View of Ohio River at Cincinnati Ohio

CELEBRATING over 14 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.

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.

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!!

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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.

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.

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.

MY BIGGEST fish of the 2013 a 9.5 pound Channel Cat


August 20th. I had my best day of catching catfish for this year. I left Frerick’s Landing at 07:55 and went to the Ohio River to wet my lines. 1st spot no bites in 30 minutes so moved up to Joe’s Crab Shack area. At 09:32 reel clicker sounded off but fish did not stay with it. Re-baited and cast to the same area, no sooner had it was in the water, hooked a fish. It was a Channel Cat that put up a good fight in the current. It was 5 ½ pounds and 23 inches. It like the shrimp soaked with vanilla extract. I had a couple more bites then they stopped. 3rd spot was just above Hooters, rod in the water at10:30. My outside rod got hammered at 10:35; it took some time to boat this fish. As I was fighting this fish my center rod took off, and I hooked that fish. I really had my hands full trying to get those fighting fish into the dip net by myself. The first fish was 27 inches and 7½ pounds, the 2nd one was 26 inches 7¾ pounds.
Re-baited with the soaked shrimp and it was hit, this small channel got off just a few feet from the boat. I had several bites that cleaned off the shrimp. 11:05 caught the last fish of the day. This channel cat was 5 pounds and 23 inches.
So the back up bait of Shrimp worked very well, soaked or raw. All the bites were on dead line, never touched my bobber rig. I am now a little more eager to get back on the river with my boat. No monsters but, decent size and had lots of bites that had my hart jumping. I packed it in and headed back to the ramp at 11:55 it was getting too hot for me. I returned all the fish back to the river so they can fight another day.

UPDATED 03-20-16

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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