tap at 10:12, then at 10:30 hooked a baby bluecat, 14 inches long and 1/2 lb. As I was getting it in the boat I noticed the boat was drifting, anchor rope broke!. The back anchor was too light to hold the boat, so we had to head back into the Licking River. When we got there I notice my fishfinder was not working right. Tried a couple of spots but with heat called it a day. When we got the boat on the trailer discover the transducer was torned off the cable somehow! That small catfish cost me around $70. But now have a new anchor & anchor rope. Had a back up fishfinder at home so will be set next time I go out.
July 2nd UPDATE: Went fishing with my brother in his boat left the ramp at 07:15 and went down the Licking to the Ohio River. Head to the Mill Creek area, found a big tow and barges were sitting there. Went down river further to try to spot some fish and get out of the drift that was flowing in the [B]fast current[/B]. It was sort of that way for the whole time we fished. We really never spotted any grouping of fish with the fish finder. We Tried 6 different spots. Only had 1 solid bite with 4 poles in the water in 4 hours of fishing. Cut skipjack was the bait but really no action. Needless to say we were very disappointed with our results for this trip. I hope the River will get down and STAY down for a some time then maybe the cats will start to feed right. Looks like the Ohio will be low enough next week for me to try with my boat again.
June 27th UPDATE: Got my boat in the river around 08:05 . Headed to the Licking River to try get some shad. Threw my net about 3 times came up empty. I went up to my favorite spot to start fishing. Had to depend on my back up baitssince I did not net any freah shad. At 09:20 I hooked a 4.1pound channel cat. It hit the chunks of hot dog flavored with strawberry jello powder. At my second spot as I was re-rigging one pole, the other reel started signing. By the time I got to the rod the fish cleaned off the bait. That bite was also on the flavored hot dog The wind started blowing at a strong level right up the river. This caused my boat to swing too much, so called it a day a little early At least I did not get skunked.
June 17th. UPDATE: The Ohio & Licking Rivers are now settled down. I had a report that the Skipjacks where being caught at the Mouth Of the Licking 2 weeks ago. They also should be showing up at the back end of the showboat at Cincinnati's public Landing. Try eaqrly in the morning for there little boat traffic at that time. they are on the the smaller side avering less than 10 inches normally.
May 28th. UPDATE: I put the boat in the Ohio River at 07:50. There was a strong down river wind which made the river very choppy. I got my 2 lines in the water at 08:20 just below the Mill Creek. 08:27 I hooked my 1st. catfish of the 2008 season. The channel cat was 23 inches long and weigh 6.4 pounds. It hit some shrimp soaked in vanilla extract. At 08:55 had another strong bite on the shrimp. I pulled back to set the hook but came up empty. Netted some Shad for bait and fish for another hour. Not one bite, so headed back up river. By now the wind really was rocking my small boat. The current seemed to racing hard as well. Just gave up fighting those conditions and headed home at 12 noon. At least I did boat my first catfish of the year. Here are photos of the catfish.
May 7th. UPDATE: River was up a little bit made getting the boat launched a bit tricky. My buddy & I headed down river, got our lines in the water around 08:40. Saw loads of suspended fish not many cats at all. Tried total of 4 spots not ONE BITE! The wind got very stong with white caps, so headed back to the ramp at 12:30. Hope the catfish are hungry next time.
April 28th. UPDATE: At long last I was able to launch my boat in the Ohio River this morning. I headed right down river to the Mill Creek, I wanted to check out that area for skipjacks or shad. I saw loads of bait fish on the fish finder. However after many throws with my casting net came up empty! Finally got my lines in the water at 09:05, I fished for about 40 minutes. I saw suspended fish all over, but no bites at all so I headed for my 2nd spot. Fish there around 35 minutes no action. Went over to the Ky. side of the river and checked out some areas with my fish finder. I headed up river to fish three of my favorite spots. The wind was blowing up river so it made things difficult turning the boat after I anchored. No luck anywhere today, but the shake down check of boat & trailer worked out. I called it a day at 12:30 and headed home. Hopefully my next trip the cat fish will be in an eating mood.
March 26th. UPDATE: With today's warm sunny weather I was able to get my car's wiring harness for the boat trailer hooked up. I also put non-skid strips in the bottem of my boat. They really help when from falling when I am handling my boat anchors. I also checked out one of the reels I had put new line on over the Winter. It took about 5 cast to get the spool tension set right. The Ohio River is slowly falling, with a little luck may get to wet a line the first week in April.
February 4th. 2008 UPDATE: The other week I got a catalog for the 2008 fishing season. What really caught my eye was the cost of a fishing rod or reel for catfishing. Talk about sticker shock; rods around $100 and reels between $100 and $200!! No way can I afford those prices. If money is tight and you still want decent gear I advise you to consider a couple of buying options. Check out any garage or yard sales in your town. Garage or yard sales can be cheap price wise but normally not a great selection of items to choose from. It also takes stopping at a lot of houses before you may find any fishing gear. In March visit your local flea market. I have purchased two good rods and reel combinations for around $50 each at the flea market. The flea market sometimes also has bobbers, sinkers, even casting net at low cost. If you have the time especially before the fishing season starts, it can be very worth while to give it a shot.
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 In the next few weeks I will get the West side of Cincinnati spots on that page.
CHECK OUT PAST CATFISHING SEASONS
December 5th. UPDATE: I have updated this page with a link to a summary of my 2007 season. It also has the detail updates for this past Fall. Here is the page My 2007 season summary
December 6th.2006 SUMMARY OF MY 2006 CATFISHING SEASON
I put all the details of my trips of 2006 on this page. So check out MY 2006 CATFISHING SEASON
The events that occurred in 2005 !!check out log book of my CATFISHING for 2005
April 19-20, 2005!! Finally the Ohio River got down to a fishable level so I was able to use my boat. I spent a total of 10 hours over those 2days. Fished 13 different spots. Here are the details of those trips. ALMOST SKUNKED CATFISHING DAY
February 28, 2005 UPDATE!! My first catfishing trip on the water for the 2005 season happened on Feb 25th. Went with a new fishing friend Josh on his boat on a very cold day. For all the details check out FIRST CATFISH OF 2005
High points of my 2004 season.
For all the different baits I have USED for CATFISHING this part of the Ohio River 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. The info can be use on any BIG RIVER. Check out NUGGETS FROM A CINCINNATI CATFISH GUIDE
CATFISH and OTHER GUIDES
For tips I have USED to save a buck or two 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. Here is the CHEAP POWER FOR FISHFINDER link to the information and pictures.
Red River 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! For more info check out
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 U.S. RIVERS!
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